Annual conference: Background to the conference

Global Development as Relationship: Dependence, Interdependence or Divide?

7th-8th September 2015, University of Bath

Keynote speakers confirmed:  Professor James Ferguson (Stanford University) and Professor Branko Milanovic (City University of New York)


The Development Studies Association Conference in 2015 takes as its theme the forms of relationship that are valued, enacted and denied through current processes of international development. Ebola, political violence, migration, trade and climate change all assert our global interdependence, while structures of governance still tend to assume the predominance of nation state sovereignty. Contemporary growth processes have generated prosperity for many, great wealth for some and exceptional inequality. Their neo-liberal thrust valorises independence and generates increasing populations whose labour appears either surplus or highly insecure, and so rely on forms of social dependence to secure a basic livelihood. Alongside these non-inclusive growth processes new communication technologies have become an important means through which relationships are enacted, reconfiguring notions of nationality, community, neighbourhood, family and personal identity. 


Registration is now open, but will be closing on Tuesday 1st September 2015. For enquiries about availability of conference places after this date, please contact dsa2015(at)

To attend the conference, participants must be members of the DSA at the time of the Conference. Individual membership is £60 per year.  Concessionary membership is £30 per year.

Full delegate rates:

Early bird rate before 9th July

Rate after 9th July

Full delegate (two day rate)



Monday afternoon attendance only



Tuesday all day attendance only



Student concessionary rates:



Student (two day rate)



Student  - Monday  only



Student - Tuesday only  






Monday evening conference dinner



Refund policy:
A partial 50% refund is available for changes/cancellation of conference packages after 17th August 2015. No refunds can be given after 31st August 2015. 

Please proceed to register via the form at the bottom of this page.

Draft programme and book of abstracts

The draft programme is now available (PDF); the draft panel and paper abstracts are also downloadable here (PDF).  Details of poster abstracts can be found here (PDF).
N.B these are drafts and may well change.


Please note that there will be no bursary or travel awards for this year's Annual Conference.


The conference will start at 13.00 on Monday 7th September and end at 18.00 on Tuesday 8th September. To check availability and pricing of accommodation on campus at the University of Bath during the conference, please visit this website. Alternatively, contact the Hospitality and Accommodation Team directly by email: guestaccommodation(at) or phone 01225 386622. 

If you prefer to stay within the city of Bath, we recommend the Visit Bath website which offers a wide range of accommodation options.  

Exhibition at the DSA

A range of publishers and organisations will be exhibiting during the DSA conference 2015. These include: Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Oxfam, Oxford University Press, Palgrave MacMillan, Practical Action Publishing, Queen Elizabeth House, Routledge/Taylor and Francis, and Wiley Blackwell.


Journal of International Development Special Issue

Each year we aim to publish some of the papers for the Conference in the Journal of International Development. Those wishing their papers to be considered for publication in this Conference Special Edition should send FULL PAPERS by Monday 17th August 2015. Minor amendments will be possible after the Conference to reflect discussion.

  • Individual papers will be eligible for publication in a Special Edition of the Journal of International Development.
  • In some cases, a panel convenor and contributors may wish to write a joint thematic review paper following the conference, for consideration in the Special Issue of JID
  • In addition, certain panel topics may be suitable for groups of papers to be published as ‘Policy Fora' in JID or other journals.
  • The word limit and format will be as per JID (max 8000 words, 100 word abstract); further details here.

Full papers should be submitted as emailed attachments (in either Word or Open Office format) to the DSA, Subject line: JID Special issue proposal, To: membershipadmin(at)

Organising Committee and Contact

The organising committee for the conference is: David Hulme (University of Manchester), Susan Johnson (University of Bath), Sarah White (University of Bath) and Michael Wright (BOND).

Information, queries and submissions should be directed in the first instance to:

Details are also available on the following websites:

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