Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner

Department: Directors

Function: Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

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

Responsibilities in education and training:

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




since 2003Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
since 2004Member (Vice Chair since 2009) of the
German Advisory Council on Global Change
(Wissenschaftlicher Beirat globale Umweltveränderungen WBGU)

to the German Federal Government
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



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Review 2014 - A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy

How can global sustainability succeed?
A contribution by Dirk Messner within the "Review 2014 - A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy" special.

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) participates in this open process of discussion about German foreign policy.

Video - Dirk Messner

Video - Dirk Messner


The low-carbon transformation: a social science perspective

Leggewie, Claus / Dirk Messner (2012)

published on Journal of renewable and sustainable energy 4/2012 doi: 10.1063/1.4730138


The Behavioural Dimensions of International Cooperation

Messner, Dirk / Alejandro Guarín / Daniel Haun (2013)
Duisburg: Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21)


Human Progress within Planetary Guardrails: a Contribution to the SDG Debate

A Contribution of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) to the SDG Debate.

In the media

Das ganze Kabinett muss Außenpolitik machen
20 February 2014

In the media

Zusammenarbeit ist menschlich
Frankfurter Rundschau
4 February 2014

In the media

Der Mensch ist kooperativ!
8 January 2014