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DSA2016 conference, 12-14 Sept, Call for Papers opens

The annual conference will take place in the Examination Schools, University of Oxford in mid-September. The call for papers is now open, with ~70 panels to choose from. The deadline for submissons is 25 April.

The keynotes will be Professor Tania Li (University of Toronto) and Professor James A. Robinson (University of Chicago).

Read more on the conference website

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.

DSA/ICEA dissertation prize

2015 saw the launch of a new annual dissertation prize in partnership with the International Consulting Economists Association (ICEA). The 2016 call has now one out. Read more.

Membership migration

The membership data is now held in a new system which brings with it a new login environment, and a new membership application form. Please bear with us through the inevitable teething problems!

At the recent AGM:

  • Membership categories were simplified and rates updated
  • The Membership year for all members was altered to run from February for 12 months. 
  • Accounts were presented
  • The President reported on the Association's year

Heads of Centres meeting

The DSA convened a Heads of Centres meeting (HoC) on 18th February in Manchester. Eleven Development Studies Centres attended. Two main topics were discussed: global challenges for teaching, specifically in the area of development studies, and the consultation on the future of the Research Excellence Framework. The first discussion highlighted the potential for transnational education (to be followed up by the DSA Council at their next meeting) and the second strongly supported development studies for a joint panel, with peer assessment rather than a shift to metrics. It was agreed that the DSA should submit a response. DSA members views are welcomed, emailed to membershipadmin(at)devstud.org.uk, from where they'll be collated and forwarded to the Council team responsible.  The DSA response must be in by 24th March, so be quick!

Study Group news

DSA Information, Technology and Development Study Group Meeting and Call for Abstracts

"Big and Open Data for International Development"
12 July, University of Manchester

The aim of this workshop is to share socio-technical, socio-organisational and critical research on “data revolution” trends: most notably big data and open data.  We hope the workshop will shape a future research agenda and form the basis for future research partnerships.

Prospective presenters should submit an abstract of 200-400 words outlining their proposed presentation to the Centre for Development Informatics: cdi(at)manchester.ac.uk with a deadline of 30 April 2016. Read more.

DSA Monthly Bulletin

Download the DSA's May 2016 Bulletin

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New DSA/OUP book series

The DSA is launching a book series on Critical Frontiers of Theory, Research and Practice in International Development Studies, to be published by Oxford University Press. The series profiles research monographs that will shape the theory, practice, and teaching of international development for a new generation of scholars, students, and practitioners. 

The objective is to set high quality standards within the field of development studies to nurture and advance the field, as is the central mandate of the DSA.


Journal of International Development

The DSA has great pleasure in announcing that its journal - the Journal of International Development, published by Wiley - is included in the ISI Social Sciences Citation Index.

Impact Factor: 0.622
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 48/55 (Planning and Development)

News from EADI

Call for Book Manuscripts

In conjunction with Palgrave MacMillan, EADI publishes the EADI Global Development Series. We warmly invite proposals/ book manuscripts for the series. Please write to c.brian(at)palgrave.com to submit a proposal or request information.

The Editors of the series are Maja Bucar (Dean for Doctoral Studies and International Relations, University of Ljubljana) and Andrew Mold (Senior Economist at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Kigali, Rwanda).

More information about the EADI Global Development Series


EADI has published a list of MOOCs offered by EADI members, categorised according to topics: 

To ensure updated content on the website and maximum information flow among EADI members, they ask you to send further information and suggestions regarding the MOOCs to be included on the webpage, to editor_enews(at)eadi.org.