Dirk Messner

Director of the German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn

Professor Dr Dirk Messner has been Director of the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)  since 2003. He is also Co-Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University Duisburg-Essen, which was established in 2012. Dirk Messner completed numerous research stays in Asia, Latin America and the U.S. in the past 20 years, directed many international research programmes in the field of global sustainability and global governance and thus created a dense international research network. Based on his research, Dirk Messner is engaged in high-ranking policy advisory councils: He is Co-Chair (since 2013) of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU)) and member of the China Council on Global Cooperation on Development and Environment. Also, he is a member of the Global Knowledge Advisory Commission of the World Bank and member of the European Commissions’ Scientific Advisory Board for EU Development Policy. Dirk Messner studied political science and economics at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Sogang University of Seoul/ South Korea.


  • Messner, Dirk (2015): Shaping global sustainability in the umbrella of “comprehensive globalisation” – Germany’s role. In: The Chinese Journal of Global Governance 1 (1), 16-35.
  • Messner, Dirk/Guarín, Alejandro (2015): Globale Kooperation: sind Menschen auf diese zivilisatorische Herausforderung vorbereitet? In: Unikate 47/2015, 10-24.
  • Messner, Dirk (2015): A social contract for low carbon and sustainable development: reflections on non-linear dynamics of social realignments and technological innovations in transformation processes. In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change (forthcoming).
  • Messner, Dirk/Weinlich, Silke (2015): Global cooperation and the human factor in international relations. London: Routledge (forthcoming).
  • Messner, Dirk/Wermuth, Ewald/Grevi, Giovanni /Ribera, Teresa/Watkins, Kevin (2015): Verbunden, umstritten und komplex – Warum Europa eine globale Strategie braucht. Bonn: German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) (Die aktuelle Kolumne, 06.07.2015)


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