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.
DSA2017: the call for papers is now closed.
This year's annual conference will take place in the north of England from 6-8 September 2017. Building on the enthusiasm with which last year’s event was met, we hope to gather ~400 colleagues from the Development Studies community - practitioners, consultants, academics, NGO workers, graduate students and school students - for three stimulating days in Bradford. The conference theme and 54 accepted panels are now online.View the conference part of this site.
Development and Change (IISS) Annual Lecture and Interview
The inaugural Development and Change annual lecture took place at DSA2016. Entitled After development: surplus population and the politics of entitlement it was given by Professor Tania Li, University of Toronto.
- Watch the lecture here
- You can also watch Professor Tania Li in conversation with Murat Arsel, co-chair, Development and Change
- Tania Li profile URL: munkschool.utoronto.ca/profile/li-tania/
DSA-OUP book series first title now available
The Aid Lab: Understanding Bangladesh's Unexpected Success by Naomi Hossain ISBN 9780198785507 2017
IN: Critical Frontiers Of Theory, Research, And Policy In International Development Studies
Study group news
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
Analysing natural resource governance: learning from contrasting approaches
Workshop 12 May 2017 University of Birmingham
See SG webpage for details
New book from members of the Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change study group - see SG webpage
DSA Gender Policy and Practice Study Group
The DSA Gender Policy and Practice Study Group held a meeting in April 2017. The report and some of the talks from the meeting can be viewed at the SG webpage. There will be a follow-up meeting later in 2017.
DSA Women and Development Study Group and Centre for Global Development (CGD)
'Interrogating the Nexus of Alternative Knowledges, Evidence and Impact in GAD Research and Practice'
Jasmine Gideon, Katy Jenkins and Lata Narayanaswamy
Worsley SR (8.20N), University of Leeds, 17 March 2017
Read the full report on the SG webpage
DSA Multidimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics Study group
The joint DSA-EADI Multidimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics study group is looking for a new convening team to start in September 2017. Please see the SG webpage for the details if this is of interest to you.
DSA Religion and Development Study group
Methodological challenges of researching religion in marginalized development contexts
Meeting report now on SG website
DSA Media and Development Study group
New convenor(s) required for the DSA Media and Development Study group
After 3 years as the co-chairs of the DSA Media and Development Study group, Dr Martin Scott (University of East Anglia) and Prof. Helen Yanacopulos (Open University) have decided to step down. Since 2013 they have organised six different book launches and ensured that media was well represented at the DSA annual conference each year with 2-3 dedicated panels. Anyone interested in taking over the role can find out more information here and is welcome to contact either Martin or Helen to discuss the role.
New book from the NGOs in Development SG
Negotiating Knowledge: evidence and experience in development NGOs, edited by Study Group members Rachel Hayman, Sophie King, Tiina Kontinen and Lata Narayanaswamy will shortly be published by Practical Action Publishing. The book has contributions from Kate Gooding, Kai Matturi, Erla Thrandardottir and Swetha Rao Dhananka. Read more.
DSA Urbanisation and Development SG briefing paper regarding the new Urban Agenda
Following on from a one-day workshop the Study group has produced a briefing paper on the draft of the new Urban Agenda. Read more.
Premium Member news
The Effective States and Inclusive Development research centre presented research at partner organisation BIDG in Dhaka, Bangladesh. ESID also hosted an event in Delhi at partner organisation IEG.
DPU alumni Hector Becerril (PhD) and Ana Maria de la Parra (MSc) have been awarded one of the six grants of the Climate Resilience Cities in Latin America Initiative to implement a project on climate risks, gender and governance of public polices in Mexico, and in which Barbara Lipietz (DPU -UCL) participates.
Each year, UCL awards the Chadwick Trust Travelling Fellowship to encourage post-graduate students in the study of public health. The Fellowship is awarded in honour of Sir Edwin Chadwick, one of the most influential sanitary reformers in mid-nineteenth century Britain. This year, the Chadwick Trust was awarded to Donald Brown, PhD Candidate at the DPU.
The DPU’s Emmanuel Osuteye, Rita Lambert and PhD Candidate Donald Brown, as part of the wider Urban ARK programme, conducted a 3-day capacity building workshop in February 2017 to enhance the capacity of Neighbourhood Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Committees in Karonga, Malawi to monitor and document the processes that drive risk accumulation over time and to appraise the practices deployed and resources mobilized to mitigate, reduce and prevent risk.
