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.
Development and Change (IISS) Annual Lecture and Interview
We are pleased to present the inaugural Development and Change annual lecture that took place at the Development Studies Association Annual Conference.
After development: surplus population and the politics of entitlement
Professor Tania Li, University of Toronto, Canada
Watch Professor Tania Li in conversation with Murat Arsel, co-chair, Development and Change
Call for Nominations for the 2017 DSA/ICEA Prize
For the 2017 prize, all Development Studies and Economics departments in the UK are invited to submit one dissertation each for consideration. This year nominations will be accepted between 1 November and 28 February. The award will be given during the Opening Plenary of the 2017 Development Studies Association conference, to be held at the University of Bradford.
For more information about criteria and who to send nominations to, click here.
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 judges noted:
The prize winning paper tackles perhaps the central question of development aid: the extent to which aid contributes to economic growth. It starts with an extremely capable literature review, covering aid-growth theories from the 1940s onwards presented in a neat structure of 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation theories. This is paralleled by a review of empirical studies over the same period. The major criticisms of aid are also reviewed.
After reviewing the broader economic background in Malawi, the paper presents a set of statistical analyses testing different aid-growth models reflecting different theories on the mechanisms which link aid and economic growth. The study concludes that increased aid to Malawi shows diminishing, even negative returns, but recognises that this at least partly reflects the fact that Malawi is one of the most aid dependent countries in the world.
The judges also highly commended Takeshi Miwa (University of Sheffield) for his work, “Drug prescription practices in the private health sector: a case study of Lugala Lutheran Hospital in rural Tanzania”. The judges said:
[The dissertation] reviews literature discussing how an average of 2.4 drugs are prescribed, where the WHO recommended range is below 2. Various causes are suggested, most prominent the grade and experience of the prescriber. The paper tests these hypotheses against data from the records of a private hospital in southern Tanzania. The results suggested that prescribing at the hospital was ‘somewhat suboptimal’ and that staff experience was a factor.
The prize is offered each year by the Development Studies Association and International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA). To learn more, click here.
European Association of Development Research & Training Institutes (EADI) news
Call for Papers – SDGs: What should be the role of ‘developed nations’?
11 March 2017,
University of East London, Docklands Campus
Undergraduates from the University of East London, in partnership with the European Association of Development Research & Training Institutes (EADI), are pleased to invite you to submit* your paper to the University’s sixth student led undergraduate conference for development.
Have you just fnished your undergraduate dissertation or project? Are you proud of a piece of your degree work? Are you thinking of postgraduate study or just starting on a Masters programme? Then submit an abstract to International Development Student Conference at UEL!
*There is no fee for submission of papers or attendance at the conference.
Visit the website for all the details.
Deadline submission abstracts: 8 January 2017.
DSA AGM minutes posted
The association's AGM took place at DSA2016 and the minutes can be found, along with theagenda, previous minutes, and related files, etc., on the AGM page.
DSA-OUP book series first title now available
DSA2017 in Bradford
Next year's conference will take place in the north of England from 6-8 September 2017. Information will be posted here shortly.
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 Wellbeing, Psychology and Therapeutic Culture in International Development Study group refocussed
Following an engaging panel at the recent annual conference this study group has broadened and re-structured. Read more.
DSA Scotland conference
DSA Scotland's 2016 conference was held in June at the University of Edinburgh. A brief report of the event can be found on the study group 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.
GDI - University of Manchester
GDI Advent calendar
The GDI advent calendar is live! Click through for a daily highlight of the great work carried out by GDI academics in 2016.
Final GDI Lecture of semesterThe final GDI Lecture of the semester takes place on 7th December and will be livestreamed on GDI’s Facebook: Prof Joseph Hanlon, Dr Manoj Roy and Prof David Hulme will present on their new book Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change.
Past lectures link
Click here to listen to past lectures by Prof Alan Winters, Prof Libby Lunstrum and Dr Saleemul Huq
Interviews about Trump administration
Call for papers has been issued for a Workshop on Rising Powers and Labour Standards in Global Production Networks. Abstracts are due 20th January for the workshop held in Manchester 19-20 June 2017.
Oxford Department of International Development
New ERC Starting Grant
ODID’s Dr Cathryn Costello has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant of just under 1.5 million euros for a project titled Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights (REF-MIG). The project will start in March 2017.
New book on universal social policy
A new book, The Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South: Actors, Ideas and Architectures, by Diego Sanchez-Ancochea and Juliana Martinez Franzoni and published by Cambridge University Press, explores how countries in the global South can deliver universalism.
New book explores refugee economies
A new book, Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development by Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, Josiah Kaplan, and Naohiko Omata and published by Oxford University of Press, is one of the first books to systematically explore the economic lives of refugees.
New book on mobilising diasporas
A new book, Mobilising the Diaspora: How Refugees Challenge Authoritarianism by Alexander Betts and Will Jones and published by Cambridge University Press, explores how diasporas mobilise across borders to challenge authoritarian regimes.
Guardian’s Patrick Kingsley delivers lecture on ‘reporting refugees’
The Guardian’s Patrick Kingsley delivered the 2016 Harrell-Bond Lecture, titled 'Reporting refugees: what a journalist learnt on the migration trails to Europe', drawing on his experience over the last two years visiting over 20 countries as the paper’s first migration correspondent. Listen to the podcast.
Nikita Sud comments on UK-India relations after Brexit
Associate Professor Nikita Sud has been widely cited in the media suggesting the UK would be unwise to imagine its former colonial relationship with India will smooth the path towards any future trading partnerships post-Brexit.
Two new fellows join ODID
ODID welcomed two new fellows: Dr Emre Eren Korkmaz is a Newton International Fellow whose project at the International Migration Institute (IMI) at ODID will aim to understand the dynamics of representation and participation of Turkish immigrant workers at trade unions and works councils in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. Dr Nina Isabella Moeller is an Independent Social Research Foundation fellow whose project investigates the social and ecological changes brought about by the development of a novel university in the Amazon rainforest
Teaming research and theatre to create dialogues on migrationCONTAINED Project began in 2016 as a collaboration between IMI’s Marie Curie Research Fellow Marieke van Houte and physical theatre company Justice in Motion. Throughout the course of 2016, they developed a trilogy of immersive, physical and participatory performances aimed at exploring ways to open a dialogue with audiences on what it is to be a migrant. An impact case study explores their work so far.
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, DPU, UCL, London
A new book featuring DPU contribution titled Upgrading Informal Settlements in South Africa: a partnership-based approach has been published.
The book was co-edited by DPU alumna Mirjam van Donk (with Cirolia, L, Görgens, T, van Donk, M, Smit, W, Drimie, S), and features a chapter contribution from DPU academics. Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Barbara Lipietz and Stephanie Butcher
The UCL Urban Laboratory will be launching its new anthology Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies, edited by Ben Campkin and Ger Duijzings, at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon on Friday 9 December 2016. The book is an important contribution to the research and the pedagogies of engagement that the DPU are keen to develop and experiment with, and features two pieces with DPU contribution:
- 'Towards an architecture of engagement: researching contested urbanism and informalities' by Camillo Boano, Caroline Newton and Giorgio Talocci
- 'Critical urban learning through participatory photography' by Alexandre Apsan Frediani and Laura Hirst
DPU and the Humanitarian Affairs Team of Save the Children UK are delighted to announce their new programme "Human, Economic and Social Flows beyond Crisis: Understanding the Urbanitarian". In the effort to inform humanitarian action and policy makers in urban contexts of protracted displacement, the programme will explore the intersection of urban, humanitarian and forced migration studies.
The cLIMA sin Riesgo project exhibitions have been an important channel to visualize and generate interest for having a deeper look at the urban every day and episodic risks.
