The Association of Development Researchers in Denmark (FAU) is a voluntary, membership-based organisation. The Association has existed since 1982 with the objectives to promote interdisciplinary research and dissemination hereof among academics, practitioners and students.

Board of directors

FAUs Board consists of six (6) officer bearers (directors) and a number of alternates. Three directors (members) are elected for a period of 2 years at even years, and three directors are elected for a period of 2 years at uneven years. The association strives to have representatives from all research institutions dealing with developmental issues. At its first meeting, the Board shall elect a chairman (or spokesperson), a vice chairman (or spokesperson) and a treasurer. At the association's annual meeting an internal auditor is elected. FAUs current internal auditor is John Flemming Christiansen.

If you wish to become a member, please write an email to fau.msc@cbs.dk. The Secretariat will then stand for re-consignment of your inquiry.

Board of directors

  • Spokesperson, Annette Skovsted Hansen (Departments of History and Global Studies, Aarhus University (AU))
  • Spokesperson and treasurer, Søren Jeppesen (Department of Management Society and Communication, Copenhagen Business School (CBS))
  • Jacob Rasmussen (Department of Social Sciences and Business, RUC)
  • Martin Hvidt (Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Southern Denmark (SDU))
  • Mikkel Funder (Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS)
  • Vibeke Andersson (Department of Politics and Society, AAU) 


  • Torsten Rødel Berg (Department of Agroecology, AU) 
  • Aase Mygind Madsen  
  • Irene Nørlund 
  • Jørgen Dige Pedersen (Department of Political Science, AU) 
  • Iben Nathan (Global Development, Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO), University of Copenhagen (UCPH)) 
  • Jens Lehrmann Rasmussen 
  • Mette Kjær (Department of Political Science, AU) 
  • Arne Wangel (Editer in Chief at Danish Development Research Network)
  • Neil Webster (Senior Research Fellow, DIIS)



The aim of the association is to promote socio-economic and other development research in Denmark, to develop and strengthen contacts between researchers and development to support the dissemination of research results.



The membership is open to any person or institution who supports the Association of Development Researchers in Denmark (FAU) objectives are to;

  • Promote social science and other research about the third the world.
  • Expand and strengthen relations among developing researchers in social sciences, natural sciences and humanities.
  • Support the dissemination of research results to a border public.

FAU was founded in 1982 at the initiative of a group of researchers affiliated with universities as well as the former Center for Development Research (now part of the Danish Institute for International Studies, DIIS). The intention was to create a forum that could be used by researchers from various institutions and from different disciplines for joint discussions. At the same time the association contributes to a more coordinated approach regarding the dissemination of development research. In 1985, the association's purpose changed to include development research within the humanities and natural science as well.