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.
DSA2016 conference, 12-14 September, registration remains open
This year's conference will bring 600 academics and practitioners together at the University of Oxford for three days, 118 sessions, 65 panels and 440 papers on a vast variety of topics. The keynotes are Professors Tania Li (University of Toronto) and James A. Robinson
(University of Chicago). You can still register to attend.
Several members of the Council are stepping down and we need energetic and committed members of the association to take their place and help both the DSA and the development studies community. If you are interested or think you can encourage someone else to stand, please download these nomination forms (Word doc) and return to the DSA Honorary Secretary, Fiona Nunan (f.s.nunan(at)bham.ac.uk) by post or email by 4pm Wednesday 7th September 2016.
Study group newsLinks to future SG events can be seen in the side bar on the right (or beneath on narrower screens). Other news follows.
DSA Information, Technology and Development SG Meeting
"Big and Open Data for International Development",
12 July, University of Manchester
This workshop shared socio-technical, socio-organisational and critical research on “data revolution” trends: most notably big data and open data. Read more.
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.
DSA Religions and Development SG launched!
See the newly created Study Group homepage here.
LIDC's Evaluation for Development Programmes, 7-11 November
This short course returns for a third year. Aimed at anyone looking to gain an in-depth knowledge and comprehensive background of evaluation methods for development programmes, this course will cover a range of topics. Read more
Job: INTRAC Training Officer
Full time, permanent, Salary: £19,500-£22,000 per annum, depending on experience. Application deadline: 29/08/16. Read more.
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.