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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Catch up on all the latest news from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at UCL, including DPU’s response to the Covid19 pandemic, and new publications and blogs.

DPU’s Adriana Allen is leading a new GCRF-funded project on sanitation in urban Africa. The project aims to interrogate the sanitation taboo across Urban Africa. Read more…

DPU shares some of the activities that staff and students have engaged with during the Covid19 pandemic. This includes the COiNVITE research project, which has redirected its focus by creating a global mapping of organisations and collectives developing community-based initiatives to address the COVID-19 crisis and its long term effects, and launching a DPU blog and webinar series entitled Post COVID-19 Urban Futures. Read more…

The Participatory Spatial Intervention led by DPU’s Andrea Rigon and implemented by CatalyticAction has been awarded the Artful Integrators Award (AIA) by the 16th Participatory Design Conference.

DPU staff contribute to UCLG hosted discussion on how governments are addressing the COVID-19 crisis
Videos of the contributions by DPU’s Dr Barbara Lipietz and Prof Adriana Allen to United Cities and Local Governments’ (UCLG) #BeyondTheOutbreak Live Learning Experience virtual sessions can be watched online.


Inhabitation as more-than-dwelling. Notes for a renewed grammar
Authors: Camillo Boano, Giovanna Astolfo 

Grounded Learning: people-centred approaches to housing in Yangon and Yogyakarta
Authors: Marina Kolovou Kouri, Katrin Hofer, Nada Sallam, Aji Bima Amriza Amalsyah
Editors: Catalina Ortiz, Barbara Lipietz

Notes around Hospitality as Inhabitation
Authors: Camillo Boano, Giovanna Astolfo


Voices from Havana: The Cuban experience of the COVID-19 crisis 
By Jorge Peña Díaz, Joiselén Cazanave Macías and Camila Cociña

Multi-stakeholder engagement and learning experiences of energy briquettes through a business model
By Shuaib Lwasa, Judith Mbabazi, Teddy Kisembo and Hafisa Namuli