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.
DSA2018: Global inequalities
University of Manchester
27-29 June 2018
We have circulated an email to all delegates requesting feedback on the 2018 conference, we would be grateful for your time to complete this, as your responses will help us improve on future conferences. If you require a certificate of attendance or a receipt of your payment, these can be downloaded from the conference website by using the login link at the top of the page. Proceed past your personal details and look for the ‘C’ icon beside your registration to download a PDF certificate.
Publishing session podcast
This year we held a session on how to get published and advice around publishing. You can hear some of the 2017 session here. The 2018 session will be posted online soon.
DSA Council Elections
The following colleagues were elected to serve their first term on Council: Uma Kambhampati (University of Reading), Naila Kabeer (London School of Economics) & Rachel Slater (University of Wolverhampton). Laura Hammond (SOAS) and Nandini Gooptu (ODID) were re-elected to serve for another term. The position of student representative was hotly contested, and voting resulted in Amal Chammas (York St John University) & Bookie Ezeomah (University of Manchester) being asked to work together as student representatives on Council. The website will be updated shortly to show the new Council in full..
REF2021 panel membership appointments announced
Sub-panel 22: Anthropology & Development Studies
Professor Deborah James - London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Jo Beall - British Council
Professor Barry Bogin - Loughborough University
Dr Peter Evans - Department for International Development
Professor Ravi Kanbur - Cornell Dyson School
Professor Uma Kothari - University of Manchester
Professor Tobias Kelly* - University of Edinburgh
Professor Susanne Kuechler - University College London
Professor David Wield - The Open University
Dr Andrew Taylor - University of Hull
See the full announcement at the REF website
Joe Devine has been invited on to the assessment panel for the REF subpanel Social Work and Social Policy
DSA Dissertation prize winners 2018
Congratulations to Bushra Rehman and Henrique Lopes Valenca for jointly winning the DSA dissertation prize award this year. You can read what the judges said of their work and find links to read their dissertations on the DSA dissertation prize webpage.
NEW & Upcoming DSA Workshops with Institutional Members 2018/19
The first workshop of the series was held on 10 April 2018 at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich.
The focus was Meeting the challenges of interdisciplinary research for global development: strengthening sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Look out for further notices about the forthcoming Workshops later in the year.
DSA-OUP book series second & third titles are now available
Playing with Fire: Deepened Financial Integration and Changing Vulnerabilities of the Global South by Yilmaz Akyüz ISBN 9780198797173 2017
Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis by Matteo Rizzo ISBN 9780198794240 2017
IN: Critical Frontiers Of Theory, Research, And Policy In International Development Studies
Links to future SG events can be seen in the side bar on the right (or beneath on narrower screens). Other news follows.
DSA Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Study Group
The Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Study Group Meeting
Friday 14th September
University of Birmingham
The meeting will have an open call for papers, please get in touch with the convenor, Fiona Nunan (f.s.nunan(at)bham.ac.uk) if you’d like to present or just come along and network. Further information will be available nearer the time.
DSA Multidimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics Study Group
International Workshop on Poverty, Inequality Dynamics, and Economic Development: Tensions and Trade-offs in Mixed Methods Research
Kings College London, 6 September (from 12 noon) and 7 September 2018
For all the details see the SG webpage.
DSA Women and Development Study Group
'Bringing our feminist values to development research, policy and practice': Celebrating 25 years of Gender and Development
11 May 2018
Sponsors: Gender & Development Journal, DSA Women and Development Study Group, Oxfam
Hosted by Northumbria University's Centre for International Development
Read the full report here.
DSA Gender, Policy & Practice Study Group
The SG are planning a workshop around the critical issues of racism and gender inequality that characterise many aid relationships, and the current aid crisis, you can read more on the SG webpage.
Professor Xiaolan Fu spoke at the inauguration of the UN’s new Technology Bank, which was set up to help strengthen capacities in science, technology and innovation in low-income countries. Find out more.
Professor Alexander Betts and Sir Paul Collier wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about research comparing outcomes for refugees in Kenya who have experienced two different models of settlement: a 'self-reliance model' in Kalobeyei camp and a more traditional aid model in Kakuma camp.
