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 IDD Birmingham

Launch of the Resistance Bureau
A team including Nic Cheeseman launched the Resistance Bureau – a global discussion space on the most pressing issues facing contemporary Africa. Podcasts of the first 3 episodes are available here.

Civil Wars Special Issue on ‘Beyond the Coup d’Etat? Perspectives on Civil-Military Relations in Africa
Civil Wars, based in IDD, published a special issue (22:2-3) exploring the different manifestations and implications of civil-military relations in Africa. Guest-edited by Christopher Day, Moses Khisa and William Reno, the double issue features articles on Uganda, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, DRC and Ghana.

Development Engagement Lab News
David Hudson published Development Engagement Lab Briefing Papers on the UK and US public’s attitudes towards international development in a time of COVID-19 and an accompanying Bond webinar. The project’s website includes recent data analysis and commentary on the 0.7% target, the DFID and FCO merger, and gender and COVID-19.

Developmental Leadership Program News
Jasmine Burnley, Niheer Dasandi and David Hudson published a DLP paper on the politics of consultation in donor-led reforms: The case of Myanmar’s investment law. An accompanying blog is here.

New Publications

Cheeseman, Nic; Fisher, Jonathan; Hassan, Idayat and Hitchen, Jamie (2020). ‘Social Media Disruption: Nigeria’s WhatsApp Politics’, Journal of Democracy, 31 (3): 145-159.

Cheeseman, Nic and Pfeiffer, Caryn (2020). The Unintended Consequences of Anti-Corruption Messaging in Nigeria. ACE Working Paper, SOAS.

Craney, Aidan and Hudson, David (2020). ‘Navigating the Dilemmas of Politically-Smart, Locally Led Development: The Pacific-Based Green Growth Leaders’ Coalition’, Third World Quarterly, Online First.

Da Silva, Raquel and Fontana, Giuditta (2020). ‘Enacting the Prevent Duty in Primary Schools’, in Joel Busher and Lee Jerome (Eds), The Prevent Duty in Education: Impact, Enactment and Implications (London: Palgrave Pivot).

Gordon, Rebecca and Bose, Lakshmi S (2020). ‘Reflecting on Representation: Exploring Critical Tensions within Doctoral Training Programmes in the UK’, in Gail Crimmins (Ed), Strategies for Supporting Inclusion and Diversity in the Academy: Higher Education, Aspiration and Inequality (Palgrave Macmillan).

Janenova, Saltanat (2020). ‘ Public Administration Academies in Central Asia: ‘Government puppets’ or independent seats of learning?,’ Teaching Public Administration, 38 (2): 126-143. 

Thomas, Sian Natasha; Weber, Sanne and Bradbury-Jones, Caroline (2020). ‘Using Participatory and Creative Methods to Research Gender-Based Violence in the Global South and with Indigenous Communities: Findings from a Scoping Review’Trauma, Violence and Abuse, Online First.

Van Eekelen, Willem (2020). Rural Development in Practice: Evolving Challenges and Opportunities (London: Routledge).Weber, Sanne (2020). ‘From Gender-Blind to Gender-Transformative Reintegration: Women’s Experiences with Social Reintegration in Guatemala’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Online First.