DIR - Research Center on Development and International Relations

  • Kroghstraede 3

    9220 Aalborg Ø


Organization profile

Organisation profile


DIR started as an interfaculty and interdisciplinary research unit undertaking research and postgraduate teaching in the field of development and international relations. Its origin as an academic unit began in 1982. In 1995, DIR evolved into an interdisciplinary research centre to promote knowledge production on problems and challenges that enable critical contribution to enhancing the aspirations.


The uniqueness of DIR, both in research and teaching, lies in the combination of two interdisciplinary fields - development studies and international relations - that engender critical enquiry, critical thinking, creativity and open-mindedness.


DIR's value and vision are aimed at actively creating intellectual and knowledge synergies and syntheses through critical engagement with on-going theories and debates on globalization and development as well as closely linking with studies and analyses of alternative ideas, approaches, movements for reform or transformation that emerge through the processes of globalization and development.


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China Social Sciences
capitalist society Social Sciences
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Syria Social Sciences
civil society Social Sciences
non-governmental organization Social Sciences
innovation Earth & Environmental Sciences
economics Social Sciences

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Projects 2005 2023

Research Output 1983 2019

13 More Acts of Academic Journalism and Historical Commentary on Human Rights: Human Rights in a Time of Trial

Dorfman, B., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Building left-wing populism in Denmark. Moving far away from the right

Agustin, O. G., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Imagining the Peoples of Europe. Populist discourses across the political spectrum. Zienkowski, J. & Breeze, R. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing Company, p. 149-171 (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, Vol. 83).

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

China-Latin America Relations in the 21st Century: the Dual Complexities of Opportunities and Challenges

Bernal-Meza, R. (ed.) & Li, X., Jun 2019, (Submitted) Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

Activities 2000 2019

Press / Media

Optrapning i konflikten mellem Iran og USA

Søren Schmidt


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Adjunkt fyret for at give alle sine studerende 12

Henrik Halkier & Erick Gonzalo Palomares Rodriguez


4 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Nordjyder valgte sofaen

Søren Dosenrode


4 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media