Prof. D.J. Koch (Dirk Jan)

Professor occupying an endowed chair - Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies
Professor occupying an endowed chair - Radboud Social Cultural Research

Prof. D.J. Koch (Dirk Jan)
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Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD NIJMEGEN

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Postbus 9104
6500 HE NIJMEGEN

Working days Friday

Dirk-Jan (1980) is director of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) of the Dutch government and parliament. He has been serving as the Chief Science Officer of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2019-2023) and as its Special Envoy for Natural Resources (2014- 2018). He is Special Professor of International Trade & Development Cooperation. Dirk-Jan finished his PhD (cum laude) at the Radboud University in 2009 and focused on geographic choices of international development NGOs. He was based for 5 years in the DRC and 2 years in Kenya, where he worked amongst others as a regional director at Search for Common Ground, as a professor at the Catholic University of Kinshasa and as a diplomat of the Netherlands to the DRC. His current research focus is the ‘unintended effects of foreign aid’ and his book on this topic can be found in the link below (OpenAcess).

Thematic & geographic focus areas: Intended and unintended effects of international cooperation. Aid & trade, NGOs, Central-Africa, natural resources, policy coherence for development
Theoretical interests: Poverty, Inequality, Sustainability.

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