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 open. The CFP closes 26th April
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 Wellbeing, Psychology and Therapeutic Culture in International Development Study group
Researching Wellbeing: Development & Geography perspectives
Please join us for an event celebrating the launch of the book: Cultures of Wellbeing: Method, Place, Policy, on Friday 28th April, 2pm-5pm, at Royal Geographical Society, London.
Further information on SG webpage
Gender Policy and Practice Study Group with International Gender Studies Centre (IGS)
Co-convenors: Fenella Porter and Tina Wallace (IGS and DSA-GADPP Study Group)
Workshop on Feminist Research in Development: methods, findings and who is listening?
Tuesday April 4th 10-1pm. Coffee from 9.30
Venue: Old Library, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University
(Address is Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6QA)
See SG website for details
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
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.
This month, GDI celebrated its first birthday. In the last 12 months
our academics have published over 100 journal articles, gained £5 million worth of research funding, carried out public engagement and had real-world impact.
Find out what we’ve been up to during our first year.
GDI gathered to discuss inequality: policy bandwagon or a welcome shift?
Dr Rory Horner and Professor David Hulme have authored a GDI Working Paper: 'Converging divergence? Unpacking the new geography of 21st century global development'
Uma Kothari talked about the power of a warm welcome: Forging a humanitarian response to refugees amid negative media imagery
Latest in our series spotlighting GDI staff: meet GDI Lecturer in International Development,
Dr Tomas Frederiksen
Call for papers: World on the Move – Migration, Societies and Change (deadline 30 April)
8 February: Designing Interventions in Developing Water-Energy-Food Systems Professor Julien
Harou (The University of Manchester).
15 February: “Too close for comfort, relatively speaking? Development NGOs’ dependence on
home government funding in comparative perspective”. Professor Lauchlan T. Munro (Ottawa University)
22 February: Predatory states and Economic development Professor Mehrdad Vahabi (University
8 March: Gender, Urbanisation and Poverty: Principles, Practice, and the Space of Slums
Professor Sylvia Chant (London School of Economics).
22 March: Resilience, Development and Global Change: Resistance, Rootedness and
Resourcefulness Professor Katrina Brown (University of Exeter).
26 April: The Global Arms Trade and International Law: Prevention is Better than Cure: Dr
Shavana Musa (The University of Manchester).
DPU teamed up with Lagos-based NGO, JEI, to realise a participatory video workshop that aimed to explore the impact that the continued threat of forced eviction has on the wellbeing of residents.
DPU PhD Candidate Fanny Froehlich was part of a research team at Plan international UK working on a study that looks at how social norms impact the lives of 142 different girls
The DPU launched its first undergraduate module this month. Global Inequalities and Urban Development is offered through the Bachelors of Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree programme. It was developed out of a strand of the Global Citizenship Programme (GCP).
Jocelyn Alexander, Miles Tendi and JoAnn McGregor published a new special issue exploring the transnational connections of Southern African Liberation Movements.
The Department’s research on border areas in the Horn of Africa has led to a $63.9 million development project financed by the EU Trust Fund for Africa. The research, carried out in three cross-border areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan, centred on migration, instability, and sources of vulnerability, in order to gain a better understanding of the political, social, environmental and economic dynamics in those areas. The research was carried out by the Research and Evidence Facility (REF) on the Horn of Africa, a research consortium led by SOAS, which is supported by the EU Trust Fund.
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Dr Laurence Cooley has been named an ESRC Future Research Leader, for a project on the politics of the census and its relationship to power-sharing institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Lebanon and Northern Ireland that will run from February 2017 to January 2019.
Dr Caryn Peiffer and Dr Heather Marquette have been awarded funding from the British Academy's Sustainable Development Programme for the project Islands of Integrity, which aims to identify specific services or institutions which, despite endemic corruption all around them, had significantly reduced corruption in their own organisation.
