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.
Registration remains OPEN but the Early bird registration has passed. All delegates attending need to register via the website whatever your role in the conference.
The panel and daily timetables are online - please take a look here to find out when your panel will take place.
There are many other events taking place during the conference, check them all out here.
The 2019 conference will take place at The Open University in Milton Keynes on the theme of 'Opening up Development'. Keep an eye on the conference website for all further announcements.
Please read or download the draft DSA Business plan (subject to discussion of membership and ratification at AGM) and email s.c.white(at)bath.ac.uk by 1 June if you would like to make any comments or suggestions towards the business plan.
Many congratulations to two DSA members elected Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences: Joe Devine of Bath and Wendy Olsen of Manchester.
How do researchers work across disciplines on global challenges such as health? Videos, blogs and full reports are now available to watch and read from the DSA/ESRC workshop on Zoonoses and One Health at the Institute of Development Studies and the workshop on Research Ethics in Contexts of post-Conflict and Displacement at the University of Reading. The ‘Meeting the Challenges’ series continues, with the last workshop to be held at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies on Collaborations in International Research in late April.
Applications are invited to host the annual DSA conference in June 2020 or June 2022. The DSA conference is the key annual event for international development in the UK. Our practice is to hold a 2-3 day conference each June, attracting c. 300-500 delegates. Recognising the conference's value in signalling an area of scholarship, applications are invited both from established centres and from universities which have more recently entered the international development field. For all the details on how to apply visit here.
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
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.
One day workshop
May 23rd 2019 in Oxford
Women's care work
See all the information on the SG webpage - more details to follow soon
The new South Asia and Development study group aims to connect researchers from and working in South Asia in various development fields. Visit the new SG webpage here.
Update on the availability of materials from the June 2018 Mini-Conference held in the University of Glasgow
It has taken a long time to get the materials from the mini-conference together and on to the University of Glasgow website. Not least of the problems was to obtain signed consent forms from all of those contributors who had presentations (due to the new EU legislation relating to the General Data Protection Regulation).
These materials are now complete, and include – in particular – audio recordings and slide presentations from the Panel on The Future of Aid. The weblink is here.
A new book, Tracing the Consequences of Child Poverty: Evidence from the Young Lives study in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam, brings together over 15 years of research to explore how poverty affects children’s development in low and middle-income countries and how policy has been used to improve their lives.
The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at ODID has launched sOPHIa Oxford, Oxford University’s first social enterprise spinout, to help businesses track and tackle poverty among their employees and their families, their contractors and in their supply chains by using a ‘business Multidimensional Poverty Index’ developed using OPHI’s methodology.
Our DPhil Sa’eed Husaini is a co-author of the new Oxford Dictionary of African Politics, which brings together authoritative information on key people, institutions, events and terminology in the politics of the continent, including a range of fascinating and useful vernacular terms that were crowd sourced via social media.
A new book by Ruben Andersson – No Go world: How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics, published by University of California Press – contends that, using drones, proxy forces, border reinforcement, and outsourced aid, risk-obsessed western powers are helping to remap the world into zones of insecurity and danger.
Forced Migration Review 60: Education: Needs, Rights and Access in Displacement has just been published. In the issue, authors from around the world debate how better to enable access to quality education both in emergency settings and in resettlement and asylum contexts.
The Refugee Studies Centre has published a new research brief by Professor Alexander Betts reporting on a recent mission to Colombia to explore the impact of migration from Venezuela, in which he suggests the crisis represents an opportunity to support the regional development of historically neglected border zones.
The Oxford Development Studies 2018 Annual Lecture, The Human Development Approach: An Overview, has now been published in the journal. Read it here.
Departmental Lecturer Geoff Goodwin is conducting research on interdisciplinary teaching and learning in international development, extending research he undertook at the London School of Economics. He would be delighted to hear from past and present international development students who would like to participate in this research at geoff.goodwin(at)qeh.ox.ac.uk; you can read a blog post outlining some of the initial findings of this research here.
Tanja Bastia and Oliver Bakewell were in Accra, Ghana 11th-15th February to participate at the inception workshop of the newly-funded UKRI GCRF South-South migration, inequality and development Hub.
Tanja Bastia has taken up a Leverhulme Fellowship as of 1st February for 16 months to research ageing and migration in Bolivia,
How have Social Assistance programmes changed over the last 20 years and how will they develop over the next 10 years? We interview Prof Armando Barrientos
The “global Britain” report: rule-breaking in foreign aid will not strengthen UK soft power writes researchers from GDI and the German Development Institute.
Bangladesh is booming, but authoritarianism could burst its bubble according to Antonio Savoia.
How Africa can catch up with the world in the fight against poverty
Slum dwells may have lived in their communities for 40 years - so they shouldn't be treated as transient places argues Prof Diana Mitlin in this BBC_Future article.
The US is increasingly trying to contain China’s growing influence in Africa. Seth Schindler explains how in Discover Society.
Feyzi Ismail (SOAS) and Kalpana Wilson (Birkbeck) have been awarded funding of £9,945 from the quality-related Global Challenges Research Fund at Birkbeck for their project 'Precarity, Migration and Agency: Women Construction Workers in Nepal'. This extends their LIDC seed fund award for the same project, which is about the gendered working conditions experienced by women construction workers in Nepal and existing and potential strategies for transforming these conditions. It focuses in particular on the impact of the government's post-earthquake Mason Training Schemes aimed at women, trade union interventions around wages and conditions - including sexual harassment and violence - and women workers’ informal collective strategies in negotiating with contractors and employers.