BBC Radio 3 ran a 30-minute programme about Associate Professor Laura Rival and her experience of living with the Huaorani in the Amazon rainforest. The programme interspersed an interview with Dr Rival with her own taped recordings from the time, against a soundscape recorded in the forest by sound designer Gareth Fry.
The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) celebrated their 10th anniversary with a special issue of Dimensions magazine. The issue explores OPHI’s history and includes opinions from Amartya Sen, Michael Spence and Anthony Shorrocks about OPHI’s impact.
Tom Lavers was quoted in a piece on ‘Driven away by conflict, thousands of Ethiopians stranded without a home’ and in the Economist on
Ethiopia’s scheme to help the poor is setting an example.
Pritish Behuria is quoted in ‘As Kigali grows its influence, caution is key’
The Global Development Institute hosted a seminar with former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
Seth Schindler has been awarded and ESRC grant and a Newton Fellowship to investigate deindustriualisation.
Armando Barrientos has launched a beta version of a new social assistance database, with data for Latin America. Data for other regions will be uploaded over July.
Alessandra Mezzadri was an invited speaker at the international conference 'Karl Marx – Life, Ideas, Influence: A Critical Examination on the Bicentenary', which was held in June 16-20, 2018, Patna (Bihar), India. Alessandra presented a paper titled 'Marx in the Sweatshop: Exploitation and Social Reproduction in a Global Garment Factory Called India'.
Mark Mcquinn gave one of the Keynote speeches at a conference arranged to highlight research on new directions for Sino-African collaboration in Abuja titled 'The Abuja Forum, A New Era for Sino-African Collaboration: Partnership for Development'. The research is led by Dr Michael Ehizuelen, Head of the Institute of African Studies and is also in collaboration with the Gusau Institute in Nigeria. Mark is a member of the research team based at the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU), China.
Comparative Peacebuilding in Asia
The Department of International Development at the London School of Economics hosted the final conference in the Peace Building Asia series. Previous locations include Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The London conference,` held on 25 June 2018, seeked to use the address the larger debates and frameworks on peacebuilding, to interact with the policy community, and to engage with comparative experiences from other regions, particularly Africa.
Find out more about the conference series here.
Value Added Tax in developing countries policy brief from Joana Naritomi and the IGC
Dr Joana Naritomi and Francois Gerald have released a policy brief vis the International Growth Centre entitled Value Added Tax in developing countries: Lessons from recent research. The policy explores the potential of ICT to present new ways of strengthening VAT systems whilst also the new challenges it poses as well. You can read the policy brief here.
Professor Putzel speaks at the Brussels Rural Development Briefings
Last week, Professor of Development Studies, James Putzel, was invited to speak at the Brussels Rural Development Briefings. He presented his expert analysis in a briefing entitled: Agriculture as an engine of economic reconstruction and development in fragile countries. Find out more about the briefing here.
Professor Green reflects on teaching Advocacy, Campaigning and Grassroots Activism
“What did I learn from teaching LSE students about advocacy and campaigns?” Professor Duncan Green tells us what he has learnt from students in the first year of teaching Advocacy, Campaigning and Grassroots Activism. Read the article here.
The DPU’s Emmanuel Osuteye participated in the 5th International Climate Change Adaptation conference (“Adaptation Futures”) from the 18th to 21st of June 2018, Cape Town South Africa.
We celebrate the World Refugee Day with the launch of the 10th volume of the BUDDlab, a pamphlet that documents and reflects upon the complex and contested reality of hospitality and asylum policy, politics and practice in Italy.
Congratulations to lecturer Dr. Andrea Rigon and PhD student Nicola Antaki for winning the Early Career and Post-graduate Research categories at the UCL Provost's Public Engagement Awards
Congratulations to DPU alumni Akil Scafe-Smith who is among the built environment professionals that have been chosen to help improve public sector design expertise under a pioneering new programme.
We are extremely proud of Salma Nassar, the graduate of MSc Building and Urban Design in Development class 2017-16, for the amazing contribution to Egyptian Pavilion in 16th Venice Architecture Biennale.
Do not forget the most vulnerable people on World Refugee Day
Tina Nelis, Brigitte Rohwerder
Are fuel riots the food riots of the 21st century?