In February 2017, Andrea Rigon and Julian Walker worked with Braima Koroma and Sudie Sellu from the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC), to run a research capacity building workshop on ‘Gender Sensitive Informal Livelihoods Systems Analysis’, as part of the DPU’s ongoing collaboration with SLURC. The workshop was attended by thirty two participants, including residents of the four informal settlement communities that SLURC is undertaking research in, members of the Federation of Urban and Rural Poor – Sierra Leone (FEDURP-SL), staff from Freetown city government, government ministries and representative from NGOs working in informal settlements in Freetown.
How do we understand our city? With this question SLURC co-director Joseph Macarthy has inaugurated/kicked off yesterday the launch of the resource unit in Freetown. Part of year 1 priority activities of the Comic relief-funded project co-led by DPU and Njala University, the resource unit constitutes a physical and digital platform for collecting and generating knowledge around urban issues.
Professor Xiaolan Fu spoke about the impact of emerging technologies at the International Labour Organization’s Future of Work We Want Global Dialogue. You can watch the panel here.
Refuge, the new book by Refugee Studies Centre Director Alexander Betts and Paul Collier, continues to garner lots of attention in the media. This month, it was reviewed by the Economist and the Sunday Times.
Professor Christopher Woodruff wrote about his research on the barriers to women advancing into management positions in the ready-made-garment sector in Bangladesh
Natascha Zaun wrote about her new book which explores the dynamics of decision-making in EU asylum policy, investigating in particular the differing influence on policy of what she terms strong and weak regulating states.
Alpha Abebe wrote about her DPhil research into Ethiopian diasporans in North America who become involved in development initiatives for and in Ethiopia.
Emre Eren Korkmaz blogged about how the Turkish referendum outcome could affect Turkey’s policies towards refugees and migrants.
The Research and Evidence Facility on Migration and Conflict in the Horn of Africa held the first meeting of its Expert Advisory Group in Brussels on 24 April 2017. The Expert Advisory Group includes:
• Jeff Crisp, Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford and Chatham House
• Mary Harper, BBC Africa Editor
• Cindy Horst, Research Director and Professor, PRIO
• Iqbal Jhazbhay, former South African Ambassador to Eritrea
• Takyiwaa Manuh, UN Economic Commission for Africa
• Edward Paice, Director of the Africa Research Institute
• Nuur Mohamud Sheekh, Office of the UNHCR Special Representative to the Horn of Africa
The group reviewed the outputs of the project so far and upcoming plans for research. The main research activity recently has been a study of the bidirectional migration flow between the Horn of Africa and Yemen, which is ongoing, but a research brief will be available on the website shortly. The project also has its own blog.
Laura Hammond, Reader SOAS Department of Development Studies, has been invited to join DFID's Migration External Research Group, which provides independent advice on DFID's migration research strategies.
Catch up on the latest news from IDD, including welcoming Nic Cheeseman and
David Hudson to the department, new research grants and publications, in our Spring/Summer newsletter.
Institutional Member news
Is it possible to move towards the concept of a ‘Listening Organisation’, an international development NGO that is more proactively aware of who is being listened to both passively and actively, and who is being ignored?
Vicky Brehm explores how listening takes place within international development NGOs as complex, multi-lingual organisations in our latest research update on the ‘The Listening Zones of NGOs’ project. Read the research update here.
Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD), Queen Margaret University
IGHD health academic and World Health Organisation write world's first health financing guide Professor Sophie Witter from the Institute for Global Health and Development has been instrumental in producing the world's first health financing guide which helps countries provide quality health care without their population facing catastrophic consequences. Read the full story and find a link to the document here.
London International Development Centre (LIDC)
Keep abreast of news, developments and publications at LIDC by subscribing to the LIDC newsletter here.
The LIDC biennial conference is coming up, see all the details here.
The LIDC have appointed a new Director
Centre for Development Studies (CDS), University of Bath
Keep up to date with all the news, publications and blogs from CDS via their website here.