Professor Naila Kabeer gives her first public lecture in Canberra
In her very first public lecture in Canberra, world-renowned feminist development economist Professor Naila Kabeer will discuss policies and programs seeking to promote women’s empowerment. This lecture will bring together key findings from evaluations of policies and programs that seek to promote women's empowerment and livelihood capabilities in rural development in the Global South, with specific attention to their role in agriculture.
The event, which is sold out, is hosted by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the University of Canberra.
The ID at LSE blog celebrates International Women’s Day
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, the ID at LSE blog published three blogs posts around the issues of women empowerment. The first article: International Women’s Day blog: The grit behind the glitch, was contributed by current student Krista Kartson, who introduced us to Seyi Akiwowo, Newham’s youngest Councillor and the founder of Glitch, a non-profit start-up aimed at ending cyber bullying. The second article: Access to quality and equitable education can transform women’s lives, was a contribution from alum, Asmat Kakar, who shared with us case studies from two young women from rural Balochistan who managed to transform their lives through accessing education, despite the odds being against them. And the third article: UNSCR 1325: Time to move from letter to spirit, was a contribution from alumni: Anushna Jha, Valerie Gebhard and Youmna Cham, who outline the main achievements and shortcomings of the Women, Peace and Security Resolution 1325.
Citing Africa podcast launches
The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa has launched its new podcast series, Citing Africa, which investigates the decline of Africa-based contributions in top international academic journals; provides practical guidance to young scholars seeking to publish their own work and takes a critical look at the wider context of knowledge production about the African continent.
Students share their takeaways from the ID guest lecture series
International Development students at LSE were invited to write about the weekly Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice visiting lecture series hosted by the Department of International Development at LSE. The weekly talks introduced postgraduate students to pressing issues in the field and engaged them in discourses that affect decision making in the professional world. Speakers included: Ha Joon Chang, Kate Raworth, Rory Stewart, Yuen Yuen Ang, Stefan Dercon, Owen Barder, Saleemul Huq, Melissa Parker, Kevin Watkins, James Walters, Laura Kelly, Rafeef Ziadah.
Book launch: Financialising Poverty: labour and risk in Indian microfinance
On Thursday 21 February, we celebrated the launch of Dr Sohini Kar’s new book, Financialising Poverty: labour and risk in Indian microfinance, from Stanford University Press. The event featured a talk by the author, with comments from Dr Deborah James from LSE's Department of Anthropology and Dr Kate Meagher from LSE’s Department of International Development, and was chaired by Professor Kenneth Shadlen, HOD for the Department of International Development.
"The book also talks about de-risking. De-risking is about shifting as much risk onto the borrowers to protect the lenders." - Dr Kate Meagher
Multi and Interdisciplinarity in International Development: Student experiences and perspectives
Ex-LSE Fellow, Dr Geoff Goodwin, conducted research on multi and interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the Department of International Development at LSE last year. The project was part of the second level of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education which he completed in November, and involved surveys, a focus group and small set of interviews. Dr Goodwin wrote a post for the departmental blog which summarises some of the findings. This is the first of a series of pieces he will write on the topic as he continues to conduct research and collaborate with students and academics at LSE and Oxford.
Dr Laura Mann on Rwanda’s booming economy under an authoritarian regime
Dr Laura Mann co-wrote an article for The Conservation which summaries their recent publication: Understanding the Political Motivations That Shape Rwanda's Emergent Developmental State. The authors discuss Rwanda’s economic growth since the country’s horrific genocide twenty years ago, and further argue that this progress has happened whilst the government has been criticised for authoritarian tactics and the use of violence.
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Congratulations to the DPU's Prof. Haim Yacobi, Programme Leader of the MSc Health in Urban Development, for receiving the Horizon 2020 grant as part of a consortium dealing with urban exposome.
The DPU will provide a number of conference grants for students from low and middle income countries in order to assist their participation in the conference. Details on the selection criteria and submission of applications is available in the Silk Cities website.
The deadline for applications is 15th April.
Congratulations to DPU's Rita Lambert who has successfully defended her PhD thesis titled 'Cartographic Calculation and Coordination in the Urbanisation of the Peripheral Slopes of Lima'
The BUDDcamp is an integral pedagogical component of the MSc BUDD practice module where students and staff engage in learning in action experimenting urban research methods
Congratulations to DPU's Ignacia Ossul who has successfully defended her PhD thesis titled 'The Politics of Home-Making: The case of informal settlements in Viña del Mar'
Could better accountability put a stop to India and Pakistan’s war-mongering?
Shandana Khan Mohmand
International Women’s Day: A Double-Edged Sword
Reflections on South-South co-operation on trade and investment ahead of BAPA40
Amrita Saha and Peter O’Flynn
What have we learned about gender and tax in Africa?
Distance education in Ghana could ‘leapfrog’ ahead
ECYS’ Eric Addae-Kyeremeh outlines how a research partnership with the University of Cape Coast could advance distance education for teachers in Ghana. Read more ...
Innogen looks back at impact and forward to post-Brexit strategy
The Innogen Institute marks 16 years. Read more …
Project to improve cancer care in Africa kicks off in Kenya
The GCRF-funded Innovation for Cancer Care in Africa project, led by Maureen Mackintosh, holds an inception workshop in Kenya, focusing on the importance of linking industrial and social innovation for cancer care. Read more…
Home office ‘hostile’ visa policy needs to change, OU academic tells MPs
Sandip Hazareesingh speaks up for ‘voices from the south’ at the Mobilising Global Voices: Perspectives from the Global South 2019 conference at the House of Commons. Read more…
Did austerity lead to Brexit?
