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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New podcast series from LSE Conflict Research Programme

The LSE Conflict Research Programme has just launched a new podcast series called Conflict Zone.

Conflict Zone is a six-part series exploring the nature of global conflict in the twenty-first century.

Our team of experts draw on cutting edge research and big ideas to expose the networks of money and power driving organised violence in the modern world. By making sense of why wars happen, we want to get a handle on how they might be stopped. By challenging the normal tropes, like ‘the failed state’, we will offer a different perspective on what’s driving the militarisation of grievances. And by showcasing the civil society movements fighting for peace and democracy, we’ll offer some hope that we don’t need to accept a world of war.

In this episode, the first in a new series from the LSE, we explore the nature of intractable conflict in the modern world. While warfare is no longer seen as a normal mechanism for resolving disputes between states, many states and regions across the globe still live with the reality of conflict and violence.  

In this episode, we introduce the idea of the political marketplace as a way of understanding the relationship between politics and organised violence in twenty-first century conflicts. This is a term which we use on the CRP to discuss the nature of the challenge facing democratic politics in societies prone to violence.