European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
The JUMP Mentoring Programme offers (young) Southern researchers the opportunity to work closely with an experienced scholar from their field of interest with the aim of preparing a paper that subject to the usual peer-review process will be accepted for publication in the EJDR. A one-day writing workshop at the EADI NORDIC Conference 2017 will kick off the programme. Mentees are paired with their mentors, introduced to the basics of writing a paper for international academic journals and have the opportunity to network. Conference fees, travel and accommodation expenses of the mentees are covered by the programme. Please see here for more information. Deadline for application 31st May 2017.
University of Bradford
Call for Papers: British Academy funded Workshop on Healthy, inclusive and sustainable cities
This is the fourth workshop in this three year research programme on Inclusive, smart and sustainable cities and this will take place in Bradford on 13-14 July 2017. Original and unpublished papers are welcome on any aspect of healthy cities, city-wide or strategic planning for health and well-being, and issues of health inequalities and why these are a challenge for sustainable cities. Selected papers can be submitted for consideration to be included in a special issue of Sustainable Cities and Society (subject to peer review). Papers and posters are particularly encouraged from early career researchers and those working as part of multi-disciplinary research groups.
Papers: Please submit an abstract of not exceeding 500 words (or full papers not exceeding 6,000 words) by 15th May 2017. Acceptance decision by 31 May 2017.
Posters: Please submit an abstract or summary of the poster not exceeding 500 words by 15th May 2017. Acceptance decision by 31 May 2017.
Please submit these to: p.b.anand(at)bradford.ac.uk
For more details on the research project and previous workshops please see the website.
‘Decolonising development: Whose Voice, Whose Agenda?’
22 – 24 May 2017
Leeds University Centre for Global Development and INTRAC have come together to organise a major global three-day online conference to encourage frank discussion on the challenges of creating the world that we want to see, the research agendas that will enable us to further our shared goals, and share lessons and good practices among colleagues.
Please register your interest and learn more about the conference objectives here.
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) CfP
11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11)
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR FIELD TRIPS, do so here.
26-29 June 2017
The 2017 conference theme is ‘Ecosystem-based adaptation’ and
will examine the benefits and challenges of incorporating natural resources and ecosystems into climate adaptation work.
Field trips taking place over three days before the conference give delegates the chance to understand the realities of community-based adaptation on the ground.
This video shows a field trip that took place at CBA10 in Dhaka in Bangladesh, which focused on 'enhancing urban community resilience', watch it here.
Book now for CBA11 via our website.
IDS, Sussex University
Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy
University of Sussex, 27 to 29 June 2017
The third International Conference of the Global Research Forum (GRF) on Sustainable Production and Consumption, hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Visit website for details.
Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)
Donor exit, retreat and transition in a changing international development landscape.
Session sponsored by the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)
29 August–1 September 2017, London.
The Second International Symposium on Development and Governance in the BRICS
Call for papers: International Development Aid in the BRICS
Date: 23-24 September 2017
Host and Venue: Fudan University, Shanghai, China
See all the details on the website.
Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD), Queen Margaret University
Places still left on the IGHD Erasmus+ MSc in Global Health - Conflict and Health focus
Do you want to study a Masters' programme but are not able to leave your job or home for a full year? Join our Erasmus+ supported MSc in Global Health with the focus for 2017: Conflict and Health.
The Erasmus+ blended masters programme is a one year full-time programme that requires you to be away from home for only 3 months. It consists of three months (September- December 2017) of core modules at QMU after which further modules and a thesis are completed through online learning at the three participating institutes in Scotland, Norway and the Netherlands.
Special focus for 2017: Conflict and Health
Semester Two of the Erasmus+ MSc in Global Health at QMU has a special focus on conflict and health. Building on the core modules of global health, the second semester provides an in-depth analysis of the current challenges and policy debates in responses to meeting the health needs of populations affected by instability and conflict. In countries affected by political and social conflict, the health and wellbeing of displaced and vulnerable populations are at high risk.
There are 8 scholarships available to partially cover travel and living costs.
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
The SOAS Department of Development Studies has just launched an MSc Scholarship with funding from the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), and matched funding from SOAS, for the study of Migration and Urbanisation in Somaliland. The scholarship funds a candidate to study for a full-time MSc in Development Studies at SOAS in the academic session 2017/18. This is part of our Migrants on the Margins project which also has funding from the ESRC/DFID and ESRC/AHRC. The project is led by the University of Sussex with SOAS and Durham as UK partners, and involves research collaboration with four international partners in Somaliland, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Deadline: 1 June 2017.
