Prof. Dirk Messner is co-chair of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 and a member of the steering committee. He has been head of the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University (UNU-EHS) since October 2018. In 2011, he was appointed co-director of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Messner was director of the German Development Institute in Bonn from 2003 to 2018.
He plays an active role in various high-level political advisory bodies. He is co-chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (since 2013), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (since 2014), and the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 (since 2017).
He was a member of the China Council on Global Cooperation on Development and Environment (CCICED) from 2007 to 2017.
Messner’s main research interests are globalisation/global governance, sustainable development and digitalisation, the decarbonisation of the global economy, and the evolution of human cooperation.
In the Science Platform Sustainability 2030, he also leads the working group on Mobility.