7 reasons to join the DSA
Joining the DSA plugs you into the latest thinking to further your research, inform your advocacy work or make a practical difference on the ground. We're the largest national body for people working in development studies. Some 50 institutions and about 500 individuals (including students) belong to the DSA. And our annual conference is a highlight of the development calendar.
Whether you're a student, a researcher, lecturer or a policy officer in an NGO, we offer modest joining fees.
Join as an individual
When you sign up you get these 7 benefits:
- Discounts on development journals and other publications. See our publications.
- Study group membership - you can join as many as you like. Research students get financial help for travel to Study Group meetings (conditions apply).
- Feel connected to a community of like-minded people working in development. You will be affiliated (via DSA) to European Association of Development Research & Training Institutes (EADI).
- Get consulted - you can take part in large consultations through us.
- Get updated - our e-newsletter updates you on fellow members' research and publications. Be the first to hear about jobs, events and calls for papers.
- Free publicity - you can share your findings and promote your publications through our members' e-newsletter and website.
- Members directory - as a member you will be part of our online members directory, including your interests, publications and contact details. Useful to help you team up with people working on similar topics.
Individual membership costs £60 a year unless you qualify for concessionary membership:
- individual - £60 a year or £280 for five-years
- concessionary - for retired academics, students and the unwaged - £30 a year
- student - for undergraduate, masters or doctorate students - £20 a year
If you are both living in a developing economy and a national of an LDC, then you may apply for free membership.
Join as an institution
Decisions taken at the 2014 and 2015 AGMs have streamlined membership categories and rates for institutions. We also introduced a new category of Premium Membership.
If your whole organisation joins the DSA, Basic Institutional Membership gives you seven main benefits:
- Networking - at our Heads of Centres Meeting, Policy Fora, and other DSA events.
- Get consulted - you can take part in large consultations through us such as Research Excellence Framework 2013, HEFCE consultations, DFID's Research Strategy 2009 - 2013 and the DFID White Paper process.
- E-newsletter - get updates on our news and publications.
- Free publicity - share your events, jobs and publications through our e-newsletter and website.
- International links - we are affiliated to the European Association of development Research & Training Institutes http://www.eadi.org/ (EADI) and OneWorld. http://uk.oneworld.net/
- Directories - you can create entries in our research directory and our directory of development courses
- Conference - two (Small institutions) or four (Large institutions) staff members may attend the Annual Conference as non-Individual members (Conference Registration fee still applies)
Fee levels are based on size
Small institutions are considered to be those with less than £500k annual turnover or 3 FTE academics working on development studies. All others are considered 'large'. Each institution may self-select.
- Small Institutional Membership: £350 a year
- Large Institutional Membership: £750 a year
Premium Membership - Benefits
- Year round access to publicise jobs, events, training, calls for papers, funding opportunities, publications through the DSA Monthly Bulletin
- Year round access to publicise jobs, events, training, calls for papers, funding opportunities, publications through the DSA Website
- A place at our Annual Heads of Centres meeting
- Receive the DSA Monthly Bulletin
- Up to six staff members may attend the Annual Conference as non-Individual members (Conference Registration fee still applies)
- Two ‘Spotlights' per year in the Monthly Bulletin
- Logo displayed on DSA Home Page
- Logo displayed on first page of DSA Monthly Bulletin
- Premium membership rate for an Exhibition stand at DSA Annual Conference and one free insert in the Conference pack
- Priority attendance for students at DSA conferences and careers fairs
- Participate in regular strategic consultation with the DSA Council through annual meetings and others communications
- Level 1 (turnover < 2, 500,000 GBP): £1,500
- Level 2 (turnover 2,500,000 GBP - 10,000,000): £3,000
- Level 3 (turnover > 10,000,000): £4,000
Join as a publisher
The DSA offers Publishers with development studies related publications the opportunity to advertise their publications via the DSA website. Publisher members may avail of discounted exhibition rates at the annual conference.
Membership costs £850 per year.