CIDT, University of Wolverhampton
CIDT TO RUN A NEW MBA (INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT)
Launched for September 2017 by The Centre for International Development and Training at the University of Wolverhampton, this postgraduate degree is the first of its kind to be offered in UK.
The MBA will engage students with core and topical issues in the fast-changing landscape of international aid and equip them with key skills to design and manage successful projects and businesses within a developing country context. The course is ideal for anyone seeking a career in inter/national development management; managing business in the developing world, or managing private sector-society relationships. Teaching to this course is highly interactive and led by subject experts from across the University with strong consultancy and real world experience.
Please see the website for additional information.
INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre)
Advanced monitoring and evaluation, 22 – 26 May, Oxford
This course builds on participants’ understanding and skills of how to develop sustainable and cost-effective monitoring and evaluation processes and practices within their own projects, programmes and organisations.
Facilitation anywhere, Online session: week 30 May 2017, face-to-face: 6 – 8 June 2017, Oxford
Think about the last good meeting, workshop or event you attended: what made it good, left you inspired, full of ideas, eager to follow up on connections? This training course will provide you with an opportunity to think about and practice designing and facilitating gatherings of people in ways that bring all of their talents into the room.
Online monitoring and evaluation, 12 – 15 September 2017, Oxford
Do you need to build effective monitoring and evaluation into project and programme work for both accountability and learning? This online course will strengthen your skills in supporting the monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes from programme design through to evaluation and impact assessment.
Theory of change for planning and impact assessment, 2 – 6 October 2017, Oxford
This course introduces the elements of Theory of Change and offers the opportunity for participants to apply and experiment with the key ideas and processes using their own case studies, as well as illustrative examples presented by the course facilitator.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
Global Health Scholarship 2017
The BSMS is delighted to announce the launch of the third BSMS Global Health Scholarship. This scholarship is for students admitted to full-time Master's degree in Global Health at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research.
The BSMS Global health scholarship is available for admission in 2017 only and will be awarded on the basis of academic and professional merit and financial need.
The scholarship provides one £5,000 award or two £2,500 awards towards tuition fees. UK, EU and International (Non UK/EU) students are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 10am on 16 June 2017 (UK time).
For more information please visit our website.
Available to: UK, Europe, International (Non-UK/EU) Studies: MSc Global Health
Award amount: £2500 (UK, EU students); £5000 (Non-UK/EU students)
Application deadline: 10am on 16 June 2017
Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development
International Summer School in Forced Migration
2-14 July 2017
Wadham College and Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford
The Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced
migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the
forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced. Now in its 28th year, the two-week intensive
course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory
method of critical learning and reflection.
Details on website.
University of East London
PG Cert in NGO and Development Management
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 at our website.
For more information please contact K.E.Wright(at)uel.ac.uk
Global development practice and discourses have changed dramatically in the past two decades. The media, in the multiple and diverse forms they have assumed in the 21st century, are seeking to communicate and interpret this multi-dimensional development in new and innovative ways. This programme will equip you intellectually to make critical contributions to contemporary media and global development debates. You will also acquire advanced media production skills that would enable you to produce and distribute global development news and information in a variety of formats.
Core modules are:
- Critical Approaches to Media, Communication and Development (core)
- Development Management in the International Context (core)
- Research Methods in the Social Sciences (core)
- Dissertation (core)
University of East Anglia
Water Security & International Development Msc. At UEA
Drawing upon the skills and experience of researchers in the Schools of International Development and Environmental Science, the 12-month Water Security and International Development MSc offers world-class education in water security policy and science in developing country contexts. As the flagship of the Water Security Research Centre, the MSc calls upon more than 30 water scientists based at UEA and specialist teaching staff at the forefront of water research, including Mark Zeitoun, Jessica Budds, Marisa Goulden, Dabo Guan and Bruce Lankford. MSc students benefit from participation in innovative lectures and interactive seminars, games and field trips, leading to a water security audit of a country, region or irrigation scheme of their choice. Highlights include visits to the Norwich Water Treatment Plant and Norfolk farms, regular guest talks by leading water professionals and development practitioners (Oxfam, WaterAid, WWF), opportunities to collaborate with the Water Security Research Centre on members’ research projects e.g. Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) and the Hydro-political study of the Yarmouk Basin and paddles to the pub (!) Over the past years, students have carried out internships at WWF-UK, Water Witness International and UN-Habitat, and this year had the opportunity to attend a workshop co-hosted by UEA and the Overseas Development Institute. Many of our alumni have gone on to work at internationally-renowned organizations, such as WaterAid and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, or pursued PhDs at major UK and US universities.
