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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Call for papers on Displacement and Development

This issue of the Journal of the British Academy invites high-quality original research and conceptual papers that deepen the existing knowledge on displacement and cognate socio-economic, politico-cultural, development, policy and leadership challenges.     

Further details
The latest UNHRCR (June 2020) Global Trends report suggests that 79.5 million people were displaced at the end of 2019. In other words, 1% of the world’s population is displaced. Sixty-eight percent of the displaced population come only from five countries (Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Myanmar), while eighty-five percent of them are hosted in developing countries. Moreover, eighty percent of the world’s displaced people suffer from acute food insecurity and malnutrition, and forty percent of the displaced population are children. These are not mere statistics; instead, these represent human lives and their pains, struggles, treacherous journeys and deaths into the seas, strengths, stories, resilience, agency, dignity, vulnerability, helplessness, frustrations, and hopes.

As grim the numbers are, these also represent challenges for the nation-states and political leaders at the national, regional, and global levels. Additionally, the global displacement trend poses major concerns for assorted actors including international and national NGOs, civil societies, UN agencies, donor organisations, faith groups, and academia, among others - especially at a time of global pandemic that will have impact on displaced people in terms of the closure of borders and the expulsion of migrant workers from some countries. 

About the Journal
The  Journal of  the British Academy  is a multi- and interdisciplinary open access journal publishing articles in the humanities and social sciences. ‘Supplementary issues’ publish thematic collections of papers, put together by guest editors. For authors’ guidance on style, please ask for the full details. 

Please submit articles of 10- 12,000 words (including references) to Dr Palash Kamruzzaman at [email protected] by 31 December 2020.  Articles will then be peer reviewed.