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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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We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

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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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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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ID LSE News, Events & Publications – December

Special Bulletin of Tributes to Professor Mkandawire
An open access publication of tributes to Professor Thandika Mkandawire has been published via codesria.org. Tributes from the following scholars and friends of Professor Mkandawire are included in the publication: Godwin R. Murunga, Executive Secretary, CODESRIA; Kate Meagher, London School of Economics; and Ntombizakhe Mpofu Mlilo, Gwanda State University. 

Making abortion safer for adolescents in Zambia, Malawi and Ethiopia 
London School of Economics has collaborated with IPAS and PositiveNegatives to share research results from the MRC/FCDO-funded research project, “Improving adolescent access to contraception and abortion-related care” led by Professor Ernestina Coast. Mphatso’s Story and Mwansa’s Story explore the lives of two adolescent girls in Zambia and Malawi, as both try to end an unintended pregnancy. 

CPAID comics series: Vigilantism and public authority
As part of a series of six comics on public authority in different countries across Africa, Kenyan cartoonist and comic artist Victor Ndula has illustrated some of CPAID’s cutting-edge research on issues of public authority, vigilantism, policing and public justice in Uganda. Based on real events, the latest comic asks: what happens when a town tries to fight crime using vigilantes?

Watch back The Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice series 
Our exciting guest lecture series ‘Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice’ is available to watch online via the LSE ID YouTube Channel. By moving the series online, we have been able to host speakers from around the world as well as opening up the series further to a global audience. Speakers so far include: Jayati Ghosh, Saleemul Huq, Branko Milanovic, Deborah Brautigam, Folashade Soule-Kohndou, Shirley Ze Yu, Jimi Adesina and Nora Lustig.


The Effects of Cash Transfers on Formal Labor Markets: evidence from Brazil
Tuesday 1 December 2020, 12.30pm-1.30pm GMT
Speaker: Dr Joana Naritomi
Chair: Dr Armine Ishkanian

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Reflecting on the demise of DfID
Friday 4 December 2020, 4pm-6pm GMT
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 GMT
Speaker:  Danny Quah
Discussant: Robert Wade
Stream live via the LSE ID YouTube channel


Kangaude, Godfrey, Coast, Ernestina and Fetters, Tamara (2020) Adolescent sexual and reproductive health and universal health coverage: a comparative policy and legal analysis of Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 28 (2)

Green, Elliott D. (2020) The politics of ethnic identity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Comparative Political Studies.

Keen, David (2020) The functions and legitimisation of suffering in Calais, France. International Migration.

Lattof, Samantha R., Coast, Ernestina, van der Meulen Rodgers, Yana, Moore, Brittany and Poss, Cheri (2020) The mesoeconomics of abortion: a scoping review and analysis of the economic effects of abortion on health systems. PLOS ONE, 15 (11).

Brown, Laura, Myers, Sarah, Page, Abigail E. and Emmott, Emily H. (2020) Subjective environmental experiences and women’s breastfeeding journeys: a survival analysis using an online survey of UK mothers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (21)

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