Norwich is one of the most vibrant and attractive cities in Europe, and being only a short train journey from London and Cambridge offers an affordable place to study and stay connected. UEA is ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world, and positioned second among mainstream English universities for student satisfaction during the 2015 National Student Survey (see UEA student life.) Hear it from the alumni themselves! Check out our MSc WSID alumni video and written testimonies.
Short Courses for International Development Professionals
Ecosystem Services in Sustainable Development Short Course
11-16 September 2017
Sustainable management of natural capital underpins human development and well-being. Ecosystem services provide a conceptual framing to help identify and manage synergies and trade-offs in the natural capital, natural resource management, food security and biodiversity conservation domains.
For all the details about the course, visit the website and you can apply here.
This course is designed for practitioners working in government institutions, NGOs, international agencies and private sector with an interest in identifying, appraising and managing the synergies and trade offs among mulitple users and uses of natural resources and natural capital.
Course Fee: £1,850 – includes all tuition, daily lunches and refreshments
Contact: devco.train(at)uea.ac.uk +44 1603 592340
Short Courses for Climate Change and Water Professionals
How can you shape the world?
Our research led short courses seek to provide participants with a variety of tools and analytical frameworks from a diverse set of disciplines, to extend their understanding of these key national and global issues. You will have access to our extensive learning resources and interaction with cutting-edge research, delivered in the beautiful setting of UEA's parkland campus. These courses will enhance your abilities to critically assess and address the issues in your current work as well as an holistic appreciation of the complex relations within each subject. You will leave with a further developed professional network and resource base.
Climate Change & Development
12 - 16 June, 2017
In the context of development issues in low-income countries, equip yourself with the deeper awareness and understanding needed for effective action on climate change.
Water Security for Policy Makers & Practitioners
19 - 23 June, 2017
Bringing together key strengths in water politics and climate change, to provide you with a variety of tools and analytical frameworks to aid understanding of this key national and global issue.
Introduction to Water Stewardship
26 - 30 June, 2017
You will acquire an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of water stewardship and formulate strategies which account for the complexity of supply chains.
Meetings & Seminars
Global Development Institute (GDI)
The final GDI Lecture of the academic year on “Global Arms Trade and International Law” by Dr Shavana Musa took place on 26 April
Click here to watch the full season of lectures.
GDI is bringing together The Guardian, The World Bank and Oxfam for a panel discussion on global inequalities: why now and where to start on 9 May
International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA)
‘Infrastructure economics and finance in the (very) long run’
Speaker: Hugh Goldsmith
Tuesday 17 May 2017, 18h00 for 18h30
The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT
DPP, Open University Seminar Series
The annual International Development Seminar Series at The Open University is hosted by Development Policy and Practice and supported by the IKD research centre. The seminars are free and open to all and a buffet lunch is available from 12.00, followed by the presentation and discussion 12.30 - 14.00. (Although some timings may differ).
The Personal is Professional: NGO Work in Migration and Development
Dr Sara de Jong (OU)
Engaging Research for Practice: The Changing Roles of INGOs
Jude Fransman (OU)
Bangladeshis Know How to Keep Their Heads Above Water. But Will We Listen?
Joe Hanlon (OU)School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
You can find out more and view the abstracts for upcoming talks on the IKD website.
Oxford Department of International Development (ODID)
Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2017
Professor Thomas Spijkerboer of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on
NOSTALGIA AND LEGITIMACY: UNDERSTANDING THE EXTERNALIZATION OF EUROPEAN MIGRATION POLICY
10 May 2017, 5pm, The Garden Room, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB
Details and to register here.
Oxford Development Studies Annual Lecture 2017
Professor James Fairhead of the University of Sussex on
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE ERA OF THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION
18 May 2017, 5pm,
Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ
Find out more here.
Olof Palme Lecture 2017
Professor James Ferguson of Stanford University on
PRESENCE AND SOCIAL OBLIGATION: AN ESSAY ON THE SHARE
8 June 2017, 5pm, Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF
International Migration Institute, Oxford Department of International Development
Seminar Series: The political economy of immigration
1pm on Wednesdays in Seminar Room 1, ODID, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB. Find out more here.
Martin Buttle, Ethical Trading Initiative
10 May 2017: ‘A dynamic, but skewed industry: Supply chain relations and working conditions in UK garment manufacturing’
Ivan Ureta, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
17 May 2017: ‘Migration governance and security in the Euro-Mediterranean space: A communicational and discoursive analysis’
Emre Eren Korkmaz, University of Oxford
24 May 2017: ‘How do Syrian refugee workers challenge supply chain management in the Turkish garment industry?’
Linn Axelsson, Stockholm University, IMI Visiting Fellow
31 May 2017: ‘Emerging topologies of transnational employment: “Posting” Thai workers in Sweden’s wild berry industry beyond regulatory reach’
María Gutiérrez Portilla, University of Cantabria, IMI Visiting Fellow
7 June 2017: ‘What drives migration outflows of foreign populations from Spain? Evidence from the Great Recession’
Valeria Pulignano, KU Leuven
14 June 2017: ‘Trade unions, agency (migrant) workers and the insiders/outsiders debate: Germany and Belgium compared’
Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development
5.00-6.30pm on Wednesdays in Seminar Room 3, ODID, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB. Find out more: https://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events
Thomas Spijkerboer, Professor of Migration Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
10 May 2017: Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2017 | ‘Nostalgia and legitimacy: understanding the externalization of European migration policy’
Mollie Gerver, Leeds University
17 May 2017: ‘Should humanitarian organisations help with coerced repatriation?’
Émilien Fargues, Sciences Po
24 May 2017: ‘British and French deprivation policies as an instance of renationalisation of citizenship’
Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh
Chair of Africa and International Development
The Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh is seeking a world-leading scholar to its newly created Chair of Africa and International Development. This is an opportunity to join and shape one of Europe's leading Africanist centres, located at one of the world's leading and most international universities, itself located in one of the world's most beautiful and liveable cities.
The Centre of African Studies was established in 1962, and has since grown into one of the largest and most vibrant centres in the world. The centre employs over 20 academic staff and hosts many more associates. The centre supports an active postgraduate community of around 50 doctoral students and a similar number of masters students. The centre also hosts Europe's first MasterCard Foundation Scholars program, which will support over 200 talented African scholars to study at Edinburgh over the next six years.
If you require further information please contact the Centre Director, Dr Barbara Bompani: b.bompani(at)ed.ac.uk.
See this website for further particulars, including information on how to apply.
Global Development Institute (GDI)
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Business, Political Economy, and International Development
(Associate Prof Eric Werker at Beedie School of Business)
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Start date: 1 September 2017 or before January 1 2018 (latest).
The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work as a collaborator on the Effective States and Inclusive Development research centre.
For all the details and how to apply, see the website.
For further details on the Beedie School of Business, visit this website.
An exciting opportunity for a dynamic and experienced monitoring and evaluation professional to help shape and develop INTRAC's portfolio of M&E consultancy, training and programme work for the future.
CIDT, University of Wolverhampton
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in International Development
CIDT wishes to recruit two enthusiastic, people-centred international development professionals to join our dynamic, multidisciplinary team. To be considered for this post you will have experience of international development work and be prepared to work both in UK and overseas. You will be qualified to Masters level in one of CIDT’s four thematic areas
• Teaching and Training (online and face-to-face) for continuous professional development;
• Technical assistance and advisory services including in project design, monitoring, evaluation and lesson learning;
• Facilitation of workshops, multi-stakeholder engagement and participatory processes.
with a proven track record in your field. You will have experience in winning work through bidding or entrepreneurial approaches and have strong flexible team working skills.
It will be a strong advantage if you can work to professional standards in French as well as English. It will be an advantage if you have quantitative social research skills and university level teaching experience. We are looking for someone who is willing to be based in Shropshire and able to work out of the Telford office.