A compelling video presentation from Emeritus Professor Norman Clarke. Watch...
How marketplaces can promote more inclusive societies
Professor of Sociology Sophie Watson leads this €1,000,000 research project. Read more…
If you were to invent an ‘Open University’ now, what would it look like?
Martin Weller draws on 24 years of research into open education to answer this question in his inaugural lecture. Find out more and watch the lecture…
‘Online training course for activists’ to run again
Make Change Happen, the OU/Oxfam MOOC described by Oxfam as a online course for activists, starts again on Futurelearn on 4 March. Read more...
Baffled by the ‘backstop’? Not a clue about ‘Norway plus’? Ask the OU
Citizenship and Governance academics have produced a concise Brexit lexicon explaining EU and Brexit related terminology in plain English. Read more...
NRI is very pleased to welcome Professor Vegard Iversen as the new Head of its Livelihoods and Institutions Department. An applied micro development economist with a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Vegard’s research includes ongoing collaborations focusing on: the colonial origins of agricultural development in India, women’s political representation and its impact on governance, the impacts of large dams on agricultural productivity, vulnerability and poverty, and social mobility in the Global South. Vegard returns to UK academia after twelve years in India, where he has worked both at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. Vegard succeeds John Morton as Head of the Department – John remains at NRI focussing on research. For more details see here.
NRI is also pleased to announce the following professorial appointments: Adrienne Martin as Professor of Development Studies, Valerie Nelson as Professor of Sustainable Development, Julian Quan as Professor of Land and Development Practice, and Ravinder Kumar as Associate Professor of Monitoring and Impact. For more details see here.
Valerie Nelson is working with the Topic Group on Value Chains and Trade of the International Sustainable Development Research Society. As a result of this work she has authored or co-authored three of the five policy briefs prepared for the ISDRS’s side-event on “Biodiversity Science Policy Challenges: Multifaceted Stakeholder Approaches” at the 14th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. See here.
Lora Forsythe is leading a major work package on “Understanding the drivers of trait preferences and the development of multi-user product profiles”, which includes a substantial component of research on gender and food preferences, for a project entitled “Breeding Root, Tuber and Banana Products for End User Preferences2, led by CIRAD and funded by a consortium led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. See here for more about the project and here for NRI’s involvement.
Apurba Shee participated in two major agricultural economics conferences last summer: the International Conference of Agricultural Economists in Vancouver where he presented “Design and Rating of Risk-Contingent Credit for Balancing Business and Financial Risks for Kenyan Farmers”; and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association annual meeting in Washington, where he presented on “Heterogeneous Impacts of Credit Rationing on Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from Kenya”.
London International Development Centre (LIDC)
London International Development Centre and London School of
Hygiene & Tropical Medicine launch international research hub to tackle child stunting
Up to one million children could benefit from a new £19.76m research hub led by the London International Development Centre (LIDC) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) that aims to further our understanding of the causes of stunting. The UKRI GCRF ‘Action against Stunting Hub’ will aim to reduce child stunting by up to 10% across communities in India, Indonesia and Senegal. It is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which is a key component in delivering the UK AID strategy and puts UK-led research at the heart of efforts to tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Read more here.
The UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub
Coventry University has recently been awarded £20m by the UKRI’s Global Challenges Research Fund to establish a Global Research Hub which will deepen academic and policy understandings of the relationships between South-South migration, inequality and delivery of the SDGs. Migration between the countries of the Global South accounts for nearly half of all international migration, nearly 70% in some places. The potential of South-South migration to contribute to development and delivery of the SDGs is widely acknowledged but remains unrealised, largely due to existing inequalities at the global, national and local levels. These multidimensional inequalities are associated with a lack of rights for migrants and their families; difficult, expensive and sometimes dangerous journeys; and limited opportunities to access services and protection, which can, in turn, exacerbate inequalities. Led by Professor Heaven Crawley at the University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), the Hub brings together 20 research institutions from around the world as well as numerous local partners in the countries on which the Hub will focus its work: Burkina Faso, Brazil, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Jordan, Malaysia, Nepal and South Africa. More information here.
United Nations University UNU-WIDER
WIDER Seminar Series | Michael Woolcock and Lant Pritchett on building state capability: evidence, analysis, action | 13 March, Helsinki, Finland
WIDER Seminar Series | Margaret McMillan on structural change and labor productivity in sub-Saharan Africa | 20 March, Helsinki, Finland
WIDER Seminar Series | James Robinson on business and fragility in Africa | 22 March, Helsinki, Finland
WIDER Seminar Series | Sandra Halvorsen on factory employment and fertility decisions | 27 March
EADI student membership is now free to all students
See here for all the details and how to become an EADI member.
University of Lincoln
3rd Development Economics Conference (DEC 2019)
Social Institutions and the Economic Performance of Nations: A 21st Century Perspective
17-19 June 2019
Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK: Conference Website.
Keynote: Professor Kaushik Basu, C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics from Cornell University. For further distinguished invited speakers see website.
Deadline for paper submission: April 15, 2019. Plan for special issue in the Journal of Institutional Economics (ABS – 3*) and Economic Modelling (ABS – 2*).
Global Development Institute (GDI)
Scaling up Participation: How can participation be scaled up to make an impact that has relevance at the scale required? More information
The Effective States and Inclusive Development flagship Conference: More information.
David Lawson is convening a conference: Engendering Access to Justice for Development in Sub Saharan Africa. Taking place in in Cape Town, 28-29 October 2019. Closing date for abstracts is 30 April.
