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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FCDO and the Future of UK Aid

Tuesday 12 January 2021, 3-4.30pm 

A webinar hosted by the Development Studies Association 

Blogs & video

Read two different blogs summarising the outcomes of this event. the first in terms of FCDO and the future of UK Aid and the second focusing on the implications for international development research.

If you missed the event, you can watch the full webinar on the DSA YouTube channel and do subscribe as we plan to have many more such online events taking place throughout the year.

The UK’s approach to international development is undergoing a radical transition, most notably through the merger of DFID with the FCO, the proposal to reduce the commitment to spending on aid from 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income and the reframing of the key ‘global challenges’ and of the UK’s national interest in relation to these. This webinar offers a forum to discuss the implications of these shifts – actual and proposed – and to discuss how to maintain a higher level of public debate and accountability around the of UK’s role in relation to global development.  


  • Preet Gil, Labour MP and Shadow Secretary for International Development  
  • Ranil Dissanayake, Centre for Global Development
  • Melissa Leach, Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex
  • Stephanie Draper, Chief Executive of BOND

Co-Chairs: Sam Hickey (DSA President, University of Manchester) and Annalisa Prizzon (ODI and DSA Council member)