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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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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ID LSE News, Events & Publications – February

Political Economies of Energy Transition – book launch
On Tuesday 26 January the Grantham Research Centre on Climate Change and the Environment and the Department of International Development at LSE hosted the launch of ID Head of Department Professor Kathryn Hochstetler’s book, Political Economies of Energy Transition: Wind and Solar Power in Brazil and South Africa. You can watch the talk back here.

Professor Shadlen guest edits a special issue of the Journal of International Business Policy
Professor Ken Shadlen was guest editor (with Suma Athreye and Lucia Piscitello) for a special issue of the Journal of International Business Policy, ‘Twenty-five years since TRIPS: Patent policy and international business’. The special issue was published in December 2020.

LSE’s Decolonisation Hub
The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa has launched the ‘Decolonisation Hub‘, a platform to address anti-racism and decolonisation through collaboration and support of colleagues across LSE. The hub will host resources, publications, and updates from the FLCA, LSE and organisations worldwide.

Wellcome Award MSc in Health and International Development scholarship programme
The Wellcome Award MSc in Health and International Development scholarship programme is now in its final year and will award a full scholarship to one student for 2021. Started in 2019 and funded by the Wellcome Trust, these scholarships support the very best students seeking a career in health-related social science research.  

Dr Leone on school closures in the FT
Dr Tiziana Leone spoke to the Financial Times about school closures and the move to teaching online across UK and Europe following the surge in coronavirus cases. 


Cutting edge issues in development thinking & practice series 
The guest lecture series takes place every Friday from 4pm-6pm (GMT) 
Find the full series schedule here.
Don’t forget you can stream upcoming lectures and watch back past lectures via the Department’s YouTube Channel
Speakers for the rest of the term are:

Coded bias panel discussion: Digital bias, diversity and development 
Thursday 11 February 2021 5pm-6.30pm (GMT)
Panel-led discussion on issues of digital bias in contemporary development processes. Chaired by Dr Kate Meagher. Register here

Why don’t we get the pharmaceutical industry we deserve? And what we can do about it
Wednesday 17 February 2021 1.30pm-3.30pm (GMT) 

An event to launch That High Design of Purest Gold: A Critical History of the Pharmaceutical Industry, 1880-2020 by Graham Dutfield. Speakers include LSE ID’s Professor Shdlen. Register here

Tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic of Inequality to Build a Green, Inclusive, and Resilient Recovery
Tuesday 09 March 2021 2pm-3pm (GMT)
Join World Bank Group President David Malpass as he discusses what is needed to build a green, inclusive, and resilient recovery from the pandemic. Register here


Wenham, Clare, Abagaro, Camila, Arevalo, Amaral, Coast, Ernestina, Corrêa, Sonia, Cuellar, Katherine, Leone, Tiziana and Valongueiro, Sandra (2021) Analysing the intersection between health emergencies and abortion during Zika in Brazil, El Salvador and Colombia. Social Science & Medicine, 270. ISSN 0277-9536

Faguet, Jean-Paul (2021) Understanding decentralization: theory, evidence and method, with a focus on least-developed countries. Working paper (21-203). International Development, LSE, London, UK.

Gordon, Stuart (2020) Regulating humanitarian governance: humanitarianism and the ‘risk society’. Politics and Governance, 8 (4). 306 – 318. ISSN 2183-2463

Leone, Tiziana and Brown, Laura (2020) Timing and determinants of age at menarche in low-income and middle-income countries. BMJ Global Health. ISSN 2059-7908

Beck, Silke and Forsyth, Tim (2020) Who gets to imagine transformative change? Participation and representation in biodiversity assessments. Environmental Conservation, 47 (4). 220 – 223. ISSN 0376-8929

Faguet, Jean-Paul, Sanchez, Fabio and Villaveces, Marta-Juanita (2020) The perversion of public land distribution by landed elites: power, inequality and development in Colombia. World Development, 136. ISSN 0305-750X

Green, Elliott D. (2020) The politics of ethnic identity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Comparative Political Studies. ISSN 0010-4140