University College Cork
University College Cork Masters (MSc) of Food Security Policy & Management is now recruiting students from diverse backgrounds to join the International Development Unit of UCC's Department of Food Business and Development. This programme is aimed at students who want to address one of the greatest challenges facing our global community, ending food insecurity & malnutrition. It is one of the few courses worldwide specifically focused on the design and implementation of food and nutrition security policies and programmes.
Closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June 2019
Please contact Dr. Nick Chisholm Senior Lecturer n.chisholm(at)ucc.ie for any additional queries.
SOAS Summer Schools
Extreme Futures: Capitalism, Crisis and Climate Change
1 July - 19 July 2019
This course provides a critical introduction to understanding the politics of climate change. A theoretical consideration of the history, politics and economics of climate change is the foundation of the course, followed by an interrogation of the diplomacy of climate change negotiations, feminist approaches to the environment and ecosocialism. Finally, the course examines questions to do with technology and the climate, racism and climate denial, and the potential of movements to force governmental action on climate change. Students analyse relevant films that examine case studies from the Global South and conduct field research by participating in a climate protest or demonstration.
The Politics of Protest, Development and Social Change Summer School
1 July - 19 July 2019
This course provides a critical introduction to the history, nature and impact of social protest and social movements, the politics of neoliberal development and rise of NGOs into a global industry. It analyses how social movements and NGOs have interacted and influenced each other, and how they have globalised. It questions the notion of development as economic growth, assesses the critiques against NGOs as alternatives to state-led development models, considers the concept and the use of humanitarian intervention in diverse contexts, discusses the role of labour and labour organising alongside social movements and explores the extent to which movements are posing a challenge to neoliberal and capitalist development. Finally, it examines both the theoretical basis for social movement and NGO strategies for social change, and draws on a number of case studies, exploring what kind of development and social change is possible.
Development and Conflict Summer School
22 July - 9 August 2019
This course examines the linkages between conflict and development, between inequality and violence, and between the structures and interests that contribute to the continuation of violence within and between countries. It is primarily informed by a political economy approach to analysing conflict, and highlights the way in which the economic and political interests of conflict parties and their international backers may conspire to form ‘war systems.’ Additionally, the course explores how legacies of conflict impact development through a focus on gender, trauma, and memory, drawing on case studies from on-going and recent conflicts throughout the world. Students engage critically with literature defining academic and policy debates about the causes and consequences of conflicts, and the role of development assistance, humanitarian intervention and post-conflict reconstruction in building peace as well as in exacerbating and perpetuating conflict.
Populism and the Crisis of Democracy Summer School
22 July - 9 August 2019
From Trump to Modi, right-wing populism seems to be advancing relentlessly around the world. Meanwhile, already-existing authoritarian leaders are tightening their grip. Protest movements have emerged in Brazil, France, India and elsewhere, from left and right, united by their loss of faith in conventional (‘neoliberal’) democracy. Have the things we have been taught to take for granted failed? Will all societies eventually become liberal democracies, are wars, domestic strife and authoritarian governments really things of the past, will capitalism endure indefinitely and is globalisation unstoppable? Why are so many societies buckling under pressure? What role do inequality, exploitation and environmental devastation play in this malaise? Why does immigration feature so prominently in populist campaigns? Why are so many young people cynical about democracy? What role does social media play in these social conflicts? Could conventional wars become a regular feature in the international system? And – if democracies falter, what will replace them? This course will address these questions of today’s world.
University of Derby
Joint Honours Degree in Global Development
The Joint Honours Degree in Global Development at the University of Derby adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to understand the contemporary challenges associated with development studies. It emphasizes a critical understanding of development issues from a local to global scale. The degree equips you with an appropriate set of specialist, intellectual and personal transferable skills of lifelong value that are required by graduate employers. Fieldtrips are key to the course. The focus placed on practical experience and vocational placements provides you with opportunities to gain valuable real world experience. For more information about our course, please visit here.
Dept of International Development, London School of Economics
Managing Inclusive Development in Emerging Societies
5 day intensive programme running from 3 - 7 June 2019
An exploration of the policy challenges and solutions facing developing countries aiming to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth.
The course provides an interdisciplinary and critical approach to the theories and practices being used to address problems of governance, economic growth, equity and stability, and social inclusion in the Global South. You’ll also benefit from studying alongside practitioners from around the globe, enhancing your professional network. London is hub for international development and LSE is a world leader in this subject.
The course will be taught by Professor Jean-Paul Faguet, Professor of the Political Economy of Development and Dr Mahvish Shami, Assistant Professor of International Development.
2019 senior-level course on conflict and humanitarian response
5 day intensive programme running from 7-13 July 2019, LSE and ODI Campus
The annual intensive course for humanitarian professionals taught by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
The 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. The course is designed to foster peer-to-peer learning, and will feature lectures by distinguished academics and practitioners, with an opportunity for small group discussions and exercises.
School of International Development, University of East Anglia
Impact Evaluation for Evidence - Based Policy in Development
13 May - 24 May 2019
FINAL CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! APPLY NOW!
Climate Change and International Development
3 June - 7 June 2019
Climate change has profound implications for developing countries. The purpose of this short course is to equip non-specialists with a broad understanding of what climate change may mean for low-income populations. It will examine the scope and prospects for adapting to change and contributing to emissions reduction and NDC implementation in the context of development issues and poverty reduction. The course is designed to equip participants with a deeper awareness of the ideas, opportunities and trade-offs represented by adaptation and mitigation; an awareness that is increasingly needed if effective action on climate change is to be achieved. It does not set out to provide a practical ‘toolkit’ guide for policy and practice but participants leave the course having been exposed to state-of-the-art knowledge to help develop their skills in this field. APPLY NOW!
Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners
24 June - 28 June 2019
Bringing together key strengths in water politics, climate change, agricultural water management and water allocation, this course will provide participants with an exceptional chance to acquire an understanding of this key global issue and to explore different interpretations of water security in an international and developing economy context. Using a successful format developed during 2018, the course will see the use of water security 'games' during the week and as informal coursework. Bruce Lankford believes games are an excellent device to overcome echo-chambers within water security. By helping to surface different kinds of beliefs, games achieve two outcomes; first that we are open towards normative ideas (we should be water secure, we should build dams, we should revise water law, we should be more efficient) whilst, second, we are more critical with our thinking (solutions may not work, or will need tailoring, or will be counter-productive). Two examples of critical thinking: a) it asks if enforcing 'status-quo water law' may be subterfuge to lock in current injustices; b) it wonders if pursuing a formal engineering approach to efficient irrigation is expensive and alienates farmers who wish to improve current practices. By actively allowing someone to win or lose, or everyone to win or lose, or by turning a gain into a loss, or by layering twists and turns, our intermediary games reveal what we want and what we may have missed. APPLY NOW!
DPP, The Open University
New free course: Understanding Antibiotic Resistance
This is a new course coming soon from The Open University’s OpenLearn team and will introduce participants to the science behind the problem of antibiotic resistance. Read more…
In partnership with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings. We offer a wide range of postgraduate degrees and professional development courses on critical development issues.
• MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
• MA Development Studies
• MA Food and Development
• MA Globalisation, Business and Development
• MA Governance, Development and Public Policy
• MA Power, Participation and Social Change
• MA Poverty and Development
IDS Training Courses
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning
2 to 6 September 2019
Engaging Evidence and Policy for Social Change
24 to 26 July 2019
Transforming Nutrition: Ideas, Policies and Outcomes
15 to 19 July 2019
Digital and Technology for International Development
8 to 12 July 2019
Social Protection: Policies, Programmes and Evidence
1 to 4 July 2019
Applying Circular Economy Approaches for a Sustainable Future
3 to 6 June 2019
More information on the IDS website.
Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Global Health Msc/PGDip/PGCert
The Global Health MSc course brings together experts from the health sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, development studies, anthropology, economics and political sciences among others in order to deliver a stimulating and vibrant programme. We combine traditional didactic teaching with dynamic and interactive methods, using case studies alongside evidence and insights from the various disciplines to facilitate students’ critical understanding of current global health issues, their complex determinants and their potential solutions.
For more information please visit the website.
Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC), University of York
The Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC) at the University of York has launched a new two new study programmes in Global Development:
PhD in Global Development - recruiting now to start September 2019
BA in Global Development (with or without a year in industry) - recruiting Autumn 2019 to start September 2021.
DPP, The Open University
IKD lunchtime seminar: Agroecological practices as territorial development: an analytical schema from Brazilian case studies (part of the International Development Seminar Series)
15 May, 12:00-14:00, Library seminar room 7, The Open University, Walton Hall campus
Speaker: Dr Les Levidow, Senior Research Fellow, Development Policy and Practice. Read more and register…
DSA2019: Opening Up Development
19-21 June, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Early bird registration for the Development Studies Association annual conference 2019 is open until April 11. Read more....
31st Annual EAEPE Conference
12-15 September, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
Keynote speech by Smita Srinivas, Visiting Professor in The School of Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography. Read more…
Global Development Institute (GDI)
Forthcoming open lecture series from the Centre for Development Informatics includes social media use By Dutch development NGOs and technology in ecotourism. Find out more.
The FutureDAMS project has released its series of open lectures featuring Dale Whittington and others, looking at experiences in Africa and Asia.
Bina Agarwal and Genevieve Le Baron are some of the speakers lined up for the GDI Lecture series, and all are welcome.
United Nations University UNU-WIDER
WIDER Seminar Series | Maureen Were | 10 April, Kampala, Uganda
Launch of UGAMOD - A tax-benefit microsimulation model for Uganda | 10 April,
WIDER Seminar Series | Saidou Abdoulaye Sy on measuring energy poverty in Senegal | 17 April, Helsinki, Finland
WIDER Development Conference | Transforming economies – for better jobs | 11-13 September, Bangkok, Thailand.
Development & Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
THE CAMP: Conversations around the making and un-making of bodies, space and time
Roundtable 3: Hosting time: the before and after the camp
April 24th, 5pm. Senate House, Room 403 (Malet Street, WC1E 7HU).
Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID)
Research Ethics Workshop
Registration now open our 2-day Research Ethics Workshop exploring and developing best practice for research ethics when working in the Global South. May 20th-21st. See more info here.
University of Dundee
Decolonising Universities: Symposium
16 May 2019, 2.00 – 4.30pm
Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 4,
University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 5EN.
Hosted by Peripheries Research Theme, School of Education & Social Work.
Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD)
HAD is currently recruiting an R&D Officer, with experience in research, project/event management and bid/proposal-writing.
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Qualitative Research Assistants
Deadline: 5 April
Gender & Adolescence: Global Evidence Programme (GAGE)
The GAGE programme, a longitudinal 9 year research study funded by DFID and led by ODI are currently recruiting for qualitative research assistants on the programme. Please see all the information here.
