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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Webinar: Covid-19 and the Future of Global Value Chains

How could a restructuring of the global economy share the position of suppliers and workers in developing countries? If you missed this webinar from GDI, here is another chance to watch the full recording.

The Covid-19 pandemic created a major shock to the global economy. The ramifications of this shock reverberated through global value chains to reach workers and sites of production throughout the world. These ramifications are both short and long term. In the short term, the crisis was a major shock for developing economies particularly those who rely on exports through GVCs as global lead firms cancelled orders and workers were terminated often with very little protection. 

The ramifications of the crisis, however, could go deeper than the short to medium term shock. The Covid-19 pandemic came at a moment in which processes of globalisation were being challenged by a decline in multilateral institutions and the growing political and economic unpredictability in the world. What global economy would emerge from the pandemic is not clear yet and what are the implications particularly for developing countries. This webinar examined the future of global value chains in a post-Covid world and asked how a restructuring of the global economy could shape the position of suppliers and workers in developing countries.

Speakers: Stephanie Barrientos (University of Manchester), Rory Horner (University of Manchester), Raphael Kaplinsky (University of Sussex), Dev Nathan (Institute for Human Development).

Chair: Shamel Azmeh (University of Manchester).