Apply here by May 21st.
Business & Human Rights Research Centre
Business & Human Rights Research Centre is looking for a research assistant to support KnowTheChain’s goal of helping companies and investors to understand and address forced labour risks in their supply chains. KnowTheChain–a partnership of Humanity United, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Sustainalytics, and Verité—is a resource for businesses and investors who need to understand and address forced labour abuses within their supply chains. It benchmarks current corporate practices, develops insights, and provides practical resources that inform investor decisions and enable companies to comply with growing legal obligations while operating more transparently and responsibly.
For a full job description, please see the website.
Oxford Department of International Development (ODID)
Gil Loescher: ‘UNHCR’s origins and early history: agency, influence, and power in global refugee policy’ in Refuge
David McCoy, Simukai Chigudu, Taavi Tillmann: 'Framing the tax and health nexus: a neglected aspect of public health concern', in Health Economics, Policy and Law
Virginia Morrow, Yisak Tafere, Nardos Chuta, Ina Zharkevich: ‘“I started working because I was hungry”: The consequences of food insecurity for children's well-being in rural Ethiopia’ in Social Science & Medicine
Nandini Gooptu: ‘Religious myths retold: masters and servants in India's corporate culture', In Daromir Rudnyckyj, Filippo Osella (eds) Religion and the morality of the market, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Mathias Czaika, Hein de Haas and María Villares-Varela: ‘The global evolution of travel visa regimes: an analysis based on the DEMIG VISA database’, IMI Working Paper 134
Global Development Institute (GDI)
David Lawson, David Hulme and Lawrence Ado-Kofie have published a new edited volume: What Works for Africa’s Poorest
Professor Kunal Sen and Professor Sabyasachi Kar have launched a new book The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes
Bina Agarwal has published ‘Do Farmers Really Like Farming? Indian Farmers in Transition’ in Oxford Development Studies with Akush Agrawal
Professor Richard Heeks’s latest Development Informatics Working Paper is on ‘Examining “Digital Development”: The Shape of Things to Come?‘
Dr Rory Horner published in Geography Compass: Beyond facilitator? State roles in global value chains and global production networks
Dr Tom Lavers has published three ESID working papers on social protection
Prof Sam Hickey and Kate Pruce co-authored ESID working paper on The politics of promoting social protection in Zambia
And Dr Tomas Frederiksen’s ESID working paper looked at Corporate social responsibility and political settlements in the mining sector in Ghana, Zambia and Peru
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Matt Kandel has two new articles in press 'Land conflicts and social differentiation in eastern Uganda,' Journal of Modern African Studies, 55:3 (forthcoming, August 2017), and ‘State formation and the politics of land in north-eastern Uganda,' African Affairs (forthcoming, April 2018).
Laura Hammond and Idil Osman have short pieces in Education and Conflict Review (a new journal published by the IoE).
Matteo Rizzo’s new book Taken For A Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis will be published by OUP on the 1 June 2017.
Routledge and DSA affiliate program
Browse Routledge’s extensive collection of development studies titles here, and get your 20% DSA discount by entering code AF039 at checkout!
Publishing this month:
Anti-genocide Activists and the Responsibility to Protect
by Annette Jansen
Based on extensive field research, this book analyses the ideological convictions that motivate anti-genocide activists.
“This book is a significant contribution to the literature on humanitarianism." – Talal Asad, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, City University of New York, USA.
“Experts in the field and new students alike will benefit from this book's critical reflections and its insights have relevance well beyond the world of R2P and mass atrocities." – Alex Bellamy, Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, The University of Queensland, Australia.
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
To mark World Malaria Day, Routledge has compiled an interactive timeline of key events in the path towards finding a cure, which can be explored online here. To supplement this, you may also wish to browse a selection of our academic articles that have had a significant impact in malaria research since publication. The articles are free to access until the end of July, 2017, and can be found via the link above.
A New Manifesto for Oxford Development Studies
Call for Contributions
The Manifesto for Oxford Development Studies appeared in Oxford Development Studies (ODS), Vol. 24, No. 1, 1996 (see the link below) as the MPhil in Development Studies was being created. The MPhil programme will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in the spring of 2017, and, as part of this celebration, we would like to invite you to help us rewrite our manifesto.
