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Since October 2018, Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner is the director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security of United Nations University (UNU-EHS).He is also the Co-Director of the “Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research”, University Duisburg-Essen since 2011.
Professor Messner has also been the Director of the “German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).” Based on his research, he is engaged in high-ranking policy advisory councils: He has been Co-Chair of the “German Advisory Council on Global Change” (“Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen” (WBGU) since 2013 and of the „Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany “(SDSN) since 2014 as well as Co-Chair of the “Science Platform Sustainability 2030”. Also, he was a member of the “China Council on Global Cooperation on Development and Environment“(CCICED) from 2007-2017.
His work areas focus on Global change and Sustainable Development, Transformation towards the Decarbonisation of the global Economy, Global Governance and International Cooperation.