Developmental Leadership Program publications
The Political Road to Digital Revolution: How Myanmar's Telecoms Reform Happened (research paper by Niheer Dasandi and David Hudson)
Why are Africa's poor more likely than the rich to pay a bribe for public services? (blog post by Caryn Peiffer)
Do anticorruption messages work? Emerging findings and their relevance for Papua New Guinea (policy brief by Caryn Peiffer)
Indian Social Policy Network
Workshop on Comparative and International Social Policy Theories and Methods: Advances in Research and Practice in International Development Studies and Social Policy
A Three Day PhD and Early Career Academic Workshop on Social Policy in Developing Contexts
New Delhi, 24th -26th May 2017
Further details on submitting abstracts on 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
Deadline for submission of abstract: 15 April 2017
See all the details on the website.
INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre)
Introduction to ‘Reinventing Organizations’ 16 March 2017, Oxford
What will organisations of the future look like? Do we need to rethink how our organisations are on the inside if they are to contribute to real change on the outside? INTRAC is offering this one-day event, inspired by Frederick Laloux’s book ‘Reinventing Organizations’, to explore key ideas, practices and possibilities of this emerging organisational development movement.
Online advocacy and policy influencing, 6 March – 1 May, Oxford
This course will give you the knowledge and skills to influence policy and practice in your own context. In this course, you will have the opportunity to develop and troubleshoot the implementation of an advocacy strategy as well as build your knowledge and confidence.
Theory of change for planning and impact assessment, 13 – 17 March 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.
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.
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
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)
Meetings & Seminars
Institute for Global Health & Development (IGHD), Queen Margaret University (QMU)
IGHD Grand Challenges Webinar
Maternal Health in Resource Poor Settings
7 March 14:15-15:15 UTC
Join IGHD for the final session of our 2016-2017 Grand Challenges Seminar Series where we welcome Dr Lucia D’Ambruoso from the University of Aberdeen to talk about the methods of investigating maternal and child health in resource poor settings. Three applied examples (a confidential enquiry, a verbal autopsy survey, and a community-based review drawn from work in Indonesia, Burkina Faso and South Africa) will be presented to illustrate the value of using the research process to shift power towards those most directly affected.
Register for the event in person at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, or to join us in our live webinar.
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit DPU, UCL, London
'Race' and Development Studies
Wednesday 15 March 17:15-18:45 Room 101, DPU
Prevention of urban violence in Colombia
16 March 17:30 to 19:00
Lecture Theatre G12, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB
23rd Bradford Development Lecture
"One World, One Humanity"
Speaker: Mark Goldring CEO, Chief Executive of Oxfam
Date: Thu 16 March 2017 16:00 - 17:30 - Reception from 17.30
Location: Norcroft Conference Centre, University of Bradford
University of Bath
Development & Geography perspectives
Friday 28th April, 2pm-5pm
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London
Register for this event here
International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA)
‘GM Crops – A Proxy War in Africa’
Speaker: James Morton (ICEA Member)
Wednesday 15 March 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).
Three Frames for Research and Innovation Policy: Moving from the Valley of Death to Experimental Arenas – Professor Jo Chataway (SPRU)
Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Inclusive Growth – Professor Kunal Sen (Manchester).
You can find out more and view the abstracts for upcoming talks on the IKD website.
SOAS - Department of Development Studies & Bloomsbury DTC for the Social Sciences
Seminar Series, Term 2, 2016-17
Various rooms, All welcome, no need to book
Development in Crisis: States, Conflicts, Refugees. Celebrating 25 Years of Development Studies at SOAS,
14 March, 5-7PM
Venue: Alumni Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
A special panel discussion with Gilbert Achcar, Chris Cramer, Laura Hammond, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, James Putzel, and chaired by Zoë Marriage
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)Transformations to Sustainability research call launched
The ESRC are pleased to announce the launch of a new call which seeks to fund social science-led interdisciplinary research on transformations to sustainability, and to cultivate durable research collaboration across multiple partners and disciplinary boundaries, as well as with practitioners and societal partners. The Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) programme has been established by the Belmont Forum, NORFACE and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and involves 18 national funding agencies from around the world.
