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Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen is a trained sociologist from the University of Copenhagen and holds a PhD. from Aalborg University. Rikke's research focuses on deprived neighbourhoods, diversity, segregation, mixed resident composition, social cohesion and forced relocation. Rikke uses a wide range of both quantitative and qualitative methods in her work and has carried out several projects based on mixed methods, as well as edited books on surveys and on mixed methods research.

Rikke has worked as an international expert on Danish affairs, e.g. through a Dutch project on Vulnerable Neighbourhoods and a German project on European Housing Policy in preparation for the German Presidency of the EU. Rikke has a broad international network, built up in particular through participation in a number of international projects, including several EU projects under FP7, Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, as well as through her role as workshop coordinator of the European Network of Housing Research Working Group 'Ethnic Minority Groups and Housing'.

In relation to teaching, Rikke has for a number of years been responsible for the master's programme City, Housing and Settlement, as well as teaching and supervising master theses within the programme. Rikke is also a member of the study board of the Department of the Built Environment.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification


1 Oct 20092014

Award Date: 24 Sept 2014

Sociology, Master, University of Copenhagen

1 Feb 200610 Sept 2008

Award Date: 10 Sept 2008

Sociology, Bachelor, University of Copenhagen

1 Sept 20029 Jan 2006

Award Date: 9 Jan 2006

External positions

Research Assistant, University of Copenhagen

Aug 2008Sept 2009


  • Sociology and Social Conditions
  • Spatial segregation
  • Diversity
  • Social cohesion
  • Migration and integration
  • Social mobility
  • Deprived Neighbourhoods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Urban regeneration


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