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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DPU UCL latest news, events & updates – December


Decalogue for Participatory Slum Upgrading programmes in pandemic times produced by DPU-led alliance
The “Synergies for Solidarity” project, convened by DPU’s Dr. Catalina Ortiz and Gynna Millan, has produced the decalogue as a roadmap for Latin America and the Caribbean
Reports from AT2030: Community led solutions launched
The AT2030 research project, led by Julian Walker, has launched two new reports on behalf of the Global Disability Hub, to provide evidence on the role of informal markets in the access to assistive technologies in Sierra Leone and Indonesia
KNOW Doctoral Training Course launched
The course, ‘Co-producing Doctoral Urban Research in the Global South’, invites applications from MPhil/PhD students enrolled at a UK university
DPU PhD candidate successfully defends thesis on the social network of urban agriculture
Congratulations to Gbenekanu Mpigi who has successfully defended his thesis that the social relations of urban agriculture mediate people’s engagement and success in generating food security for their household and reducing their vulnerability




A historic victory for gender equality in Chile By Ignacia Ossul Vermehren, Lieta Vivaldi & Camila Cociña

ACHR: Reflecting on 30+ years of Community-led Development in Asia
By Brenda Pérez-Castro, Stephanie Butcher & Barbara Lipietz

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In the media

Medellín MetroCable
Julio Davila interviewed for a GIZ-funded 9-minute documentary on the impact of cable-cars on poverty in Medellin as part of a series on sustainable mobility.