School of International Development, University of East Anglia
Lecturer in Development Practice (Ref: ATS872)
See UEA's current vacancies pages. The closing date is 12 midnight on 2 May 2019.
Women & Leadership International
Women & Leadership International is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the UK’s teaching and research sector.
The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £1,000 to enable participation in a leadership development program.
The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing a powerful and effective development opportunity for teaching and research sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of May.
Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to Friday, 3rd May.
DPP, Open University
PhD opportunity: Responses to migrants, refugees and displaced persons
This PhD is being offered by The Open University Law School. Deadline for applications is 11 April. More information…
GCRF: Early Child Education 2019
ESRC, on behalf of UK Research and Innovation, is inviting applications focused on Early Childhood Education in low and middle income country contexts. Closing date 1 May. More information…
GCRF Development-based approaches to protracted displacement
ESRC, on behalf of UKRI, is inviting proposals for interdisciplinary and innovative research approaches to assistance and protection of refugees and displaced populations that go beyond short term humanitarian responses, that provide measure for their effective support in the receiving societies, and that engage with organisations involved in policy formulation and implementation. Closing date 8 May. More information...
Development & Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
University of Bristol - Questionnaire
For our research on international research partnerships and collaboration, we are gathering the perspectives of Southern- and Northern-based actors. We would greatly appreciate your views on this topic by completing this brief questionnaire. This study has received ethical approval from the University of Bristol. Any information provided here will be treated confidentially within the research team and anonymised in reporting.
For further details, please contact Tigist Grieve (tigist.grieve(at)bristol.ac.uk) or Rafael Mitchell (rafael.mitchell(at)bristol.ac.uk)
Global Development Institute (GDI)
New working papers on:
2019-036 - The roles of the state in global value chains: an update and emerging agenda (Rory Horner, Matthew Alford)
2019-035 - Mapping the UK’s development NGOs: income, geography and contributions to international development (Nicola Banks, Dan Brockington)
Cities in the global South face a range of very real challenges that can also offer learning opportunities to cities in the US dealing with the urban crisis experienced by millions of the US poor. An engaging paper by Seth Schindler and Jon Silver.
New open access paper by Matthew Tyce looks at the success of Kenya’s garment export sector relative to other African countries.
Many people think of the Maldives as a holiday destination. But people live there and must coexist with tourists and their impact. Prof Uma Kothari shines a light on the everyday lives of the islanders, in this new open access paper.
New open access special issue in Water Alternatives looks at farmer-led irrigation and features findings from the SAFI_Research project.
Tom Gillespie writes on Speculative infrastructural development and the displacement of reproductive infrastructures.
Oxford Department of International Development (ODID)
Allard Duursma and John Gledhill (2019) ‘Voted out: Regime type, elections and contributions to United Nations peacekeeping operations’, European Journal of International Relations
Matthew J Gibney (2019) 'Denationalisation and discrimination', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Ann Njoki Kingiri and Xiaolan Fu (2010) ‘Understanding the diffusion and adoption of digital finance innovation in emerging economies: M-Pesa money mobile transfer service in Kenya’, Innovation and Development
Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
Student Policy Brief
Social Production of Habitat as a tool for advocacy in an African context?
By Blanca Larrain
DPU Working Paper - No. 198
Governance and the effectiveness of housing policies in Lima
By Guido Andres Borasino Sambrailo
UCL Report on social housing
By Camillo Boano and Giovanna Astolfo
A Half Full Beirut
By Samia Khan
Crafts as a way into politics: Chilean arpilleras
By Ignacia Ossul Vermehren
In the media and articles
We need to act now on urban health
Professor Haim Yacobi says urban health needs to be a central part of every aspect of planning.
Re-politicising gender planning
Since the 1980s, the Gender Policy and Planning Programme at The Bartlett has been on a mission to further the research and theory for achieving gender parity.
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Radice, Henry (2019) Saving ourselves? on rescue and humanitarian action. Review of International Studies. ISSN 0260-2105
Jackson, Ashley and Weigand, Florian (2019) The Taliban’s war for legitimacy in Afghanistan. Current History, 118 (807). pp. 143-148. ISSN 0011-3530
Leone, Tiziana (2019) Women’s mid-life health in low and middle income countries: a comparative analysis of the timing and speed of health deterioration in six countries. SSM - Population Health, 7. ISSN 2352-8273 Item availability may be restricted.
Roelofs, Portia (2019) Beyond programmatic versus patrimonial politics: contested conceptions of legitimate distribution in Nigeria. Journal of Modern African Studies. ISSN 0022-278X (In Press)
Coast, E., Jones, N., Francoise, U.M., Yadete, W., Isimbi, R., Gezahegne, K. and Lunin, L. (2019) Adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Ethiopia and Rwanda: a qualitative exploration of the role of social norms. SAGE Open, 9 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 2158-2440
Boone, Catherine (2019) Legal empowerment of the poor through property rights reform: tensions and tradeoffs of land registration and titling in sub-Saharan Africa. The Journal of Development Studies, 55 (3). pp. 384-400. ISSN 0022-0388
Fairfield, Tasha and Charman, Andrew (2019) A Dialogue with the Data: The Bayesian foundations of iterative research in qualitative social science. Perspectives on Politics, 17 (1). pp. 154-167. ISSN 1537-5927
Meagher, Kate (2019) Working in chains: African informal workers and global value chains. Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy. ISSN 2277-9760 (In Press)
Don’t forget to check out recent articles from LSE staff, students, alumni and friends of the department on the ID blog.