Under the surface – the global politics of ocean plastic pollution
Congratulations to four NRI PhD students who have completed their research on development studies topics this year and
will be graduating this month:
Lora Forsythe (NRI staff member) - The impact of staple crop value chain participation on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Nigeria and Malawi: changes in poverty, gender relations and food security
Jane Robb - Understanding drivers of deforestation using socio-psychological behavioural theory and the capability approach (a case study of Guatemala)
Bertha Darteh - The scope of Learning Alliances as a mechanism for more innovative urban water management (a case study of Accra, Ghana)
Peter Beine Ahimbisibwe - Impact of cassava innovations on household productivity and welfare in Uganda.
Congratulations also to several of their NRI colleagues who are graduating following research on topics in agricultural and food science.
Innogen Institute looks to the future of innovation in life sciences and international development
Theo Papaioannou, Professor of Politics, Innovation and Development, shares insights from this year's Innogen Institute annual meeting, which focused on learning from successful bidding practices of the past, reviewing current projects, and identifying future research areas. Read more...
Using research to inform and shape financial inclusion
Insights and discussion from a recent masterclass organised by The Open University, which saw Early Careers Researchers (ECRs) and PhD students in economics and geography come together with key experts in finance, to discuss the reality, challenges and changes needed to enable financial inclusion worldwide. Read more...
Memories of Migration: A look at last week’s Who Are We? event at Tate Exchange
Last week saw a fascinating series of events and installations curated by The Open University, Counterpoint Arts and partners at the Tate Exchange. Who Are We? focused on sparking conversations and thoughts on the realities of migration. Two Open University PhD students have written about their experiences of the event. Dimos Sarantidis, an Open University PhD student and former human rights lawyer working with asylum seekers, writes a powerful blog highlighting the memories the artwork stirred. Evgenia Iliadou provides a striking visual and written account of her visit, and explains how one exhibit in particular helped her re-examine the idea of 'home'.
An opinion piece by Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at The Open University.
University of Reading
GIIDAE Alumni Lecture
The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE), at the University of Reading, welcomed more than 60 of its Alumni, current students and online visitors to its first alumni Lecture on Wednesday 30th May, featuring guest speaker, James Deane, Director of Policy and Research at BBC Media Action.
James talked about the key issues of the 21st century in a lecture entitled: ‘From HIV to Climate Change Adaptation’. Follow this link to view the event.
Dr Deepa Senapathi BES Policy Fellowship 2017:
Congratulations to Dr Deepa Senapathi, Research Fellow of Agri-Environment, in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, at the University of Reading who was awarded the BES Policy Fellowship 2017.
This is the first time such a Policy Fellowship has been awarded to a mid-career researcher and involved a competitive interview process. The fellowships offer a rare opportunity to support the career development of mid-career scientists by providing a placement opportunity within government and salary support.
Deepa has recently completed six months working within Defra supported on a part-time basis working within the Wildlife Evidence and Nature strategy teams to help set up a framework for the evaluation of the Biodiversity 2020 strategy, particularly with regards to climate change adaptation. To find out more visit here.
EIT Project “Circular Food Generator Track”
Dr Paola Tosi, Senior Research Fellow of Crop Production, and Dr Ese Omoarukhe, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, recently accompanied a group of students to Germany to take part in a Europe wide challenge, the "Circular Food Generator Track", sponsored under the EIT framework.
The project is in collaboration with a number of industry partners and has been created to develop new and innovative solutions in relation to food waste from retailing activities.
The University of Reading team has decided to focus on potatoes nearing their sell by date, and have developed a croquet-type product they have named ‘Potato Globe’, filled with flavours inspired by their Mediterranean, South East Asian and West African backgrounds. They are hoping to win the challenge and see their final products on the frozen food aisles of retail stores around Europe in the near future. To find out more visit here.
GIIDAE announces a Newton fund collaboration with The Aurora State College of Technology
Dr Sarah Cardey, Associate Professor in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, recently started a new collaboration between the University of Reading and Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) in the Philippines through the Newton Institutional Partnerships programme.
The two institutes will be working together on a research project that aims to establish community-based climate change adaptation (CCA) strategies with indigenous peoples through combining local knowledge and scientific technologies. A participatory approach will be taken to identify the best local CCA practices, as the two institutions work with communities in the region to strengthen their capacities and meet their needs.
