Our Aims and Objectives

We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issues

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What is Development Studies

What is development studies and decolonising development.

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Our Members

We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

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Find out about our constitution, how we are run and meet our Council

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Meet our Council members and other staff who support the running of DSA

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The DSA Conference is an annual event which brings together the development studies community

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Our conference this year is themed "Social justice and development in a polarising world"

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Past Conferences

Find out about our previous conferences

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Study Groups

Our Study Groups offer a chance to connect with others who share your areas of interest

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Students and ECRs

Students and early career researchers are an important part of our community

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Our book series with OUP and our relationship with other publishers

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North-South Research

A series of workshops exploring North-South interdisciplinary research with key messages and reports

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Membership Directory

Find out who our members are, where they are based and the issues they work on

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Latest news from the Open University

All the latest news, blogs and publications from the Open University

‘The latest significant step in the UK’s development agenda’ 
In this information-packed blog, economists Professor Susan Newman (Open University) and Dr Sara Stevano (SOAS) make the argument that this move is the culmination of a trajectory. Read more…

Africa pharma e-book is in Palgrave’s top five all time downloads for open access

The freely available Making Medicines in Africa,  based on OU research led by Professor Maureen Mackintosh, has had more than 69,000 downloads so far. Read more…

Stuck in a pandemic: are international students migrants? 

The coronavirus crisis has further exposed the marginalization of international students in migration research and policy, argue Professor Parvati Raghuram and Dr Gunjan Sondhi. Read more…

Grenfell Tower, COVID-19, structural racism and resistance

Professor Steve Tombs marks the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with an impassioned piece for the Harm and Evidence Research Collective, making the point that the effects of class and ethnic inequality which framed Grenfell are even more visible and more harshly experienced three years on. Read more…

Securing a globally fair diffusion of COVID-19 vaccines

Overcoming ‘vaccine nationalism’ and combating COVID-19 will require global application of a ‘justice in innovation’ that is non-ideal – one that is based on empirically true assumptions rather than abstract constructions or philosophical devices. Professor Theo Papaioannou explains how this might work. Read more…

COVID-19 shows why we must socialise the food system – but think more broadly than ‘farmer autonomy’

Dr Lorena Lombardozzi talks to Professor Matt Huber, Associate Professor of Geography at Syracuse University, about his article arguing for the reform of world food production along socialist lines, but refuting the idea that this means a return to rural smallholder agriculture. Read more and watch…

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