The ESRC are representing the UK partners in this partnership through funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). UK applicant teams able to apply for up to €500,000.
Deadline for Outline Proposals on 5 April at 12.00 GMT.
Institute for Global Health & Development (IGHD), Queen Margaret University (QMU)
Advance Notice: Research Fellow position
Research Fellow opening for work on local faith community engagement.
This is an advance notice that we will be looking to recruit a Research Fellow for work on the topic of engagement of local faith communities with protection and psychosocial programming. Individuals with an interest in this area of work, capacity to engage with periods of fieldwork in Africa and Latin America, and a masters or doctoral degree in a relevant subject should send a one page CV to Carola Eyber (ceyber(AT)qmu.ac.uk) and Alastair Ager (aager(AT)qmu.ac.uk) so that details of the position can be sent as soon as they become available. Please sign up to the IGHD newsletter to receive direct notification of the role once it becomes available: IGHD newsletter
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.
University of Wolverhampton
New Reader post in International Development in the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT), University of Wolverhampton
See website for details.
Kings College London
The Department of International Development
Three permanent full-time positions
Closing date: 31 March
Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in the Sociology or Social Anthropology of Development
Reader/Senior Lecturer in Development Economics
Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Development Economics
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, DPU, UCL London
DPU Working Paper No. 185: Participatory budgeting in Bogotá: a means for social transformation or maintenance of status quo?
Women’s Political Participation in Somaliland
By Lilian Schofield
From heroes to villains: Brazil at risk of moving away from the New Urban Agenda
By Julia Moretti and Alexandre Apsan Frediani
Oxford Department of International Development (ODID)
Other new publications this month:
• ‘State, scale and networks in the liberalisation of India’s land’, by Nikita Sud, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 2017
• ‘Psychosocial competencies and risky behaviours in Peru’, Marta Favara and Alan Sanchez, IZA Journal of Labor & Development, 2017 6:3, 14 February 2017
• ‘Parental Background and Child Human Capital Development Throughout Childhood and Adolescence: Evidence From Four Low- and Middle-Income Countries’, by Andreas Georgiadis, Young Lives Working Paper 164, February 2017
• ‘Young Women’s Household Bargaining Power in Marriage and Parenthood in Ethiopia’ by Nardos Chuta, Young Lives Working Paper 166, February 2017
• ‘#AlanKurdi: Presentation and dissemination of images of suffering on Twitter’, by Joshua Aiken, Hannes Einsporn, Monica Greco, Rachel Landry, and Angela Navarro Fusillo, RSC Working Paper 121, February 2017
From our blogs:
• Paul Dornan wrote Reflections on how a child’s home life affects her development for the Young Lives blog.
The International Migration Institute’s blog published a series of posts to coincide with its seminar series on Migration to, through and from Africa: An African conversation:
• Madeleine Wong explored the return of highly-skilled migrants to Ghana
• Olivette Otele wrote about migratory flows and the histories of transatlantic slavery
• Papa Demba Fall explained the need for a regional approach to confront challenges of migration, insecurity and development in Central Africa
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Videos of talks given by the Department’s staff and visiting speakers are often added to the Department’s You Tube channel. Recent highlights include:
Anti-Value in Marx, David Harvey
Q&A about the film I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach with Francesca Martinez
Violent Past, Hot Present, Extreme Future, Andreas Malm
The Sweatshop Regime: Labouring Bodies, Exploitation and Garments Made in India, Alessandra Messadri
Settling Down and Moving On: Nomadic Identity, Politics ... in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, Richard Axlby
Markets-in-the-making in Neoliberal Natures: Assembling REDD+ in Nigeria’s ‘Last Rainforest’, Adeniyi Asiyanbi
Journal articles recently published by the Department's staff include:
Paolo Novak 'Placing Borders in Development', Geopolitics.
Ravi K. Raman ‘Subaltern Modernity: Kerala, the Eastern Theatre of Resistance in the Global South’, Sociology.