The strategies that are developed throughout the project will be implemented by ASCOT, and will also help to build the capacity of ASCOT through the creation of research and learning materials.
London International Development Centre (LIDC)
London International Development Centre unveils new brand
London International Development Centre (LIDC), a consortium of seven University of London institutions shaping the future of international development, unveiled a new logo, website and visual identity on Wednesday 30th May 2018. The new brand identity better reflects LIDC’s commitment to foster collaboration and innovation among its membership. As well as a bold new logo, a new website – www.lidc.ac.uk – launches today. The website offers a range of tools and resources for its growing network of members. This includes a calendar of topical events and networking opportunities and the latest global development news and opinions. To learn more about the rebrand, here is a blog from LIDC Centre Director, Professor Claire Heffernan.
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London School of Economics (LSE)
HPG/LSE Senior Level Humanitarian Emergencies
The annual HPG/LSE Senior Level Humanitarian Emergencies Workshop took place between 18-22 June and welcomed 17 delegates from around the world. The week-long intensive course provides an opportunity for mid-career and senior professionals to learn and reflect on critical issues in preparing for, responding to and transitioning out of humanitarian crises. Speakers this year included: Professor Mary Kaldor (LSE), Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou (Graduate Institute), Tom Keatinge (RUSI) and Dr Sara Pantuliano (ODI).
To find out more about the course, or to be added to the mailing list, please email d.patel20(at)lse.ac.uk.
The Open University
Free course launches: Making teacher education relevant for
21st century Africa
There is still time to join this new free four-week online course on Futurelearn, developed by the award-winning Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) programme. Making Teacher Education Relevant for 21st Century Africa is for anyone who works with, or trains, teachers in Africa and will help participants to incorporate open educational resources (OERs) into teacher education, and help teachers to use active-learning and ICT. Read more…
University of Bradford
Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford is for people who want to change the world. Our students are surprisingly diverse but what unites them is their vision of a fairer, kinder society and a commitment to learning both intellectual and practical skills to take into their future professional lives. The Peace Studies values are simple: intellectual curiosity, dialogue, and a belief that violent conflict, hatred and destructive inequalities are not inevitable. We need the dreamers, the questioners, and the community builders more than ever. Come and join us!
OUR MASTERS DEGREES
MA in Advanced Practice in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
MSc in Economics and Finance for Development
MA in International Development Management
MA in International Relations and Security Studies
MA in Peace, Conflict and Development
MA in Peace, Resilience and Social Justice
MSc Project Planning and Management
MSc Sustainable Development
If you are interesting in pursuing doctoral research in the area of peace studies and international development, please get in contact with us directly.
Research Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
The MSc Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty is a transdisciplinary course addressing current issues related to food systems, management of natural resources, climate change, and building just and resilient societies. It is a unique approach to finding sustainable solutions where conventional approaches are failing, in that it goes beyond the issue of access to natural resources, food and water, and addresses their governance locally, nationally and at a global scale.
This course is designed for students from a wide range of disciplines that include physical and natural sciences, geography, social sciences and humanities, economics, and political sciences. It is designed and delivered at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) which is the largest centre in the world doing transdisciplinary research in these areas.
University of East London (UEL)
The PG Cert in NGO and Development Management via Distance Learning at UEL offers you the opportunity to examine the central issues facing developing countries in today’s globalized world and to learn practical skills to work in development. This course not only addresses the theories of development but also explores how development works at the grassroots. The distance learning delivery enables flexible learning so you can fit your study around work or other commitments.
Details of requirements and application procedures can be found here.
For more information please contact K.E.Wright(at)uel.ac.uk
University of Chester
For more information on our undergraduate programme, please see our website.
Food is a cross-cutting development issue that concerns hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition, environment sustainability, power politics, social justice and cultural identity. It is about the global and the local and the hard trade-offs that the globalisation era has brought about.
This MA draws on wide-ranging expertise of faculty at both IDS and School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex (where you will be based). You will gain an advanced understanding of the complex relationship between food and development.
