• Researcher-Directors

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Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), and Deputy Director Imme Scholz are engaged in research activities both within German and international research networks and in cooperation with projects that belong to DIE programmes. Their areas of investigation include fundamental questions of development policy, the transformation of international patterns of cooperation between OECD and non-OECD countries, the emergence of pathways to sustainable development in the context of global change (with a particular focus on the impact of digitalisation and of decreasing social cohesion), the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and development policy cooperation in Europe. Dirk Messner is Co-Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat globale Umweltveränderungen, WBGU) and Co-Chair of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030. Imme Scholz is a Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development (Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, RNE) and is co-chairing the T20 Task Force on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development since 2016.