Farooq Sulehria ‘DD and PTV as victims of media globalisation’, Asian Journal of Communication.
A French edition of Gilbert Achcar’s Morbid Symptoms has been released (France), as well as a recent Spanish edition of The Arabs and the Holocaust (Mexico) and Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism (Spain), and a Persian edition of The People Want (Austria-based publisher).
All recent publications can be viewed through SOAS Research Online.
For more blogs and other publication news from SOAS, visit this webpage.
Pia Jolliffe - DSA council member
Dr Pia Jolliffe published an article entitled "Intergenerational relations and rural development among the Karen in Northern Thailand" in the International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries 1/2, pp. 143-157.
Centre for Global Education
Policy and Practice Issue 25 Call for Contributors
The Centre for Global Education invites contributions to Issue 25 of our bi-annual, open access, peer reviewed journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review. Issue 25 is on the theme ‘Development Education and Human rights’ and will explore the synergies between these closely related ‘adjectival educations’ as we approach the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This issue will examine how these sectors’ shared commitment to active citizenship can help address today’s primary threats to basic human rights.
Authors interested in submitting an article should send a 300 word précis by Friday, 7 April 2017 to journal editor, Stephen McCloskey, email: stephen(at)centreforglobaleducation.com.
The submission date for commissioned articles is Monday, 3 July 2017.
For more information on the call please click here.
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
We are pleased to announce the latest virtual special issue from the Journal of Peasant Studies on 'Contemporary Environmental and Agrarian Issues'. This virtual special issue showcasing the most recent work in this area from the Journal, which we hope academics will find useful in their courses. We hope students of contemporary critical environmental and agrarian studies, among others, will find it useful in building their theoretical foundations. We hope policy practitioners will find it relevant in informing policy debates. We hope agrarian, food, environmental and climate justice activists will find it relevant in their political struggles.
The included articles are currently free to access online here until 31st July 2017.
Institute for Global Health & Development (IGHD), Queen Margaret University (QMU)
Dr Predrag Duric published twice
Lecturer and researcher at IGHD, Dr Predrag Duric, has been published twice in February along with colleagues. The first article looks at Blood donors’ awareness and attitudes towards blood transfusion safety in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Serbia, and will be available in the next issue of Transfusion Medicine.
The second article has been published as open access in PLOS One and discusses how improved antiretroviral treatment procurement and better allocation and implementation can help Kazakhstan reach ambitious HIV targets even though international funding is expected to be withdrawn very soon. Read his article here.
Professor Alastair Ager publishes in Journal of Peace Psychology
Along with Janna Meztler of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Professor Ager has published a new article in the Journal of Peace Psychology. Instead of studying the differences between children in crisis situations who receive exposure to interventions aimed at promoting their mental health and psychosocial well-being, the 2 researchers focused on those who did not. You can access the article here (not open access).
"A leader without followers, is simply someone going for a walk". Rod MacLeod on the important role of followers.
Guest bloggers Erla Thrandardottir and Vincent Charles Keating share their views on NGOs, trust, and the accountability agenda.
What makes the difference between a harmful and a helpful consultant? New blog by INTRAC Principal Consultant Rick James.
This issue includes a guest contribution by CASSA’s project coordinator Linda Lönnqvist on Chiapas’ vibrant civil society, and a viewpoint on sustainable training by INTRAC Training Manager Aline Filiot.
In November 2016, INTRAC, the University of Reading and the University of Portsmouth hosted a workshop on the theme of languages and cultural knowledge in development NGOs. This brief report summarises key discussions and outlines.
INTRAC Principal Consultant Rod MacLeod analyses the success of the She Parliamentarian campaign in Jordan in our latest Praxis Series Paper: ‘She Parliamentarian: A campaign for women MPs in Jordan’.
Routledge and DSA affiliate program
Routledge Publishers offers DSA members a discount on featured Development Studies books here. Obtain your member discount by entering code AF039 at checkout!
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.