DIR - Research Center on Development and International Relations 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 - Research Center on Development and International Relations, 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 - Research Center on Development and International Relations' 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.