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DSA Scotland

DSA Scotland Mini Conference

DSA Scotland holds one day and mini conferences promoting cross-regional and cross-disciplinary dialogue between PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and academics with expert knowledge working on development issues.

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DSA Scotland's latest conference May 2014 consisted of five parts:

  • Presentations by established researchers
  • A Presentation about the University of Strathclyde’s International Development Network followed by discussion about the nature of the international development work of Scottish Universities – this session also included a presentation by the DFID Research and Evidence Division followed by questions and discussion
  • Presentations by postgraduate research students/supervisors
  • Presentations relating to the health status of developing country nationals
  • Issues around the governance of DSA Scotland and its activities


Next meeting agenda:


African Enterprise and Economic Development: A Proud History: A Promising Future
12-13th November, University of West of Scotland (UWS – Paisley Campus).


The DSA (through the DSA Scotland Study Group) is providing some support for a “Launch Conference and Inauguration” of the new Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED) in the University of West of Scotland.

In the afternoon and evening of 12th November there will be a welcome from Professor Jeanne Keay (Vice Principal International UWS) and Professor John Struthers (Director of CAREED). Following this will be “The Africa Debate: African Enterprise and Economic Development: A Proud History: A Promising Future” led by noted African diplomats and by the Chief Executive of the Glasgow-based African Forum Scotland. A keynote address will be given by Fiorina Mugione (UNCTAD Geneva) on “Entrepreneurship in Africa: Achievements and Challenges”.  Mr Humza Yousaf, Minister for Europe and International Development in the Scottish Government, will also join the proceedings.

In the morning of Friday 13th November there will be two parallel sessions, which will include presentations by academics at UWS who will be based in the research centre, external speakers, and PhD students of the UWS. The parallel sessions will be on: “Enterprise, Social Business and Diaspora”, and on “Commodities and Trade”. In the afternoon there will be plenary sessions on “Aid, Economic Development, Infrastructure and Microfinance”, the first of which will consist of two presentations from DSA Scotland, and the second will include further presentations from the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh and from past and present UWS research students.

Download the full book of abstracts (PDF) here.

Any enquiries should be directed to Beatrice Isah Dara on Beatrice.IsahDara(at)

Previous meeting(s):
Conference Location Date Documents
DSA Scotland Mini Conference University of Strathclyde May 2014 >Programme
>Conference Report
>Business report
Violence, Conflict and Socio-Economic Development University of St Andrews September 2013 >Report
Micro-credit Symposium University of Strathclyde January 2013 >Report
Development Studies in Africa and South Asia: Cutting across regions and disciplines University of Edinburgh September 2012 >Report
DSA Scotland Mini Conference University of Dundee May 2011 >Report
DSA Scotland Mini Conference University of Glasgow May 2010 N/A

If you're interested in joining this study group simply send your contact details to the convenor below.



Mozammel Huq (University of Strathclyde, UK)
0141 552 4400