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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Routledge – Latest publications

As students around the world return to their studies in a very different learning environment, books have never been so important in aiding teaching. You can browse Routledge’s 2020 Global Development catalogue here, and lecturers can get free inspection copies of all our teaching materials.
In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve opened the doors to our anti-racism related research. Free access to a large collection of books and journal articles here.
Please also see our very latest published titles from the last couple of months below.
Interested in publishing with us? Contact our Global Development editor Helena Hurd at [email protected]   

BOOK LAUNCH: Adapting Gender and Development to Local Religious Contexts by Romina Istratii
Wed, 28 October 2020
12:00 – 13:00 GMT
For more information and to register for this free event click here.
For more about the book and to order a copy hot off the press, see here.

a refreshingly comprehensive exploration of the link between religious beliefs and practices and intimate partner violence. [It] is ambitious in scope, impressive in its breadth and depth, and an important contribution to any nuanced understanding of the impact of religion or abusive relationships in a local context.” Nancy Nason-Clark, University of New Brunswick, Canada

This book is an important contribution to a growing field of studies that seeks to problematise the dominant secular Gender and Development paradigm, where it seeks to understand and transform gender relations, to eradicate social ills such as domestic violence, yet is underpinned by Euro-centric assumptions that are rarely addressed.” Emma Tomalin, Leeds University, UK

Southern-Led Development Finance: Solutions from the Global South
Edited by Diana Barrowclough, Kevin P. Gallagher, Richard Kozul-Wright

As governments and businesses become frustrated by the traditional North-dominated mechanisms and international financial system, this book argues that southern-led development finance will play an important role in the search for more inclusive, equitable and sustainable patterns of investment, trade and growth in the post-Covid landscape. It will be of interest to practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students working on development and finance everywhere.

“Bereketeab’s critical engagement of the perennial challenges of peace-building and state-building, particularly his critique of neoliberal interventionism and introduction of the popular peace-building and state-building perspective is very refreshing and timely. I have nothing but praise for this groundbreaking work.” — Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South, University of Bayreuth, Germany 

“Bereketeab vigorously argues for an alternative to neoliberalism. It is timely and essential reading at a time Africans are fighting for a bright future amid multiple challenges.” — Atta El-Battahani, Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Khartoum, Sudan

“In the contemporary context of a rapidly shifting and unstable geopolitical environment, the role of civic society organisations (CSOs) to confront powerful interests and represent the excluded has never been more important. In this important collection discussing the role of CSOs in responding to these challenges, the various contributors present valuable and unique theoretical and empirical insights into developments across the world that many researchers neglect including Latin America, Africa and Ireland – insights that anyone interested in promoting the social democratic project can learn from”. – Professor James Arvanitakis, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Graduate Studies) – on sabbatical, Fulbright Fellow: Milward L. Simpson Visiting Professor, University of Wyoming, USA

“There is simply no better source for anyone interested in any aspect of the informal economy.”Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

“At a critical juncture in the world economy, when many informal livelihoods are being lost to the pandemic, the book will be compelling reading to academics, policy makers and practitioners.”— Kunal Sen, Director, UNU-WIDER and Professor of Development Economics, University of Manchester, UK

“This comprehensive and up-to-date book, with contributions from a wide range of disciplines, is essential reading for everyone interested in work, employment and development.” – Diane Elson, Emeritus Professor, University of Essex, UK. Member of UN Committee for Development Policy.

Hegemony and World Order: Reimagining Power in Global Politics
Edited by Piotr Dutkiewicz, Tom Casier, Jan Aart Scholte

This book explores a key question for our tumultuous times of multiple global crises. Does hegemony – that is, legitimated rule by dominant power – have a role in ordering world politics of the twenty-first century? If so, what form does that hegemony take: does it lie with a leading state or with some other force? How does contemporary world hegemony operate: what tools does it use and what outcomes does it bring?

“a must read for scholars, students and citizens interested in the phenomenon of hegemony in global politics, in theory and practice.” — Andreas Antoniades, Senior Lecturer in Global Political Economy, University of Sussex, UK

Corruption and the Lava Jato Scandal in Latin America
Edited by Paul F Lagunes, Jan Svejnar

This book brings together key international and interdisciplinary perspectives to reflect on Lava Jato, or Operation Car Wash, Latin America’s largest corruption scandal to date. Since 2014, this scandal has unfolded in surprising ways to expose collusion between construction companies and state officials in Brazil and 11 other countries. The corruption uncovered amounts in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and billions of dollars in stolen state funds. This ground-breaking volume is compelling reading for advanced students and researchers in areas including Corruption Studies, Public Ethics, Political Science, and Latin American Studies, as well as for practitioners working to make governments more accountable.