Welcome to Development Studies Association
The Development Studies Association is the UK's learned society and professional body for academic teaching and research, policy and practice in the field of international development.
While the annual conference is a principle focus for the association, the DSA is active throughout the year through it's many Study Groups. All those involved in development either as teachers, researchers, consultants or practitioners, are welcome to join both the Study Groups and the DSA itself.
DSA2017: call for panels now open
This year's annual conference will take place in the north of England from 6-8 September 2017. Building on the enthusiasm with which last year’s event was met, we hope to gather ~400 colleagues from the Development Studies community - practitioners, consultants, academics, NGO workers, graduate students and school students - for three stimulating days in Bradford. The conference theme is now posted and the call for panels is open. This will be followed by an open call for papers (to accepted panels). The deadline for panel submissions is 1st March. So please read the theme, read the call, and start planning your panel.View the conference part of this site.
Nominations for the 2017 DSA/ICEA Prize: deadline month-end!
All Development Studies and Economics departments in the UK are invited to submit one dissertation each for consideration. Nominations will be accepted until 28 February, with the award to be made during the Opening Plenary of the DSA 2017 conference at the University of Bradford.
For more information about criteria and who to send nominations to, click here.
Development and Change (IISS) Annual Lecture and Interview
The inaugural Development and Change annual lecture took place at DSA2016. Entitled After development: surplus population and the politics of entitlement it was given by Professor Tania Li, University of Toronto.
- Watch the lecture here
- You can also watch Professor Tania Li in conversation with Murat Arsel, co-chair, Development and Change
- Tania Li profile URL: munkschool.utoronto.ca/profile/li-tania/
The 2016 DSA/ICEA Dissertation Prize
The 2016 DSA/ICEA dissertation prize has been awarded to Robert Mwanamanga from Bradford University, for his work “Does foreign aid promote growth? Evidence from Malawi”. The prize includes £1000 and an invitation to present the findings of the dissertation at the DSA’s annual conference. Robert’s dissertation reviews the extensive literature on the relation between aid and economic growth and tests different statistical models against data from Malawi.
The prize is offered each year by the DSA and the International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA). Read more.
DSA-OUP book series first title now available
The Aid Lab: Understanding Bangladesh's Unexpected Success by Naomi Hossain ISBN 9780198785507 2017
IN: Critical Frontiers Of Theory, Research, And Policy In International Development Studies
Study group news
Links to future SG events can be seen in the side bar on the right (or beneath on narrower screens). Other news follows.
DSA NGOs in Development Study Group
Join the new email discussion list.
Join the group's webinar on 24th February to discuss a research agenda and a panel for DSA2017.
See SG webpage for details of both.
DSA Wellbeing, Psychology and Therapeutic Culture in International Development Study group
Workshop Invitation - Therapeutic culture and development
Please join us for a workshop on therapeutic culture and international development on Friday March 17th 11-5pm, at Sheffield Institute of International Development (SIID), University of Sheffield.
Further information on SG webpage
Researching Wellbeing: Development & Geography perspectives
Please join us for an event celebrating the launch of the book: Cultures of Wellbeing: Method, Place, Policy, on Friday 28th April, 2pm-5pm, at Royal Geographical Society, London.
Further information on SG webpage
DSA Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Study group
Workshop Call for Abstracts Extended to 13 February 2017
See SG webpage for details
DSA Religion and Development Study group
Methodological challenges of researching religion in marginalized development contexts
Friday 24 February 2017,
University of Bath, 11am-6pm
Further information on website
DSA Women & Development Study group
'Interrogating the Nexus of Alternative Knowledges, Evidence and Impact in GAD Research and Practice'
Upcoming workshop in Leeds
17 March 2017 (note changed date)
Further details and a call for papers are now available on the SG webpage
DSA Media and Development Study group
New convenor(s) required for the DSA Media and Development Study group
After 3 years as the co-chairs of the DSA Media and Development Study group, Dr Martin Scott (University of East Anglia) and Prof. Helen Yanacopulos (Open University) have decided to step down. Since 2013 they have organised six different book launches and ensured that media was well represented at the DSA annual conference each year with 2-3 dedicated panels. Anyone interested in taking over the role can find out more information here and is welcome to contact either Martin or Helen to discuss the role.
