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

Keeping it real: how The Open University succeeds in teaching Development
Dr Frangton Chiyemura, part of the team on the new Understanding Global Development course, describes how the OU goes about capturing critical contemporary issues in development in the new Global Development MSc starting in October. Read more…

Relaunch of IKD working paper series
IKD is re-launching its working paper series under the editorship of Dr Frangton Chiyemura. TheIKD working paper series is open to any discipline, methods and area of research that has links with IKD research themes. Submissions of papers to the working paper series will help improve quality, increase reach to diverse audiences and aid publication in good journals. Guidelines for paper submissions will be circulated shortly. Read papers…

‘Local’ learning clubs catch on in Europe and Africa, thanks to pandemic
Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo explains how being forced to go virtual has allowed the OU’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership to share research and resources with a wider, global audience. Read more…   

WhatsApp proves to be ‘perfect tool’ for supporting Zimbabwe girls’ education project 
The SAGE project is finding unexpected benefits after turning to text-based workshops to support volunteer educators through the pandemic. Read more…

International students wanted to participate in research
A research project led by Dr Gunjan Sondhi is seeking international students to take part in a survey or interview about how COVID-19 has affected them.  Read more…