Ivan Nygaard has more than 30 years of experience working within the field of renewable energy, and has been addressing legal, regulatory, technical, and economic issues related to development, diffusion and application of green and renewable energy technologies. He has for the last 20 years worked closely with various actors, from universities, government to the private sector in developing countries. He has strong management experience from six larger multidisciplinary and multi stakeholder projects in 11 countries in SSA, in which research has been combined with policy advice, planning and implementation from government level to village level.
Dr. Nygaard holds a PhD in Development Studies and a M.Sc. in Engineering.
His research focusses on political, institutional and economic drivers of innovation, development and diffusion of climate friendly technologies in developing countries, mainly drawing on three theoretical perspectives: the sustainability transition perspective, the global value chain perspective (GVC) and the planned intervention perspective. Thematically, the research focusses on renewable energy technologies, including solar, wind, biomass and biofuel technologies, and comprises both small-scale technologies for rural electrification and large-scale technologies for national electricity grids.