Christopher Pissarides graduated with a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. After brief spells at the Central Bank of Cyprus and the University of Southampton, he returned to LSE, where he is currently a Professor of Economics and the director of the research programme on Technology and Growth at the Centre for Economic Performance. In 1999 he completed a three-year term as Head of the Economics Department. His main research interests are in macroeconomics and the theory of labour markets. He has written extensively on unemployment and labour market policy issues. He has written two books (the second one, Equilibrium Unemployment Theory, now in its second edition, published in 2000 by MIT Press) and several articles and he has been a consultant at the World Bank, the European Commission and the OECD. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, a member of Council of the Royal Economic Society, a research fellow of CEPR and IZA and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Cyprus. IN 2009 he won the Nobel Prize in Economics.