New book from the NGOs in Development SG
Negotiating Knowledge: evidence and experience in development NGOs, edited by Study Group members Rachel Hayman, Sophie King, Tiina Kontinen and Lata Narayanaswamy will shortly be published by Practical Action Publishing. The book has contributions from Kate Gooding, Kai Matturi, Erla Thrandardottir and Swetha Rao Dhananka. Read more.
DSA Urbanisation and Development SG briefing paper regarding the new Urban Agenda
Following on from a one-day workshop the Study group has produced a briefing paper on the draft of the new Urban Agenda. Read more.
The GDI Lecture Series returns on 8 February. All lectures will be livestreamed:
8 February: Professor Julien Harou (The University of Manchester) on designing interventions in developing water-energy-food systems
22 February: Professor Mehrdad Vahabi (University of Paris) on predatory states and economic development
8 March: Professor Sylvia Chant (London School of Economics) on gender, urbanisation and poverty: principles, practice, and the space of slums
22 March: Professor Katrina Brown (University of Exeter) on resilience, development and global change - resistance, rootedness and resourcefulness
26 April: Dr Shavana Musa (The University of Manchester) on the global arms trade and international law: prevention is better than cure
The GDI Working Paper Series published the following:
Governance and development in Africa: A concise review by Augustin Fosu
Does access to formal finance matter for welfare and inequality? Micro level evidence from Nigeria by Olabimtan Adebowale and Ralitza Dimova
Three new academics joined GDI in January: meet Tom Gillespie, Rory Stanton and Gindo Tampubolon.
Rory Horner discussed Oxfam’s recent report on inequality
Phil Woodhouse wrote about irrigation in Tanzania
David Hulme explained why Donald Trump will make China great
Aminu Mamman, Chris Rees and Farhad Hossain and GDI alumni Justice Bawole and Asan Ghalib have co-edited Development Management in developing and transitional countries: Theory and practice
Finally, we were all saddened to hear of the death of Sir Tony Atkinson, a longstanding leader on inequality research.
Dr Laurence Cooley has been named an ESRC Future Research Leader, for a project on the politics of the census and its relationship to power-sharing institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Lebanon and Northern Ireland that will run from February 2017 to January 2019.
Dr Caryn Peiffer and Dr Heather Marquette have been awarded funding from the British Academy's Sustainable Development Programme for the project Islands of Integrity, which aims to identify specific services or institutions which, despite endemic corruption all around them, had significantly reduced corruption in their own organisation.
Developmental Leadership Program publications
The Political Road to Digital Revolution: How Myanmar's Telecoms Reform Happened (research paper by Niheer Dasandi and David Hudson)
Why are Africa's poor more likely than the rich to pay a bribe for public services? (blog post by Caryn Peiffer)
Do anticorruption messages work? Emerging findings and their relevance for Papua New Guinea (policy brief by Caryn Peiffer)
The Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit (DPU) launched its first undergraduate module this month, developed out of a strand of the Global Citizenship Programme (GCP)
On Friday 18 January, UCL hosted an exhibition titled HOUSING AND LEARNING: VOICES OF YOUNG CITIZENS . The event showcased the process and findings of an action learning collaboration between Citizens UK, staff and students of the MSc Social Development Practice at UCL’s Development Planning Unit, students from Middlesex University, and staff and students from 10 London Schools. The action learning project built on concerns about the impact of London’s housing crisis on education, which were voiced during the listening campaign that informed the Citizens UK Housing Manifesto in 2015-16.