Apply to one of IDS’ postgraduate degrees in international development. The University of Sussex is currently ranked first in the world for development studies. The QS World Ranking reflects the strong reputation and quality of research and course offerings across campus, including by IDS. Our courses are:
• International Development PhD by Research
• MA Development Studies
• MA Food and Development
• MA Gender and Development
• MA Globalisation, Business and Development
• MA Governance, Development and Public Policy
• MA Participation, Power and Social Change
• MA Poverty and Development
• MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
More information on the IDS website.
Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Global Health Msc/PGDip/PGCert
Our Global Health will help you understand the complex determinants of health and ill-health in a globalised world and their potential solutions in order to help you contribute to the improvement of health and the achievement of health equity and social justice worldwide. Graduates from this course will have the skills to work as global health practitioners, policy makers, consultants or researchers within NGOs, governments and international health and development agencies.
For more information visit the website.
Global Development Institute (GDI)
GDI’s lecture series and seminars are open to all you can view past seminars here.
IGHD, Queen Margaret University
In Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival in August? Join IGHD for ‘Never a Soft Touch’
Scotland was once considered a soft touch on female genital mutilation (FGM), failing to protect 23,979 affected residents. Oonagh O'Brien (Queen Margaret University) and Jerusalem Barnabas (Waverley Care) argue that things are changing. Greater steps are now being taken to prevent and mitigate FGM, and there are stories of hope and resilience to be told. Join our speakers to learn more about the positive change happening right here in Scotland.
For more information and to book tickets visit the website.
Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
Dialogues in Urban Equality #2 – Co-production
11 July 2018 | 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
DPU@Senate House, 403 Senate House Malet St, London WC1E 7HU
IDS, University of Sussex
Professor Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and founding director of UNAids, will deliver the IDS Annual Lecture 2018 on ‘Can we end the aids epidemic? The need for a development approach’.
Tuesday 17 July at 17:00
Jubilee Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex
The HSR2018 team are delighted to announce that online registration for the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2018), which will take place in Liverpool, UK from 8 to 12 October 2018, is now open.
Transforming Nutrition: Ideas, Policies and Outcomes
Monday 16 July 2018 - Friday 20 July 2018 09:00-17:00
Institute of Development Studies
Building effective public and civil society partnerships for teaching and research
Monday 10 September 2018 - Friday 14 September 2018
University of Bath
Research Associate (Fellowship in International Development) (Fixed Term)
Social and Policy Sciences
Deadline for applications: 13 July 2018
Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
Teaching Fellow: MSc Social Development Practice
Hours - Part Time
Hours per week (%FTE) -7.3 hours per week (20% FTE)
Salary (inclusive of London allowance) - £38,581- £41,864 per annum
The Development Planning Unit, University College London, wishes to appoint a part time Teaching Fellow to run 18 sessions, which is the full two term module on Social Diversity, Inequality and Poverty. The sessions will run between September and mid-March, with a written examination in March.
See the website for further details.
IGHD, Queen Margaret University
Lecturer: Institute for Global Health and Development
The Institute for Global Health and Development is a multi-disciplinary centre for postgraduate education and research addressing contemporary health and development challenges in low and middle income countries and their connection to global systems and trends. Marked by a commitment to critical thinking, practice engagement, and social justice, over its more than twenty-five year history it has equipped over five hundred Masters and doctoral alumni from sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia, Europe and Americas for work in the health, development and humanitarian sectors.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Institute as it enters a new phase of its development with an emphasis on integrating e-learning into its teaching programme (facilitated by a major collaborative Erasmus+ award) and focused research initiatives in areas where the Institute can claim global leadership, notably with respect to health systems in fragile and low-income settings and psychosocial well-being, protection and integration.
We welcome applications from individuals with doctoral qualification in the area of global health to contribute to, and further shape the Institute’s teaching agenda. We will particularly welcome those who have expertise in relation to sexual and reproductive health, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Full details via the website.
The Open University
Project Manager, OU in Scotland, working on ZEST (Zambia Education through School-based Training)
View the full advert on the website.
TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa) is a long standing, award-winning programme which works with partners in 10 sub-Saharan countries to strengthen teacher education. This includes Zambia where the OU is delivering a new Scottish Government funded project, ZESTwhich aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Zambia, working in partnership with World Vision and the Ministry of Education in Zambia.
Associate Lecturer for new OU module: E309 - Comparative and international studies in primary education
View all the details here.
