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 LIDC

Invitation to students from other universities
LIDC is excited to announce that its student membership is now being offered to students of non-LIDC member institutions. Students anywhere, including outside of the University of London and the UK, can now become student members of LIDC for just £10 per year. This membership gives access to all the benefits of the LIDC student membership. This means that students at any university can get involved in LIDC’s exciting activities and join the largest global community of international development researchers. Read more…

Seven podcasts to listen to, recommended by Prof Clare Heffernan

At the end of a long day, there are few things more enjoyable than a well-researched, informative and thought-provoking podcast. We turn to podcasts for various reasons, but much like our movie and music choices, we tend to stick to the genre or topics that have worked for us in the past. Covid-19 has prompted many of us to reflect on how and why we do the things we do. Me included. But happily, I’ve found another use of the time I used to spend commuting (when I generally listened to podcasts and audiobooks). The end of the summer has given me a bit of time to reflect on the podcasts that I have loved the most and why, even after so many listens, they continue to inform or amuse.

LIDC will soon launch its own podcast series, where we will discuss current issues and challenges in global development. I hope the new LIDC podcast series will make it to the top of your list of favourites as we approach the darker and colder months of the year. But in the meantime, I would like to share with LIDC’s members some of my own favourites. Read more…