During the 1980s, the Horn of Africa region was blighted by disasters and was highly recognised for conflict, famine, drought, fighting and civil war. It was in this context that Dr. Zeremariam Fre was inspired to help establish PENHA, an organization that works on capacity building, advocacy, action-orientated research, project delivery and consultancy work in the Horn of African countries of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somali/ Somaliland, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.
PhD studentships in Development Policy and Practice
PhD studentships are available from October 2017 in the doctoral training pathway in Development Policy and Practice at The Open University.
To find out about further details and how to apply, visit the website.
The Development Policy and Practice doctoral training pathway is part of the ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership between Oxford, Open and Brunel Universities.
International Institute of Social Studies
Global Redistribution and the Challenges of Externally Financing Social Policy and Development
16-17 February 2017 at ISS
The first international symposium of the AIDSOCPRO (Aiding Social Protection: the Political Economy of Externally Financing Social Policy in Developing Countries) research project, funded by the European Research Council and based at ISS in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
The event is open and free for anyone to attend, although attendees are responsible for their own food, accommodation and transport costs.
For further details see ISS website.
Indian Social Policy Network
Workshop on Comparative and International Social Policy Theories and Methods: Advances in Research and Practice in International Development Studies and Social Policy
A Three Day PhD and Early Career Academic Workshop on Social Policy in Developing Contexts
New Delhi, 24th -26th May 2017
Further details on submitting abstracts on website
IDS, Sussex University
Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy
University of Sussex, 27 to 29 June 2017
The third International Conference of the Global Research Forum (GRF) on Sustainable Production and Consumption, hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Visit website for details.
Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)
Donor exit, retreat and transition in a changing international development landscape.
Call for papers for a session sponsored by the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)
29 August–1 September 2017, London.
Convenors: Dr Emma Mawdsley (University of Cambridge) and Dr Bhaskar Vira (University of Cambridge)
In the past few years, most ‘established’ foreign aid donors have reduced the number of countries with which they formally partner, in some cases very significantly. For example, in 2015, the UK’s Department for International Development, provided some sort of bilateral assistance to just 32 countries, down from 140 in 2008/9. Donor exit, retreat and transition is being justified in a variety of different ways, including more effective and strategic use of aid; ‘graduation’ by partners to middle income status; and domestic pressures on aid budgets and policy approaches. A small policy-oriented literature exists advising on how to manage the processes of exit and transition, but often concludes that donors continue to do so poorly with a variety of problematic consequences.
In this session we invite more critical engagement with the current trend of donor exit, retreat and/or transition, something that is enrolled in wider shifts in the geographies of international development. Contributions might include (but are not restricted to):
Historical forerunners of rapid and/or large-scale exit
How this trend inflects with other changes in defining ‘development finance’, donor geoeconomic interests, and strategic partnerships with e.g. India and China
Critical reflections on case studies of specific exits/transitions
Strategic, practical and ethical implications of the LIC/MIC boundary
Theorising exit and power in the context of development theories that are focussed on donor presence rather than absence
Implications for civil society and civil society organisations of donor retreat
Please send titles and abstracts to Emma: eem10(at)cam.ac.uk of 100-250 words by 7 February.
We will get back to you within a week.
The Second International Symposium on Development and Governance in the BRICS
Call for papers: International Development Aid in the BRICS
Date: 23-24 September 2017
Host and Venue: Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Deadline for submission of abstract: 15 April 2017
See all the details on the website.
INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre)
This course gives participants a thorough understanding of how to influence the policy making process in their own context to achieve policy change. You will learn skills to help you plan and deliver effective advocacy strategies; enhance your ability to influence decision makers; and gain confidence in the ways in which you relate to different audiences.
Development planners and NGOs are increasingly committed to incorporating a gender perspective into their programmes. However, many face challenges in its practical and systematic application to their work. This course will enable you to effectively and systematically analyse contexts and plan development and humanitarian programmes from a gender equality perspective.
Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development
Palestine Refugees and International Law
10-11 March 2017
British Institute, 102 Uhod Street, Tla' Al-Ali, Amman, Jordan
This two-day short course places the Palestinian refugee case study within the broader context of the
international human rights regime. It examines, within a human rights framework, the policies and practices of
Middle Eastern states as they impinge upon Palestinian refugees.
Details on website
Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development
International Summer School in Forced Migration
2-14 July 2017
Wadham College and Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford
The Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced
migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the
forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced. Now in its 28th year, the two-week intensive
course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory
method of critical learning and reflection.
Details on website.
University of East London
Global development practice and discourses have changed dramatically in the past two decades. The media, in the multiple and diverse forms they have assumed in the 21st century, are seeking to communicate and interpret this multi-dimensional development in new and innovative ways. This programme will equip you intellectually to make critical contributions to contemporary media and global development debates. You will also acquire advanced media production skills that would enable you to produce and distribute global development news and information in a variety of formats.
Core modules are:
- Critical Approaches to Media, Communication and Development (core)
- Development Management in the International Context (core)
- Research Methods in the Social Sciences (core)
- Dissertation (core)
Meetings & Seminars
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit DPU, UCL, London
The SDGs: a tool for peacebuilding in Colombia
07th Feb – 18:00
Bedford Way (20) 421 – Nunn Hall
Por una autonomía del habitar / Towards an autonomy of housing
21 Feb 17:30
Roberts Building 106, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE
Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development
Perspectives on the Syrian conflict
RSC Public Seminar Series, Hilary Term 2017
Seminars are held on Wednesdays at 5 pm in Seminar Room 3, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend.
This seminar series aims to shed light on different aspects of the Syrian conflict in order to provide a better understanding of it. It also discusses the consequences of the situation in Syria for the international community, for humanitarian organisations, but also for the legal infrastructures put in place since the Second World War with regard to international humanitarian laws, human rights, and refugee protection.
Convenor: Dr Leïla Vignal
International Migration Institute, Oxford Department of International Development
Migration to, through and from Africa: An African conversation
IMI Seminar Series, Hilary Term 2017
Seminars are held on Wednesdays at 1 pm in Seminar Room 3, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend.
Peter Kankonde Bukasa, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Notre Dame
8 Feb: ‘The politics of Congolese Combattants’ violent transnational mobilisation’
Dominic Pasura, University of Glasgow
15 Feb: ‘Transnational religious practices and negotiation of difference among Zimbabwean Catholics in Britain’
Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, University College London
22 Feb: ‘Migration, family and the changing significance of absence in Senegal’
Peter Kankonde (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen) will deliver a special seminar co-hosted by the African Studies Centre and IMI at 5pm on Thursday 9 February in the Pavilion Room at St Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6JF.
Subject: ‘Youth waithood, forced migration, and the transnational navigation of Fortress Europe’
International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA)
‘Reform of Nigeria’s Power Sector’
Speaker: John Gower
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 18h00 for 18h30
The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT
DPP, Open University Seminar Series
The annual International Development Seminar Series at The Open University is hosted by Development Policy and Practice and supported by the IKD research centre. The seminars are free and open to all and a buffet lunch is available from 12.00, followed by the presentation and discussion 12.30 - 14.00. (Although some timings may differ).
Indigenous Rights to the City: EthniCity, DiverCity and Urban Development in La Paz, Bolivia and Quito, Ecuador: Dr Philipp Horn (OU)
You can find out more and view the abstracts for upcoming talks on the IKD website.
