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Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner

Function: Former Director

Work areas:

  • Globalisation
  • Global Governance
  • Global Development
  • Climate Change
  • Low Carbon Development
  • Asian Drivers of Global Change

Responsibilities in education and training:

Teaching for the University of Duisburg-Essen – Social Sciences:

Teaching activities (inter alia) for:

Responsibilities in education and training

Teaching for the University of Duisburg-Essen – Social Sciences:

  • Global Governance and Development
  • Climate Change as a Driver of Global Change
  • Dynamiken und Transformationen in der Weltwirtschaft
  • Entwicklungstheorien auf Makro-, Meso- und Mikro-Ebene
  • Einführung in die Entwicklungstheorien
  • Von der unilateralen Weltordnung zum turbulenten Multilateralismus? Global Governance im Wandel
  • Entwicklungsländer in der Weltwirtschaft: Gewinner und Verlierer der Globalisierung
  • Zukunftsfragen der Entwicklungspolitik

Teaching activities (inter alia) for:

Research and teaching activities

Development economist and political scientist with research and teaching activities in different Latin American and Asian Countries. Areas of specialisation include:

  • globalisation and global governance,
  • global environmental change and development,
  • development policy,
  • low carbon strategies/ international competitiveness/ systemic competitiveness,
  • state and development/ governance theories/ network theories

Expertise work for


Member of


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Since 10/2018 United Nations University (UNU)
Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
2003-9/2018Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
since 2013Co-Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (German Advisory Council on Global Change WBGU) to the German Federal Government
since 2011Co-Director
Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
since 2006Professor for Political Science
University of Duisburg-Essen
2003Professor for International Political Economy
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
Geschwister Scholl Institute for Political Science
2002-2004Free University of Berlin
Adjunct Professor for Political Science
Faculty of Economics and Social Science
2002Free University of Berlin
subject of the thesis:
"Desafíos de la globalización en América Latina"
1995-2003Academic Director of the
Institute of Development and Peace /
Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF)

of the University Duisburg-Essen; Duisburg
1995Free University of Berlin
Dissertation (summa cum laude)
(Dr. rer. pol.)
subject of the thesis:
"The Network Society: International Competitiveness as a Problem of Social Governance"
1989-1995German Development Institute
Dept. "Industrialisation; newly indutrialising countries"
Regional focus: Latin America
1982-1988Free University of Berlin and Sogang University Seoul. Studies in Political Science and Economics

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces