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 principal focus for the association, the DSA is active throughout the year through its many Study Groups. All those involved in development whether as teachers, researchers, consultants or practitioners, are welcome to join both the Study Groups and the DSA itself.
DSA2017: the call for papers is now open. The CFP closes 26th April
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 and 54 accepted panels are now online.View the conference part of this site.
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/
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 Multidimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics Study group
The joint DSA-EADI Multidimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics study group is looking for a new convening team to start in September 2017. Please see the SG webpage for the details if this is of interest to you.
DSA Women and Development Study Group and Centre for Global Development (CGD)
'Interrogating the Nexus of Alternative Knowledges, Evidence and Impact in GAD Research and Practice'
Jasmine Gideon, Katy Jenkins and Lata Narayanaswamy
Worsley SR (8.20N), University of Leeds, 17 March 2017
Read the full report on the SG webpage
DSA Wellbeing, Psychology and Therapeutic Culture in International Development Study group
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
Analysing natural resource governance: learning from contrasting approaches
Workshop 12 May 2017 University of Birmingham
See SG webpage for details
New book from members of the Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change study group - see SG webpage
DSA Scotland Study Group
Panel: Neo-Liberal Approaches in Developing Countries: Perspectives and Critical Evaluations (Organised by the DSA Scotland Study Group)
Now that this panel proposal has been accepted by the conference organisers we are requesting offers of papers.
See SG webpage for all the details
DSA Religion and Development Study group
Methodological challenges of researching religion in marginalized development contexts
Meeting report now on SG website
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.
Premium Member news
Call for papers: World on the Move – Migration, Societies and Change (deadline 30 April)
26 April: The Global Arms Trade and International Law: Prevention is Better than Cure: Dr
Shavana Musa (The University of Manchester).
DPU alumni Hector Becerril (PhD) and Ana Maria de la Parra (MSc) have been awarded one of the six grants of the Climate Resilience Cities in Latin America Initiative to implement a project on climate risks, gender and governance of public polices in Mexico, and in which Barbara Lipietz (DPU -UCL) participates.
Each year, UCL awards the Chadwick Trust Travelling Fellowship to encourage post-graduate students in the study of public health. The Fellowship is awarded in honour of Sir Edwin Chadwick, one of the most influential sanitary reformers in mid-nineteenth century Britain. This year, the Chadwick Trust was awarded to Donald Brown, PhD Candidate at the DPU.
The DPU’s Emmanuel Osuteye, Rita Lambert and PhD Candidate Donald Brown, as part of the wider Urban ARK programme, conducted a 3-day capacity building workshop in February 2017 to enhance the capacity of Neighbourhood Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Committees in Karonga, Malawi to monitor and document the processes that drive risk accumulation over time and to appraise the practices deployed and resources mobilized to mitigate, reduce and prevent risk.
In February 2017, Andrea Rigon and Julian Walker worked with Braima Koroma and Sudie Sellu from the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC), to run a research capacity building workshop on ‘Gender Sensitive Informal Livelihoods Systems Analysis’, as part of the DPU’s ongoing collaboration with SLURC. The workshop was attended by thirty two participants, including residents of the four informal settlement communities that SLURC is undertaking research in, members of the Federation of Urban and Rural Poor – Sierra Leone (FEDURP-SL), staff from Freetown city government, government ministries and representative from NGOs working in informal settlements in Freetown.
How do we understand our city? With this question SLURC co-director Joseph Macarthy has inaugurated/kicked off yesterday the launch of the resource unit in Freetown. Part of year 1 priority activities of the Comic relief-funded project co-led by DPU and Njala University, the resource unit constitutes a physical and digital platform for collecting and generating knowledge around urban issues.
A new book by Refugee Studies Centre Director Alexander Betts and Paul Collier, published this month by Penguin, explores ways to transform our broken refugee system.
The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at ODID signed a Joint Declaration with the Organization of American States to promote OPHI’s Multidimensional Poverty Index nationally and regionally in the Americas.
The Refugee Studies Centre held a two-day conference reflecting on the role of Refugee Studies. Find out more. Videos of the main sessions and podcasts will be available in due course.
New ESRC Global Challenges Fellow Elizabeth Rahman wrote about her research on mindfulness among the Warekena of northern Brazil and sustainable pedagogies.
Cheryl Doss drew on her research to challenge some of the gender myths in rural development.
The latest issue of Forced Migration Review focusses on resettlement.
Newton International Fellow Emre Eren Korkmaz reported from the OECD’s Roundtable on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector on steps towards protecting refugee & migrant workers.
Four members of the SOAS Department of Development Studies with interests in development and governance in Africa helped to deliver the Mo Ibrahim Foundation-funded Governance for Development in Africa Initiative annual residential school, in Cape Town in late March. The GDAI residential school, run by the Centre for African Studies, selects participants from across the African continent for a week of lectures, discussions, seminars and debates on issues related to governance and development in partnership with a local institution. The GDAI initiative aims to contribute to and stimulate debate on governance, development, and the relationship between them. This was the 10th residential school, which is based in a different African country every year.
Subscribe to SOAS Department of Development Studies News here
Catch up on the latest news from IDD, including welcoming Nic Cheeseman and
David Hudson to the department, new research grants and publications, in our Spring/Summer newsletter.
Institutional Member news
London International Development Centre (LIDC)
Keep abreast of news, developments and publications at LIDC by subscribing to the LIDC newsletter here.
The LIDC biennial conference is coming up, see all the details here.
The LIDC have appointed a new Director
Centre for Development Studies (CDS), University of Bath
Keep up to date with all the news, publications and blogs from CDS via their website here.
INTRAC is delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Mealins as Chief Executive. Helen joins us as we operationalise our strategy, which focuses on collaborative working with regional and international organisations and individuals who in turn support civil society in all its forms.
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.
Session sponsored by the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)
29 August–1 September 2017, London.
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.
Global Development Institute (GDI)
Five Commonwealth distance learning scholarships are available for study at GDI, see website.
CIDT, University of Wolverhampton
Master of Business Administration (International Development) at CIDT
Launched for September 2017 by The Centre for International Development and Training at the University of Wolverhampton, this postgraduate degree is the first of its kind to be offered in UK.
The MBA will engage students with core and topical issues in the fast-changing landscape of international aid and equip them with key skills to design and manage successful projects and businesses within a developing country context. The course is ideal for anyone seeking a career in inter/national development management; managing business in the developing world, or managing private sector-society relationships. Teaching to this course is highly interactive and led by subject experts from across the University with strong consultancy and real world experience.
To view the course or apply please visit the website.
INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre)
Advanced monitoring and evaluation, 22 – 26 May, Oxford
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.
Facilitation anywhere, Online session: week 30 May 2017, face-to-face: 6 – 8 June 2017, Oxford
Think about the last good meeting, workshop or event you attended: what made it good, left you inspired, full of ideas, eager to follow up on connections? This training course will provide you with an opportunity to think about and practice designing and facilitating gatherings of people in ways that bring all of their talents into the room.
Theory of change for planning and impact assessment, 2-6 October 2017
This course introduces the elements of Theory of Change and offers the opportunity for participants to apply and experiment with the key ideas and processes using their own case studies, as well as illustrative examples presented by the course facilitator.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
Global Health Scholarship 2017
The BSMS is delighted to announce the launch of the third BSMS Global Health Scholarship. This scholarship is for students admitted to full-time Master's degree in Global Health at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research.
The BSMS Global health scholarship is available for admission in 2017 only and will be awarded on the basis of academic and professional merit and financial need.
The scholarship provides one £5,000 award or two £2,500 awards towards tuition fees. UK, EU and International (Non UK/EU) students are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 10am on 16 June 2017 (UK time).
For more information please visit our website.
Available to: UK, Europe, International (Non-UK/EU) Studies: MSc Global Health
Award amount: £2500 (UK, EU students); £5000 (Non-UK/EU students)
Application deadline: 10am on 16 June 2017
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
International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA)
‘A Very Different Land: Memories of Empire from the Farmlands of Kenya’
Speaker: Hilary Sunman (ICEA Member)
Tuesday 11 April 2017, 18h00 for 18h30
The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT
University of Bath
Development & Geography perspectives
Friday 28th April, 2pm-5pm
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London
Register for this event here
SOAS - Department of Development Studies & Bloomsbury DTC for the Social Sciences
Agrarian Change Seminars
(Organised by the Journal of Agrarian Change and Department of Development Studies, SOAS)
The Agrarian Political Economy of Left-wing Governments in Latin America: Agribusiness, Peasants and the Limits of Neo-Developmentalism
Leandro Vergara-Camus (SOAS)
Date: Wednesday, 03 May 2017
Venue: G51, Main Building
Time: 5.15 - 7.00 PM
This seminar draws on the conclusion, co-authored with Cristóbal Kay, to the special issue of the Journal of Agrarian Change entitled Peasants, Agribusiness, Left-wing Governments and Neo-Developmentalism in Latin America: Exploring the Contradictions (JAC Vol. 17, No. 2, April 2017, forthcoming).
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).
Nollywood and Nigeria’s Internal Conflicts: Media in an Advisory Capacity
Dr Françoise Ugochukwu and Alex Bud (OU)
The Personal is Professional: NGO Work in Migration and Development
Dr Sara de Jong (OU)
You can find out more and view the abstracts for upcoming talks on the IKD website.
Oxford Department of International Development (ODID)
Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2017
Professor Thomas Spijkerboer of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on
NOSTALGIA AND LEGITIMACY: UNDERSTANDING THE EXTERNALIZATION OF EUROPEAN MIGRATION POLICY
10 May 2017, 5pm, The Garden Room, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB
Details and to register here.
Olof Palme Lecture 2017
Professor James Ferguson of Stanford University on
PRESENCE AND SOCIAL OBLIGATION: AN ESSAY ON THE SHARE
8 June 2017, 5pm, Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF
American University of Cairo
Assistant or Associate Professor
The Department of Political Science invites applications for a fixed term contract (five years renewable) position in Development/Research Methods at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor level beginning in Fall 2017. The course load is normally three courses per semester, including teaching in the MA program. Applicants should have a research and teaching experience in development work (proposal writing, project monitoring and evaluation is desirable), and NGOs. Strong preference will be given to teaching a research methodology course (quantitative and qualitative). Additional expertise is desirable in the political economy of Arab Middle East Countries and Africa. The search committee is eager to review applications of individuals with demonstrated excellence in teaching, and an interest in living and working in the Middle East.
For the full advert, all the application details and contacts, please see here.
To apply for this post, applicants are requested to provide a completed INTRAC job application form, equal opportunities monitoring form, and a cover letter, in which you demonstrate your qualifications and why you believe that you are the best candidate for this role, and send to info(at)intrac.org
Information relating to the post, including links to download the application documents, can be found on our website.
Deadline: Midnight (23:59), 7 May 2017.
An exciting opportunity for a dynamic and experienced monitoring and evaluation professional to help shape and develop INTRAC's portfolio of M&E consultancy, training and programme work for the future.
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, DPU, UCL London
By Donald Brown
By Cécile Faraud
By James Southwood
By Monique K Rose
By Camillo Boano and Giovanna Astolfo
Oxford Department of International Development (ODID)
Sabina Alkire, José Manuel Roche, Ana Vaza: Changes Over Time in Multidimensional Poverty: Methodology and Results for 34 Countries in World Development
Nikita Sud: State, scale and networks in the liberalisation of India’s land in Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Andreas Georgiadis, Liza Benny, Le Thuc Duc, Sheikh Galab, Prudhvikar Reddy, Tassew Woldehanna: ‘Growth recovery and faltering though early adolescence: Determinants and implications for cognitive development’ in Social Science & Medicine 179
Le Thuc Duc and Jere R Behrman: ‘Heterogeneity in predictive power of early childhood nutritional indicators for mid-childhood outcomes: evidence from Vietnam’ in Journal of Economics and Human Biology 26: 86–95
Elspeth Guild, Cathryn Costello, and Violeta Moreno-Lax: Implementation of the 2015 Council Decisions establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and of Greece.
Emre Eren Korkmaz: ‘How do Syrian refugee workers challenge supply chain management in the Turkish garment industry?’ IMI Working Paper 133
Yasser Moullan and Xavier Chojnicki: ‘Is there a ‘pig cycle’ in the labour supply of doctors?’ IMI Working Paper 132
Suman Seth and Antonio Villar: ‘Human development, inequality, and poverty: Empirical findings’. OPHI Working Paper 111
Suman Seth and Antonio Villar: ‘Measuring human development and human deprivations’. OPHI Working Paper 110
Tassew Woldehanna and Mesele Araya: ‘Early investment in preschool and completion of secondary education in Ethiopia: Lessons from Young Lives’. Young Lives Working Paper 168
Rachel Landry: ‘Decriminalising “Humanitarian Smuggling”’. RSC Research in Brief 6.
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
By Jens Lerche, Alessandra Mezzadri, Dae-Oup Chang, Pun Ngai, Lu Huilin, Liu Aiyu, and Ravi Srivastava
CDPR Working Paper 32/17, February 2017
Centre for Development Policy and Research (CDPR), SOAS, University of London
As part of the ESRC-DFID Research Project Labour Standards and the Working Poor in China and India
All recent publications can be viewed through SOAS Research Online.
For more blogs and other publication news from SOAS, visit this webpage.
International Development Department (IDD), University of Birmingham
DLP Research Paper by Caryn Peiffer
Most anticorruption programmes include awareness raising, sharing anticorruption messages via posters, radio or TV, for example. But there is so far little evidence available to tell us how effective these messages are. This paper reports on a survey experiment across 1,000 households in Jakarta that tested how four different messages affected respondents’ perceptions of corruption and of efforts to tackle it by government and ordinary citizens. Surprisingly, ‘positive’ messages about anticorruption action and successes tended to have the same unwelcome effects as 'negative' messages about corruption's prevalence. The paper discusses these findings and what they could mean for anticorruption efforts.
This topic guide introduces conceptual and practical approaches to violent extremism in different contexts, setting out what we know from the literature (English and Arabic).
David Hulme's recent books
My latest book: What Works for Africa’s Poorest? Programmes and Policies for the Extreme Poor (with David Lawson and Lawrence Ado-Kofie) is available from Practical Action Publishing here.
Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Keeping our Heads above Water, (with Manoj Roy and Joseph Hanlon) is now available from Anthem Press here.
Routledge and DSA affiliate program
Browse Routledge’s extensive collection of development studies titles here, and get your 20% DSA discount by entering code AF039 at checkout!
Hot off the press this month:
Public Health Humanitarian Responses to Natural Disasters by Emily Ying Yang Chan, £31.99 £25.59
This book provides a timely critical analysis of medical and public health humanitarian response to natural disasters.
People, Aid and Institutions in Socio-economic Recovery ed. by Dorothea Hilhorst, Bart Weijs, Gemma van der Haar, £29.99 £23.99
This book examines people’s strategies in the face of conflict and disaster-related fragility and explores the role of policies and aid interventions in socio-economic recovery.
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
Rural Topical Issues – a new collection of free access articles from JPS
The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) has put together a selection of new, recent and earlier US-centered articles published in the journal which are available to access for free. We hope that individually and collectively these articles can contribute in some ways to ongoing conversations and critical reflection.
Visit the site here.
Institute for Global Health & Development (IGHD), Queen Margaret University (QMU)
We are happy to announce that the final report for a major project undertaken by Dr Alison Strang of IGHD (Institute for Global Health and Development) along with colleagues from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Refugee Council and COSLA was published on the 24th March.
The landmark New Scots refugee integration strategy, which ran from 2014-17, comes to a close this month, and has been hailed as a trailblazing approach to supporting refugees and asylum seekers to settle in Scotland. The distinct approach of New Scots aims to enable refugees to settle and rebuild their lives from the day they arrive, to become active members of our communities and realise their full potential.
You can find the report here.
Please feel free to share in your own networks with the hashtag #NewScots
Practicing what we preach by Dan James
Developing INTRAC’s monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Research Excellence Framework 2021: applications invited for Main Panel Chairs
Four exceptional people are needed to serve as Main Panel Chairs (Designate) in the second Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The closing date is noon on Thursday 27 April 2017.
Read the full article and further particulars here.
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.