The exhibit will be installed at the DreamSpace Gallery, 3 Dufferin Street, London, EC1Y 8NA, United Kingdom where it can be visited between the 10th – 30th of November between 9:00am to 5:30pm on weekdays.
Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT)
Online course in Results-Based Management (RBM) Thinking Tools and the Logical Framework Approach
This online course has been created by the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) to provide basic training on a range of ‘thinking tools’ that facilitate RBM. The course offers simple practical approaches and advice for designing, managing and assessing results-oriented projects, programmes and organizational performance.
The ten interactive modules cover the seven steps of designing and planning for new projects or programmes, covering key tools such as Stakeholder Analysis, Problem and Objectives Trees, Risk Analysis, LogFrames, Workplans and Budgets.
Cost: Individual access to the course costs £290 with discounts offered for groups.
Full details on our website.
DPP at the Open University
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.
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bradford
Postgraduate Research Conference - Call for Papers
Theme: “Navigating Crisis in our Contemporary World: Towards a Fairer Future?”
7 April 2017.
Keynote speaker: Radha D’Souza, Reader in Law, University of Westminster, and social justice activist.
Visit the website for more detail and how to submit your abstract – Deadline: 10 January 2017.
IDS, Sussex University
Sixth Annual Summer School, 15-26 May 2017
ESRC STEPS Centre at IDS, Sussex University, near Brighton, UK
Application deadline: 29 January 2017 at 1700 GMT
To apply visit the website
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.
Courses & Seminars
International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA)
‘ Competition in Healthcare’
Speaker: Prof. Carol Propper
Wednesday 11 January 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).
You can find out more and view the abstracts for upcoming talks on the IKD website.
INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre)
This course builds on participants’ understanding and skills of how to develop sustainable and cost effective monitoring and evaluation processes and practices within their own projects, programmes and organisations.
Do you need to build effective monitoring and evaluation into project and programme work for both accountability and learning? This course will strengthen your skills in supporting the monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes from programme design through to evaluation.
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.
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.
University of New South Wales, Australia
Applications are invited for the inaugural Visiting Scholar from the Global South Fellowship to be hosted by the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Applications close: 31 January 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype interview with the successful candidate notified February 28.
Visit the website for applications details and more information
For detailed information about the School of Social Sciences go here
Enquiries about the fellowship can be directed to Dr Tanya Jakimow, Senior Lecturer Development Studies, SOSS, Email: t.jakimow(at)unsw.edu.au.
Global Development Institute (GDI)
Research Associate: Transformation Urban Development Research Network
Research Associate: Responsible Business and Global Production Research Network
Research Associate: New National planning for Sustainable Development in the Global South
Research Associate: Development Informatics
Your research has the ability to impact the world and those around you. But behind change there is drive. Tell us your story about what inspires you and contribute to a cause worth fighting for.
Build Africa will see that for every story submitted, a Ugandan child receives a textbook.
Share your story here or via #iwasinspired
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, DPU, UCL London
Grounded Planning: People-centred urban development practices in the Philippines
Urban Water Trajectories
co-edited by Adriana Allen and Pascale Hofmann in collaboration with Sarah Bell and T. H Teh.
Collective practices vs. the Neoliberal City? By Harshavardhan R Jatkar
Playing with goldfish: Engaging people through games in the age of the falling attention span
By Nausica Castanas
In the Media
Habitat III: leaving no one behind by Alexander Macfarlane published by openDemocracy
Oxford Department of International Development
Emancipation as social equality: Subaltern politics in contemporary India, Indrajit Roy, Focaal, 76: 15-30
Getting digital diplomacy right: what quantum theory can teach us about measuring impact, Corneliu Bjola, Global Affairs, published online 29 October
Here Be Dragons: Mapping an Ethnography of Global Danger, Ruben Andersson, Current Anthropology, published online 14 November
Inequality, preschool education and cognitive development in Ethiopia: Implication for public investment in pre-primary education, Tassew Woldehanna , International Journal of Behavioral Development, published online 17 June
The nutrition transition and adolescents’ diets in low- and middle-income countries: a cross-cohort comparison, Elisabetta Aurino, Mary Penny, and Meena Fernandes, Public Health Nutrition published online 29 July
Do boys eat better than girls in India? Longitudinal evidence on dietary diversity and food consumption disparities among children and adolescents, Elisabetta Aurino, Economics & Human Biology, published online 27 October
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
News from Routledge: The state of development studies – read the new Virtual Special Issue from the Canadian Journal of Development Studies
That there is a pressing need for development studies remains self-evident. Officially, there are 795 million people in developing countries classified as food insecure, and with 896 million people in developing countries living below the poverty line, it is clear that the “development project” still has some way to go before the twin blights of hunger and poverty are eradicated from the world.
With this in mind, the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies have put together a new Virtual Special Issue surrounding this topic.
Enjoy free access to the Virtual Special Issue for a limited time.
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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!
INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre)
What can international NGOs do to increase the sustainability of interventions?
By Sarah Lewis and Rowan Popplewell.
Development actors love words such as ‘legacy’, ‘impact’ or ‘change’. We like to think (and say) our work prevails long after we are gone. But how many organisations go back after an exit is complete to check? Our explorations of post-closure evaluation tells us not so many.
Recognising the demand in the sector for guidance on exit processes and support for sustainability after withdrawal, our first Special Series compiles blog posts on exit strategies and sustainability of civil society organisations and their work, published by INTRAC from 2014-16.
Working paper 2. Exploring the context for creating a local governance performance index in Tanzania
To help in selecting relevant and context-specific indicators for an index of local governance performance, this paper sets out the context of good governance, local governance, accountability and local service delivery in Tanzania.
The EADI Global Development Series welcomes submissions of manuscripts. The series is published by Palgrave and seeks to broaden our understanding of the processes that advance or impede human development, whether from a political, economic, sociological or anthropological perspective. The series seeks to improve and broaden the knowledge on international relations, area studies and global/ regional/ local development issues. Moreover, the series addresses emerging and topical issues and current policy debates around global development.
Series editors are Maja Bucar, Vice-Dean and Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana and Andy Mold, Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Authors can complete a Proposal Form, found online here. Authors can then email this form, together with any supporting material such as their CV and/or a sample chapter, to the appropriate editorial contact. Christina Brian, Editorial Director Politics & International Studies, Publisher IPE and Development Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK will contact author and series editors to discuss next steps. If the project is of interest for the EADI series, this includes both a series editor as well as external review of the materials.
Please send the form to c.brian(at)palgrave.com
University of Bonn
Making Development Political | NGOs as Agents for Alternatives to Development
Dr. Julia Schöneberg
ISBN 978-3-8487-2889-3 | eISBN 978-3-8452-7288-7 | € 44.00
(Entwicklungstheorie und Entwicklungspolitik, vol. 17)
“Development has failed”. Departing from this Post-Development claim, the book reveals how existent and perceived rules and restrictions of the global development system work in maintaining inequalities between international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and Haitian organisations. To counter these structures, the author proposes a form of developmentas-politics”, in which local and international actors engage in selective, political interaction. Findings provide the starting point for practical alternatives that account for the voices of the subaltern and enable international NGOs to assume a role that supports rather than weakens local capacities. Julia Schöneberg’s analysis is based on her field research in Haiti between 2012 and 2014. Her research interests include alternative approaches to development and Post-Development, social movements, racism and post-colonialism.
18 November marked 25 years since INTRAC was founded, and that is a milestone worth celebrating! Since 1991 we have been building the skills and knowledge of civil society all around the world to tackle poverty and inequality and to bring about real change in their societies.
If you have a memory of INTRAC that you would like to share to help us celebrate our 25thanniversary, please get in touch (info(at)intrac.org). We’d love to hear from you.
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.