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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GDI News, Courses, Events, Publications and Funding opps – February


While Covid-19 vaccination programmes have begun in earnest in the Global North, it’s a very different picture for much of the South.

In a recent blog for the Covid CollectiveDiana Mitlin and colleagues brought together insights from their work in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe on attitudes towards Covid-19 vaccines. 

Yet vaccinating low-income countries could still be many years away. In his recent article for The Conversation, Rory Horner outlined how and when lower-income countries will get access to the vaccine

In a letter to The Guardian Sam Hickey and Khalid Nadvi, along with academics from across the UK’s development institutions, this week called on the UK to do more to cooperate on global vaccine supply and support distribution in low-income countries.


We are delighted to launch a new master’s in International Development: Migration, Mobility and Displacement.
The new interdisciplinary course is now open for 2021/22 entry.


On 28th Jan the African Cities Research Consortium is hosting an introductory webinar.
It will explore their plans to tackle complex, political and systemic problems in some of Africa’s fastest-growing urban areas.

Funding opportunities

We have a number of scholarship opportunities for postgraduate study:


Forest-linked livelihoods in a globalized world
Johan A. Oldekop, Laura Vang Rasmussen, Anthony J. Bebbington et al.

Revisiting group farming in a post-socialist economy: The case of Romania (Open Access)
Bina Agarwal, Krisztina Melinda Dobay & Rachel Sabates-Wheeler