30 September 2016

Carlsberg Foundations Research Prize 2016 goes to Global Development professor

Professor of Law Morten Broberg received Sunday, September 25 the Carlsberg Foundation's Research Prize 2016. He receives the award for his research within International Development Law, which includes, among other things, his current research in so-called "slow disasters"

It was in connection with a project on the EU's regulation of food that Morten Broberg, 8 years ago, really noticed 'international development law'. It was, in his words, "a large and important, but surprisingly undeveloped research area".

Since then, he has developed the field, and works today with legal challenges and dilemmas in areas such as development aid, international trade and justice reforms in developing countries:

Morten Broberg explains: "My primary task is to identify some of the key challenges facing developing countries and to develop useable solutions to these. For example, I have chosen to focus on the so-called "slow disasters" (slow onset disasters). When we hear the word disaster, we normally think of earthquakes, tsunamis and other similar sudden, violent events. But many disasters only occur slowly - at times so imperceptibly that we in the West do not become aware of them. This applies to, for example, prolonged or repeated drought, which can lead to famine. Here, an early, preventive effort could save many lives and much suffering - but sadly aid organisations often have difficultly activating donors before the situation has developed into an actual disaster."

•                    Watch the film about Morten Broberg

Successful research across disciplines

Morten Broberg’s research focuses not only on rules of law and legal aspects, but also on the consequences of rules of law in the broad sense. This is why he works with researchers from a wide range of subject areas, dealing with the same issues from other perspectives. Since 2012, he has headed the interdisciplinary research project "Changing disasters". In addition, he is part of the University of Copenhagen's highly respected development research environment and he is one of the teachers on the new master’s programme, Global Development which he that he considers essential for his work:

"I really appreciate the very active, cross-faculty development research environment that I am part of at the University of Copenhagen. I learn so much from my colleagues there, and I therefore very much regard the award of the Carlsberg Foundation's Research Prize 2016 as a recognition of this environment."