Opportunities are across the UK. Associate Lecturer positions are available for this new module from The Open University. The module is the compulsory level 3 (SCQF level 10) module for the BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary) degree (Q94). It is for students with an interest in primary education, for those aspiring to become primary school teachers, or people who are working, volunteering, or aspiring to enter the wider education sector, including museum education, community education, NGOs, or educational administration.
Global Development Institute (GDI)
Part-time Lecturer – University of Manchester
The GDI are recruiting a part-time Lecturer in Pedagogies for
Call for Participants - Early Career Researchers
British Council Researcher Links Workshop under the Newton Fund
"Governance And Actor Roles In Sustainable Development in a Global-Local Framework"
Chapeco-Santa Catarina, Brazil
27-31 August, 2018
Deadline for applications: 15 July 2018
See all the details here on how to apply for the grant
Details of the British Council Researcher Links Programme under the Newton Fund is available here.
Call for Proposals: Assumptions, new roles of Civil Society Organisations for Inclusive Development
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands is calling for research which focuses exclusively on theme 3 of the Theory of Change: ‘Civic Space under Pressure’. The call is be open for consortia consisting of research organisations located in the LLMIC(s) in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia or Latin America where the project/programme that is subject of the empirical research is implemented and one or more research organisations based in any country. Eligible projects include research in at least two LLMICs across continents, and not focus on Kenya, Ethiopia, India and Ukraine. You may apply until September 4th, 2018. Projects are expected to start before December 1st, 2018. For more information and to apply please visit their website.
University of Reading
The Graduate Institute of International Development and Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE) announced today that it is increasing its GIIDAE International Scholarship – Nigeria funding from £15,000 to £60,000, and that is extending its deadline for its UK/EU, alumni and Nigeria Scholarships to 20th July 2018 in a move to assist students.
The decision to amend deadlines is in acknowledgement of changes made to other university’s examinations timetables, while the change to the Nigeria Scholarship comes following further reductions in value of the Naira against the pound (Stirling), and coincides with the University of Reading’s recognition of Professor Hafiz Abubakar, Deputy Governor of Kano State, Nigeria, who is set to be awarded an honorary degree at the graduation ceremonies this summer.
For further information and to apply for the scholarship, please visit the website
Evidence Information Service
Academic survey on engagement with parliament
We are a group of academics from the Cardiff University, University of Exeter, University College London, University of Bath and University of Bristol working with the House of Commons Library and the National Assembly for Wales Research Service to develop a UK Evidence Information Service (EIS).
The EIS will act as a rapid matchmaking and advisory service, working with existing UK parliamentary systems to connect politicians with the wider network of academics and professionals in science, technology, engineering, maths, medicine, humanities and the social sciences. More details about the project can be found in our Guardian article and GW4 webpage.
We are seeking the confidential views of academics on their attitudes to and experiences of evidence-based policy-making, the usefulness of the EIS and their potential contribution.
The survey is part of the UK Evidence Information Service (EIS) project. We are working with the four UK legislative bodies – UK Parliament, National Assembly for Wales, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly – and are interested in gathering information from academics, including their experience of engaging. The results will be published and publicly available.
We therefore invite all UK researchers in academia and industry to complete an 5-10 minute survey.
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.
Oxford Department of International Development (ODID)
Sabina Alkire (2018) ‘Multidimensional poverty measures as
relevant policy tools’, OPHI Working Paper 118
Sabina Alkire (2018) ‘The research agenda on multidimensional poverty measurement: important and as-yet unanswered questions’, OPHI Working Paper 119
Corneliu Bjola and Ilan Manor (2018) 'Revisiting Putnam’s two-level game theory in the digital age: domestic digital diplomacy and the Iran nuclear deal', Cambridge Review of International Affairs
Georgia Cole (2018) ‘Questioning the value of ‘refugee’ status and its primary vanguard: the case of Eritreans in Uganda’, RSC Working Paper 124
Xiaolan Fu (2018) ‘Trade in intangibles and a global value chain-based view of international trade and global imbalance’ TMCD Working Paper 78
Kim Samuel, Sabina Alkire, Diego Zavaleta, China Mills and John Hammock (2018) ‘Social isolation and its relationship to multidimensional poverty’, Oxford Development Studies 46 (1): 83-97.