SOAS - Department of Development Studies & Bloomsbury DTC for the Social Sciences
Seminar Series, Term 2, 2016-17
Various rooms, All welcome, no need to book
* 7 February*
Kavita Krishnan (Secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association, India)
Power and Patriarchy in India: How State-led ‘Women’s Empowerment’ Undermines Women’s Movements
Room: Alumni Lecture Theatre (ALT), Room 110, Senate House North Block
* 21 February *
Professor Diane Elson (Essex, UK)
Economic Inequality and Gender Inequality
Room: Alumni Lecture Theatre (ALT), Room 110, Senate House North Block
* 28 February *
Tariq Ali (writer and filmmaker)
Professor August H. Nimtz (University of Minnesota, US)
Professor Tamás Krausz (Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary)
The Russian Revolution and Global Development: Lessons from the First Hundred Years
Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)Transformations to Sustainability research call launched
The ESRC are pleased to announce the launch of a new call which seeks to fund social science-led interdisciplinary research on transformations to sustainability, and to cultivate durable research collaboration across multiple partners and disciplinary boundaries, as well as with practitioners and societal partners. The Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) programme has been established by the Belmont Forum, NORFACE and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and involves 18 national funding agencies from around the world.
The ESRC are representing the UK partners in this partnership through funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). UK applicant teams able to apply for up to €500,000.
Deadline for Outline Proposals on 5 April at 12.00 GMT.
Birkbeck, University of London
6 fully-funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships for October 2017 entry to The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck in the following thematic and disciplinary areas: History; Philosophy; Politics; Sociology; 'Communicating Cultures'; Gender Studies; 'Super Diversity'; 'Zones of Conflict and Contestation'.
The School also participates in the ESRC UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership and fully-funded studentships are available through the DTP.
We have a number of other fully-funded research scholarships. Further details of all our current funding opportunities can be found on the School’s website here.
No current job advertisements
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, DPU, UCL London
The Holy City of Makkah: Growth, Informal Areas and Urban Identity by Theresa M J Abrassart
DPU Breakfast 2017 - Material politics and why they matter in urban planning - Vanesa Castán Broto
Oxfam has recently released a new series of case studies on conducting and commissioning research called ‘Research in Practice’. Written to compliment our popular Research Guidelines, these draw on Oxfam’s experience of using research as an integral part of evidence-informed advocacy and development programming.
Two case studies are currently available:
Researching the killer fact that highlighted global economic inequality - A look into how Oxfam researchers developed an especially powerful killer fact - "The 85 richest people own the same wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people".
Mixing research methods in an impact evaluation in Pakistan- Discusses one of Oxfam's first attempts to integrate qualitative research into an effectiveness review.
Find out more about these new guides from Martin Walsh, Global Research Advisor at Oxfam.
Centre for Global Education
Policy and Practice Issue 25 Call for Contributors
The Centre for Global Education invites contributions to Issue 25 of our bi-annual, open access, peer reviewed journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review. Issue 25 is on the theme ‘Development Education and Human rights’ and will explore the synergies between these closely related ‘adjectival educations’ as we approach the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This issue will examine how these sectors’ shared commitment to active citizenship can help address today’s primary threats to basic human rights.
Authors interested in submitting an article should send a 300 word précis by Friday, 7 April 2017 to journal editor, Stephen McCloskey, email: stephen(at)centreforglobaleducation.com.
The submission date for commissioned articles is Monday, 3 July 2017.
For more information on the call please click here.
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
This Economics in Development collection aims to highlight recent and diverse research from across the Routledge Development Studies portfolio, with particular emphasis on the following topical areas:
· Agricultural Economics · Growth & Innovation
· Inequality & Poverty · Policy · Trade
Hurry - enjoy free access to included research until the end of February! Explore the free access collection online now!
And don’t miss forthcoming books in Routledge Development Studies…
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Routledge and DSA affiliate program
Routledge Publishers offers DSA members a discount on featured Development Studies books here. Obtain your member discount by entering code AF039 at checkout!
NGOs and student internships: who benefits?
Discussions between academics and practitioners have highlighted that there are many opportunities for collaboration between NGOs and students, either directly or through the student’s institution, and a variety of outcomes for both parties from these collaborations.
As part of DSA's commitment to supporting and facilitating collaborations between under and postgraduate students and the development community in the form of short projects or longer internships in the UK and internationally, we would like to hear NGO experiences of hosting students, the forms this has taken, and what makes internships successful. Enter this conversation here.