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 – February

Research supports unions’ push for global health care reform in the wake of COVID
A policy brief by our social policy researchers Professor Nicola Yeates and Dr Jane Pillinger is at the forefront of an international campaign to improve conditions for migrant health workers.

Young voices speak out for Sustainable Development Goals in ambitious new OU/BBC series 
Seventeen 17-year-olds from around the world tell us why meeting these targets matters for their communities, in the new World Service series Project 17, starting today. Series academic consultants include Chair of International Development Professor Giles Mohan, and Associate Head of School – Innovation Dr Eric Addae-Kyeremeh.

Academic sounds alarm over ‘vaccine nationalism’
Professor Joyce Tait, founding director of ID@OU’s partner institute Innogen, tells the Independent that partisan political jockeying is in danger of damaging public trust in the COVID jab.

Digital exhibition captures pandemic experiences of refugeees and asylum seekers 
This online exhibition, supported by The Open University COVID-19 Rapid Response funding scheme, is based on research by Professor of Sociology Marie Gillespie.

Post-Brexit rights for UK residents of EU countries?
Senior Lecturer in Law Dr Anne Wesemann outlines the implications of a case coming before the EU Court of Justice, in an article in The Conversation. 

New research studies impact of coronavirus on young Black Britons
Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies Dr Michael Boampong is conducting a pilot study on how the pandemic is affecting Black young migrants and young people of Black British African-Caribbean backgrounds, and why Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups are most at risk from COVID-19.

Promoting play-based education in Africa
Professor of Education and Development Kwame Akyeampong is leading research recently awarded $500,000 CAD (£288,000) to support a large-scale learning through play project being rolled out to over 2 million children in Ghana.