Global Development Institute (GDI)
Jackman, D. 2018. 'The decline of gangsters and politicisation of violence in urban Bangladesh'. Development and Change.
Behuria, Pritish. 2018. Examining Effectiveness and Learning in Rwandan policymaking: The varied outcomes of learning from failure in productive sector policies. Journal of International Development.
Danquah , M., Ouattara, B. & Quartey, P. 2018 In : African Development Review. 30, 2, p. 162-174 12 p. Technology Transfer and National Efficiency: does absorptive capacity matter?
Ouattara, B., Strobl, E., Vermeiren, J. & Yearwood, S. 18 (Accepted/In press) in: Environment and Development Economics. Fiscal Shortage Risk and The Potential Role for Tropical Storm Insurance: Evidence from the Caribbean
Kothari, Uma with Edensor, T, 2018 Consuming Colonial Imaginaries and forging postcolonial networks: on the road with Indian travellers in the 1950s
The Studying Farmer-led Irrigation project has published a policy brief Farmer-led irrigation development and investment strategies for food security, growth and employment in Africa.
Gabrielle Restelli has published the policy brief ‘Does development aid contribute to curbing migration flows to Europe?’
Nicola Banks, Dan Brockington, David Hulme & Mathilde Maitrot Interrogating Microfinance Performance Beyond Products, Clients and the Environment: Insights From the Work of BRAC in Tanzania, The European Journal of Development Research
Bina Agarwal Can group farms outperform individual family farms? Empirical insights from India.
IDS, University of Sussex
Participation in Economic Decision-Making: A Primer
Katy Oswald, K., Marina J. Apgar, Jodie Thorpe John Gaventa
Energy Protests in Fragile Settings: The Unruly Politics of Provisions in Egypt, Myanmar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe, 2007–2017
IDS Working Paper 513
Inclusive Urban Development in South Africa: What Does It Mean and How Can It Be Measured?
Ivan Turok and Justin Visagie
IDS Working Paper 512
Representation and Inclusion in School Councils in Mozambique
Kátia Taela, Erika López Franco, Alex Shankland, Catija Maivasse, Nárcya Chilengue and Claudino Goodyfry
IDS Research Report 84.
Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
By Zeremariam Fre
By Stephanie Butcher, Alexandre Apsan Frediani and Federica Risi, Editors.
In partnership with Citizens UK.
In the Media
DPU Director Julio D Davila was interviewed for an article published last month on the impact of the new cable-car on the outskirts of Mexico City, in a low-income area called Ecatepec.
Department of Development Studies and the Department of Economics, SOAS
The Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO) has just published La cuestión agraria y los gobiernos de izquierda en América Latina edited by Cristóbal Kay and Leandro Vergara-Camus. The book can be downloaded for free here:
Peter Mollinga's paper co-authored with Diana Suhardiman on the Indonesian upeti system of patronage is featured in a blog post published on ThriveNet addressing institutionalised corruption in the water sector..
IDD, University of Birmingham
Cheeseman, Nic and Alana Tomlin (2018) Reimagining the Role of the Commonwealth in the UK’s Future, The Round Table, online first.
Peiffer, Caryn, Rosita Armytage and Heather Marquette (2018) Uganda’s health sector as a hidden positive outlier in bribery reduction, Research Paper 56, Developmental Leadership Program, University of Birmingham, Birmingham.
Peiffer, Caryn, Heather Marquette, Rosita Armytage and Trevor Budhram (2018) The surprising case of bribery reduction in South Africa, Research Paper 57, Developmental Leadership Program, University of Birmingham, Birmingham.
NRI – University of Greenwich
Haggar J., Lamboll R. & Nelson V. (2018) ‘Understanding different perspectives on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and how it can be achieved’, SAIRLA Working Paper 1, Chatham, Natural Resources Institute.
Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment
Edited by Stroma Cole, University of the West of England, UK
July 2018 / Paperback / 112 Pages / 9781786394422
Does tourism empower women working in and producing tourism? The first of its kind, this book is a critical gendered analysis that questions the extent to which tourism brings women empowerment. It is an engaging and thought-provoking read for students, researchers and practitioners in the areas of tourism, gender studies, development and anthropology.
Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Call for papers: Vivir Bien/ Buen Vivir and post-neoliberal development paths in Latin America: Scope, strategies and the realities of implementation
(Issue Editors: Kepa Artaraz; Melania Calestani; Mei L. Trueba). For more information please contact Mei Trueba (m.trueba(at)bsms.ac.uk ) or visit the LAP website.
European Journal of Development Research
European Association of Development and Training Institutes (EADI)
Early Career Researchers initiative
This aims at helping eligible researchers in their first approaches to academic publication
Call, recently renewed, for studies/papers in Impact Evaluation.
New Open Access book
Jamie Myers. Sue Cavill, Samuel Musyoki, Katherine Pasteur and Lucy Stevens
‘A timely and valuable book for anyone wanting to better understand the complexities of CLTS in urban settings; the authors helpfully combine comprehensive descriptions, practical guidance and tools for integrating CLTS into sustainable urban sanitation services.’
Rebecca Scott, Lecturer in Public Health Engineering, WEDC, Loughborough University, UK
New book from Oxfam’s Working in Gender & Development Series
Edited By Caroline Sweetman and Deepta Chopra
‘Offering compelling new research evidence and conceptualization, Gender, Development and Care lays out a radical, transformative approach to care that we can all get behind.’
Gina Crivello, PhD, Senior Researcher, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
We are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2017 Jeroen Ensink Memorial Prize are Jovana Dodos, Blanche Mattern, Jean Lapegue, Mathias Altmann, and Myriam Ait Aissa for their paper entitled 'Relationship between water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition: what do Link NCA nutrition causal analyses say?' This article is Open Access and can be downloaded here.
Practical Action Publishing Knowledge eLibraries
Online book collections available for institutional subscription purchase or perpetual sale. Read more about the collection or request a FREE institutional trial
In support of Refugee Week, Wiley curated a research collection from over 70 high quality journals, focused on refugee experiences, their integration, impact, protection and contribution. The collection is freely available to download during the rest of 2018. Download the collection.
Routledge & DSA affiliate program
Did you spot us at the DSA conference in Manchester? The biggest collection of Development Studies titles on display that we’ve ever had!
Meanwhile, several exciting new publications for you to check out this month- click on the links to find out more:
COMMUNICATION IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: DOING GOOD OR LOOKING GOOD?
Edited by Florencia Enghel AND Jessica Noske-Turner
“An innovative, ambitious and critical reflection that moves the field forward!" — Thomas Tufte, University of Leicester, UK
“Students, scholars and practitioners seeking to change the world in a just, ethical and equitable way must read this book." — Robin Mansell, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
“The well-focused essays by development scholars and scholar-practitioners from a number of countries challenge those involved in development communication to think carefully not just about what they are doing but also about why they are doing it." —
Nancy Morris, Temple University, USA.
AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABLE INTENSIFICATION: TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY CHALLENGES IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Edited by Udaya Sekhar Nagothu
"this book highlights indispensable innovations needed to sustainably increase productivity in some of the world’s most relevant crops to nourish humanity in the coming decades." - Hans Dreyer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy.
"A superb addition to the rapidly expanding evidence base on the sustainable intensification of agriculture." - Jules Pretty, University
of Essex, UK
"Drawing on more than twenty years of research in the field of non-governmental development organisations, Tiina Kontinen has written an important book for everyone interested in the workings of NGOs. This is perhaps the first detailed account to consider not only how NGOs learn, but also why they forget. Skilfully combining insights from organisational theory and anthropology, this is a highly original and readable account of a subject that offers vital new theoretical insights while also providing essential reading for any NGO practitioner."—David Lewis, LSE, UK
"Theo Papaioannou presents important moral and political arguments for inclusive innovation and a justice-based framework to transform lives and capabilities. It is the only truly democratic approach to development and growth. I will refer to this book for many years to come."--Harsha Patel, Chief Executive, Doing Social, UK
"When an exceptional political theorist comes along to provide nuance to fundamental inquiries about innovation, inequality, and inclusion, it's time to pay attention." -- Smita Srinivas, Founder Director, The Technological Change Lab, India; winner of 2015 EAEPE Myrdal Prize.