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 – December

Global Development Management graduate secures Grand Union Doctoral Partnership scholarship
Celia Bartlett will use her fully funded PhD with the OU to research empowerment for women in the global coffee trade.

Businesses to play greater role in curbing domestic violence, Open University researcher tells UN General Assembly
Dr Jane Pillinger has been a key mover in the adoption of the new Convention on Violence and Harassment at work this year, which includes groundbreaking measures aimed at supporting employees who are victims of domestic violence.

Open University launches its first ever Global Development microcredential on online Futurelearn platform
Designed to help practitioners in the global development industry build skills to manage interventions on the ground, this mini-course is worth 15 UK academic credits at postgraduate level.

New report reveals ways the UK now restricts migrants’ access to healthcare
Sociology lecturer Dr Kathryn Median, who joined the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciennces this year, is co-author of this New Economics Foundation report, which draws on her research into the migrant-led campaign against exclusionary healthcare policies. 

Research funding to create legal support resources for humanitarian workers undertaking search and rescue of refugees
Senior Law lecturer Dr Neil Graffin has won a prestigious new grant to help search and rescue workers navigate complicated legal and bureaucractic environments.