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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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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ID LSE News, Events & Publications – November

New book from Professor Hochstetler: Political Economies of Energy Transition
In her new book, Professor Kathryn Hochstetler argues that national energy transition finally depends on the intersection of political economies, with South Africa illustrating a politicized transition mode and Brazil presenting a bureaucracy-dominant one. Find out more and order the book here.

The Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice series launches
Our exciting lecture series ‘Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice’ is back, and this year, we move the series online, which means we can host speakers from around the world, and also stream the series online, opening up further to a global audience. Speakers this year include: Jayati Ghosh, Danny Quah, Branko Milanovic and Ha-Joon Chang. Find out more about the series here.

China Conference
The Department of International Development hosted a series of events arising from three years research on Contracting Welfare Services to NGOs in China. The research was carried out over five locations in China and focused on three sectors, namely, children living with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS and migrants. Over 120 qualitative interviews were conducted as well as extensive analysis of laws, policies, regulations, and secondary research. Listen to the podcast series from the events here.

Diversity Matters in International Development: a discussion in honour of Thandika Mkandawire
The LSE Department of International Development engage the following question: What are the implications for International Development of calls for diversity in development thinking and practice? The event was held in honour of the renowned development economist, Professor Thandika Mkandawire. The panel took up the debate in the spirit of Thandika’s commitment to transformative development and the decolonization of knowledge. Watch to the event recording here.


Capitalism Alone: The Future of the System that Rules the World
Friday 13 November 2020, 4pm-6pm
Speaker: Branko Milanovic
Discussant: Duncan Green
Stream live via the LSE ID YouTube channel

Why Transformative Social Policy and Development Matter: lessons of COVID-19 in Africa (provisional title) focused on South Africa and Nigeria. A Lecture in honour of Thandika Mkandawire
Friday 20 November 2020, 4pm-6pm
Speaker:  Jimi Adesina
Discussant: Kate Meagher
Stream live via the LSE ID YouTube channel

Reflecting on the demise of DfID
Friday 4 December 2020, 4pm-6pm
Speaker:  Clare Short
Discussant: James Putzel
Stream live via the LSE ID YouTube channel

Global Power Shift to Asia: Great Power Competition in the Marketplace for World Order
Friday 11 December 2020, 4pm-6pm
Speaker:  Danny Quah
Discussant: Robert Wade
Stream live via the LSE ID YouTube channel


Batyra, Ewa, Coast, Ernestina, Wilson, Ben and Cetorelli, Valeria (2020) The socioeconomic dynamics of trends in female genital mutilation/cutting across Africa. BMJ Global Health, 5 (10)

Iazzolino, Gianluca (2020) Infrastructure of compassionate repression: making sense of biometrics in Kakuma refugee camp. Information Technology for Development

Arndt, Channing, Davies, Rob, Gabriel, Sherwin, Harris, Laurence, Makrelov, Konstantin, Robinson, Sherman, Levy, Stephanie, Simbanegavi, Witness, van Seventer, Dirk and Anderson, Lillian (2020) Covid-19 lockdowns, income distribution, and food security: an analysis for South Africa. Global Food Security, 26

Ashwin, Sarah, Kabeer, Naila and Schüßler, Elke (2020) Contested understandings in the global garment industry after Rana Plaza. Development and Change, 51 (5). 1296 – 1305.

Kabeer, Naila, Huq, Lopita and Sulaiman, Munshi (2020) Paradigm shift or business as usual? Workers’ views on multi-stakeholder initiatives in Bangladesh. Development and Change, 51 (5). 1360 – 1398

Mladovsky, Philipa (2020) Fragmentation by design: universal health coverage policies as governmentality in Senegal. Social Science and Medicine, 260.

Green, Duncan and Kirk, Thomas (2020) Observing Covid-19 in Africa through a public authorities lens. Centre for Public Authority and International Development Working Papers. Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Keen, David (2020) Algorithm blues. Development and Change, 51 (4). pp. 1146-1159.