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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The Open University News, Publications and Vacancy – November

OU academic part of nine-nation project to enhance the lives of migrant children in education
Professor Sarah Crafter has been awarded almost €400,000 EU Horizon 2020 funding to empower refugee and migrant ‘child language brokers’.

Let’s talk about racism in development
This Power in the Pandemic podcast interviewing academic and activist Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey was recorded after her keynote at the 2019 Development Studies Association annual conference.

More sustainable universities in a post-COVID world?
Dr Anwar Halari discusses how COVID may boost universities’ steps towards putting into practice Sustainable Development Goals in this Business and Law School blog. 

African machinery of justice carries on despite COVID-19 
Nigerian lawyer and OU Law School PhD student Adedamola Gbolahan describes how some international and regional courts in Africa have adapted very successfully to the new reality in this Business and Law School blog.

Burundi blog series: Football in Burundi is a tool for reconciliation and political legitimacy
Celestin Mvutsebanka outlines how football gradually evolved from a tool for social cohesion into a tool deployed by political actors for their own propaganda. ​

New publications

Our Grandmother Used to Sing Whilst Weeding: Oral histories, millet food culture, and farming rituals among women smallholders in Ramanagara district, Karnataka
Drawing on oral history interviews with women smallholders in Karnataka, India, this article by Dr Sandip Hazareesingh published open access in Modern Asian Studies offers an arts and humanities based critique of development studies’ lack of attention to everyday cultural processes amongst women in the rural world.

The clinical foreground and industrial background: Customizing national strategy for COVID-19 testing 
In the light of the WHO’s exhortation to countries to test for COVID-19, this IKD working paper by Smita Srinivas, Ramakrishna Prasad and Pritika Rao analyses COVID-19 testing in different countries and concludes that testing strategies need to take account of the industrial organisation of health systems within countries to be successful.


PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities
The Open University is offering Arts and Humanities Research Council funding through the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership for full- or part-time PhD studentships starting October 2021. Applications are welcome in any of the AHRC discipline areas at the OU, including Development Studies. Closing date for applications:  12 January 2021