Conflict Research Programme – LSE
The Perils of Payroll Peace
by Alex de Waal, March 2019
Constructed Anarchy: Governance, Conflict, and Precarious Property Rights in Bukavu/DRC
by Kasper Hoffman, Mariève Pouliot, and Godefroid Muzalia, March 2019
Coming to the verge of destruction: Survival, change and engagement in the Yazidi community
by Zeynep Kaya
Security Arrangements in South Sudan’s Peace Deal: Do No Harm
by Alex de Waal
School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS
Yeros, P., Schincariol, V. and Lima, T. 'Brazil’s Re-encounter with Africa: The Externalization of Domestic Contradictions'. In: Moyo, S., Jha, P. and Yeros, P. (eds.). Reclaiming Africa. Scramble and Resistance in the 21st Century. Springer. 2019.
IDS, University of Sussex
How Social Protection Programmes Can Improve Early Childhood Development
IDS Policy Briefing 167
Women’s Political Participation in Pakistan’s Big Cities: Evidence for Reform
IDS Policy Briefing 166
Ali Cheema, Asad Liaqat, Anam Kuraishi, Sarah Khan and Shandana Khan Mohmand
Beyond the Religious/Secular Binary Trap: Keeping the Focus on Gender Equality
IDS Policy Briefing 165
Mariz Tadros and Ayesha Khan
Toilets Not Taxes: Gender Inequity in Dar es Salaam’s City Markets
ICTD Research in Brief 31
Marius Siebert and Anna Mbise
How Local Authorities Can Exploit the Potential for Effective Property Taxes: A Case Study of Harare
ICTD Research in Brief 32
Teach to Comply? Evidence from a Taxpayer Education Programme in Rwanda
ICTD Research in Brief 33
Fabrizio Santoro, Giulia Mascagni and Dennis Mukama
United Nations University UNU-WIDER
Journal article | World Development | What does it mean to be poor?
Journal article | Journal of International Development | The Effects of the Value-Added Tax on Revenue and Inequality
IDD, University of Birmingham
Cheeseman, N. (2019) Dictionary of African Politics, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Professor Cheeseman was interviewed on the BBC World Service on the dictionary.
Cheeseman, N., K. Kanyinga, G. Lynch, M. Ruteere and J. Willis (2019) Kenya’s 2017 elections: winner-takes-all politics as usual?, Journal of Eastern African Studies.
Dasandi, N., E. Laws, H. Marquette and M. Robinson (2019) What does the evidence tell us about ‘thinking and working politically’ in development assistance? WIDER Working Paper 2019/12, UNU-WIDER, Helsinki.
Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC), University of York
Dr Sara de Jong's book 'Complicit Sisters: Gender and Women's Issues across North-South Divide' is now out in paperback.
Boydell & Bower
Boydell & Bower offer Development Studies Association members a 25% discount on all African Studies titles that we publish. The code to use is: BB700.
Practical Action Publishing
We won the prestigious Bond Collaboration Award! Collaboration at every level is turning the tide on the world's biggest issues. The award recognised the impact of Practical Action's ingenious water and waste solutions, a crucial part of which is our new handbook Faecal Sludge and Septage Treatment. This is the go-to manual for engineers designing faecal sludge treatment by a world authority, and is already helping large swathes of the planet to live with the dignity and convenience that so many of us take for granted.
We are also delighted to announce that Practical Action Publishing was crowned the Midlands regional winner of the first ever 2019 British Book Awards: Small Press of the Year Award at the London Book Fair. We would like to say a BIG thank you to all our authors and partners - this is your award too! Through working together, we are able to give more and more people access to fresh answers and practical resources that can tackle the causes of poverty and disadvantage.
'The QuIP offers a simple, transparent method to deliver timely, cost-effective and credible causal attributions.' Nancy Cartwright, UCSD and Durham University
Putting respondents' voices at the heart of evaluation
How do you know whether, or how, you contributed to an observed social change? The Qualitative Impact Protocol (QuIP) is a flexible set of guidelines for collecting, analysing and sharing feedback
from intended beneficiaries about significant drivers of change in their lives. Using respondents’ own testimonies, this non-experimental, goal free method challenges approaches to sampling, tackles bias in data collection, adds rigour to the analysis of qualitative data, and encourages real engagement with findings. This essential book includes comprehensive ‘how to’ QuIP guidelines, and detailed case studies from seven countries.
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'[This book] shows how thinking in systems makes you smarter and more effective in getting water and sanitation into the hands of communities around the world. A very useful book indeed.’ Duncan Green, Oxfam UK
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Oxford University Press (OUP)
Offshore: Exploring the Worlds of Global Outsourcing
by Jamie Peck (9780198841722)
New in paperback: “Employing a sophisticated, multi-layered, nuanced analysis Jamie Peck really gets inside this elusive and opaque industry whose rapidly evolving practices are transforming business and economic landscapes at a global scale with potentially immense economic, social and political implications." - Peter Dicken, Emeritus Professor University of Manchester
Introduction to Environmental Economics (Third Edition)
by Nick Hanley, Jason Shogren, and Ben White (9780198737230)
Assuming no prior knowledge of economics, this international author team introduces fundamental economic concepts as they relate to our environment. They explore and assess current and potential policy responses to some of the major environmental issues of our time, with examples drawn from all over the world and include such vital issues as climate change, natural resource use, waste management, water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. The text is also accompanied by online resources: for students: links to news stories and organizations, and exercises; for lecturers: PowerPoint slides, Solutions to exercises, Graphs from the book, and List of Discussion Questions. Available on inspection.