We invite submissions from ODS readers and members of the University of Oxford. ODS Editorial Board will award a prize of £500 and a one-year membership to ODS for the best submission.
Guidelines: Please submit your proposed Manifest to (email address) by 1 July 2017. They should be no longer than 1500 words. By submitting a proposal, you agree that ODS may incorporate the ideas and words in our revised manifesto. ODS will acknowledge the names of everyone who makes a substantive contribution to the revised manifesto.
View the manifesto published in the journal here.
Institute for Global Health & Development (IGHD), Queen Margaret University (QMU)
We are happy to announce that the final report for a major project undertaken by Dr Alison Strang of IGHD (Institute for Global Health and Development) along with colleagues from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Refugee Council and COSLA was published on the 24th March.
The landmark New Scots refugee integration strategy, which ran from 2014-17, comes to a close this month, and has been hailed as a trailblazing approach to supporting refugees and asylum seekers to settle in Scotland. The distinct approach of New Scots aims to enable refugees to settle and rebuild their lives from the day they arrive, to become active members of our communities and realise their full potential.
You can find the report here.
Please feel free to share in your own networks with the hashtag #NewScots
Development in Practice, Issue 27.2
The latest issue of Development in Practice brings together innovative articles on a range of development issues, from addressing gender inequality, NGO-academic partnerships, lessons from development aid in Uganda and Kyrgyzstan, to food security across different contexts. The article on climate change adaptation in Vietnam is available to freely download!
Explore all issues here.
What’s it like to be on the receiving end of exit? A partner and country office view
This learning paper brings together valuable stories from individuals that have been through exit and transitions by different funders, in varying timescales and in diverse contexts.
Produced on behalf of the PPA Partnership Approaches Learning Group, the authors share their individual stories and discuss their understanding of the reason for the exit, what went well, and the challenges they faced. They also share their learning and views on how they believe INGOs and donors should plan for exit and sustainability in the future.
You can download the paper here.
Praxis Series Paper 3. Strategies for civil society sustainability
Drawing on INTRAC’s experience in a project funded by GIZ with development partners FAKT and a team of local experts and CSOs in Kyrgyzstan, our latest Praxis Series Paper by Charles Buxton provides an example of attempting social enterprise in a country beset by economic and political problems.
Download your free copy here.
Ten reasons to join an INTRAC course
As we are finalising our 2017 training calendar, talking to our facilitators, collecting feedback from participants and getting everything ready for the new financial year, INTRAC Training Manager Aline Filiot shares ten reasons to join an INTRAC course. Read the blog here.
‘In Search of Common Ground’ in Cameroon: Rigorous evaluation on a tight budget?
In our latest guest blog, David Drew Research and Evaluation Team at Village Aid, shares insights and lessons learned evaluating the five-year project ‘In Search of Common Ground’, a peace building project in Cameroon. Read the blog here.
Notification of publication of PhD thesis:
‘An ethnographic case study of the agendas, participation and influence of stakeholders at an urban government primary school in Tigray, Ethiopia’, Rafael Mitchell, 2017
This study of ‘Ketema School’ extends knowledge of school leadership practices in Ethiopia and informs wider debates around community participation, accountability and school autonomy in developing countries.
Freely available from the Leicester Research Archive.
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, DPU, UCL London
DPU Working Paper #186 - Urban metabolism in practice
By Cécile Faraud
‘Sustainability’ is dead. Now it’s time for something completely different
By James Southwood
Between reception and exception. Engaging with refugees dwelling practices and the politics of care in the Italian urban context
By Camillo Boano and Giovanna Astolfo
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
HEFCE has extended its deadline for receipt of applications to become REF2021 Chair of Main Panel C (social science)
Deadline now: Noon 24 May
See details here.
Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
ESRC is now inviting applications from suitably experienced academic persons to act as members of the Grant Assessment Panels (GAP). Panel membership is drawn from all areas of the social sciences, representing a broad range of expertise, skills and approaches. However, following the retirement of some current members we are currently looking for applications in the following disciplinary areas:
· Human Geography · Psychology
· Sociology / Social Policy · Education
· Linguistics · Socio-Legal Studies
Further details about the role of GAP members and the specific vacancies can be found on our website. Here you will also find a link to the online application.
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.