The Fight For Time: Migrant Day Laborers and the Politics of Precarity
by Paul Apostolidis (9780190459338)
A temporally attuned and politically bracing perspective on neoliberal crises, the work ethic in the era of affective and digital labor, the intensifying racial governance of public spaces, the burgeoning deportation regime, and the growth of occupational safety and health hazards. The accounts of the day laborers in this book are rich with potential to catalyze social critique among migrant workers - and clarify the terms on which mass-scale opposition to precarity can occur.
by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri (9780190906320)
New in paperback: "A smart and in-depth examination of Marxist politics for a new century... [Assembly] is a fascinating, challenging theoretical journey into a future beyond capitalism." - Publishers Weekly
Rewriting the Victim: Dramatization as Research in Thailand's Anti-Trafficking Movement
by Erin M. Kamler (9780190840099)
“an ambitious path-breaking book that builds bridges between the humanities and social sciences, migrant women's embodiments and subjectivities, abolitionist and pro-sex work approaches, theory and policy/practice. Rewriting the Victim will make you reconsider what you think you already know of anti -trafficking research, policies, advocacies, and their ramifications." - Christine B.N. Chin, author of Cosmopolitan Sex Workers
Nationalizing Sex: Fertility, Fear, and Power
by Richard Togman (9780190871840)
"Nationalizing Sex disrupts our ability to take for granted ‘the population’ as an object of governance or an issue of national security. By peeling back the layers of discourse on population and nation-building, Togman shows how citizens developed a sexual duty to the state and how governments inserted themselves in the business of baby-making. A great marriage of political science and population studies." - Jennifer D. Sciubba, Stanley J. Buckman Professor of International Studies, Rhodes College
Development Economics is concerned with improving the economies of developing countries and regions, especially through policies to raise standards of living. In the first instance is the requirement to identify what needs developing; what aspect of economic activity, and how this will be measured. It may involve the transition, or transformation, from an agricultural base to industrial adoption, addressing structural changes along the way. There are numerous approaches and policy prescriptions. The reduction of poverty took centre-stage as the main measure of economic development over the past quarter of a century, and with the priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals being a key objective for the next 15 years, qualitative development economics has much to contribute to the research and policy discussion. This Virtual Issue of free and highlighted content from OUP journals and books showcases a range of publications.
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Meanwhile, several exciting new publications hot off the press to share with you this month:
URBAN POVERTY IN THE WAKE OF ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER: REHABILITATION, RESILIENCE AND TYPHOON HAIYAN (YOLANDA)
BY MARIA ELA ATIENZA, PAULINE EADIE, MAY TAN-MULLINS
"With their cutting-edge research on post-disaster relief and recovery, Pauline Eadie and her team deliver valuable lessons-learned from the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. If you want to know how post disaster poverty-relief strategies succeed or fail and why, this is the book!" — Deirdre McKay, Keele University, UK
"Finally, a definitive and comprehensive assessment of Typhoon Yolanda has been produced. This book will be useful for everyone who aims to understand what happened, what has been done, and why certain disaster relief and rehabilitation strategies worked while others did not, before, during and after Typhoon Yolanda." — Albert Salamanca, Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute
"This book is a powerful reminder to practitioners, scholars and students that we must consider the immediate and long-term impacts of disasters on one of the most vulnerable groups in post-disaster recovery: the urban poor. This multi-year study is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand poverty alleviation in post-disaster urban environments." – Yvonne Su, University of Guelph, Canada
"In this important book, Tomáš Profant challenges ideological divisions which have been shaping the post-Cold War development industry. In a compelling manner, this rigorous study addresses socio-political and cultural hierarchization of ‘old’ and ‘new’ European donors, demonstrating that the separation is not simply a function of major differences between Eastern and Western aid providers, but instead a reflection of deep, often discriminatory and orientalising cuts that shape European fabric. A must read not only for those interested specifically in foreign aid politics, but everyone interested in European issues." -- Elzbieta Drazkiewicz, Maynooth University, Ireland
“lucid, nuanced and sharp observations concerning discursive relations of power in seemingly harmless everyday statements." -- Aram Ziai, University of Kassel, Germany
FOREIGN AID IN THE AGE OF POPULISM: POLITICAL ECONOMY ANALYSIS FROM WASHINGTON TO BEIJING
BY VIKTOR JAKUPEC AND MAX KELLY
*Follow the link for a free inspection copy if you teach the subject!
"A provocative, innovative effort to re-politicize and re-think political economy analysis as a tool of development aid through an examination of the implications of larger currents of international political change, including the rise of populism and illiberalism and China's growing role in the developing world." — Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA
"Jakupec and Kelly provide a compelling analysis of the contemporary development agenda. Their plea to apply a theoretically grounded political economy analysis to foreign aid is an important contribution to the debate. This book is a must read for everyone interested in the critical examination of the dominant neoliberal paradigm of development." — Wil Hout, Professor, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
“This highly innovative, timely and important book deserves to be read widely and carefully by scholars and development practitioners interested in better understanding the geopolitics of foreign aid." — Susanne Soederberg, Professor, Queen’s University, Canada
RELIGION AND SOCIETY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA AND SOUTHERN ASIA
BY CAROLE RAKODI
“This thought-provoking work introduces a vital and demanding topic. The lessons it offers have relevance far beyond the development policy field." -- Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University, USA, and Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue
"This book addresses a key gap in religious literacy for all those interested in the nexus between religion and society in Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia and beyond. Further, it provides a nuanced, informed and wide-ranging coverage of the links between religion and human development, both conceptually and empirically. A must-read for students of development, religious and area studies." -- Mariz Tadros, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.