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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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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 – March


Coded Bias Panel Discussion: Digital Bias, Diversity and Development
On Thursday 11 February, LSE ID hosted a film screening of Coded Bias, an award-winning documentary that asks how Artificial Intelligence is affecting our liberties, and what are the consequences for groups caught on the wrong side of encoded digital bias? The screening was followed by a panel discussion with Hellen Mukiri-Smith, Deborah James and Kate Meagher on issues of digital bias in contemporary development processes.
Watch the recording of the panel discussion here.

Achieving COVID-19 vaccination potential – article co-authored by Ken Shadlen in The Lancet
LSE ID’s Professor Ken Shadlen and other leading academics, have published an article in The Lancet that says vaccines have to be affordable and available to all countries, and governments must have the administrative and political capacities to deliver them locally to ensure an effective global immunisation strategy against COVID-19.
Read the full article here.

Web-based searching for abortion information during health emergencies – article co-authored by Tiziana Leone and Ernestina Coast
On 18 February, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters published an article on “Web-based searching for abortion information during health emergencies: a case study of Brazil during the 2015/2016 Zika outbreak” co-authored by Tiziana Leone, Ernestina Coast, Sonia Correa and Clare Wenham.
You can read the full article online here.

Special Issue of Development and Change edited by Kate Meagher
Dr Kate Meagher recently edited a forthcoming issue of Development and Change on the Politics of Open Access, including writing the introductory article, “The Politics of Open Access: Decolonizing Research or Corporate Capture?”
View the record and contents of the issue here.


Mariana Mazzucato | A Mission Oriented Approach to Stakeholder Value
Friday 5 March from 4pm-6pm (GMT) 
Guest lecturer, Mariana Mazzucato joins us from London to talk to us about “A Mission Oriented Approach to Stakeholder Value”. Stream the lecture via the Department’s YouTube Channel

LSE Festival: Shaping the Post-COVID World – 1-6 March
1 – 6 March 2021 
LSE Festival is a week of virtual events free and open to all, taking place from 1 – 6 March 2021. This year’s theme is Shaping the Post-COVID World and will explore the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis. Full event programme here.


Moore, Brittany, Poss, Cheri, Coast, Ernestina, Lattof, Samantha R., Lattof, Samantha R. and van der Meulen Rodgers, Yana (2021) The economics of abortion and its links with stigma: a secondary analysis from a scoping review on the economics of abortion. PLOS ONE. ISSN 1932-6203

Wouters, Olivier J, Shadlen, Kenneth C, Salcher-konrad, Maximilian, Pollard, Andrew J, Larson, Heidi J, Teerawattananon, Yot and Jit, Mark (2021) Challenges in ensuring global access to COVID-19 vaccines: production, affordability, allocation, and deployment. The Lancet. ISSN 0140-6736

Sampat, Bhaven N. and Shadlen, Kenneth C. (2021) The Covid-19 innovation system. Health Affairs. ISSN 0278-2715 Item not available from this repository.

Bochsler, Daniel, Green, Elliott, Jenne, Erin, Mylonas, Harris and Wimmer, Andreas (2021) Exchange on the quantitative measurement of ethnic and national identity. Nations and Nationalism. ISSN 1354-5078

Leone, Tiziana, Sochas, Laura and Coast, Ernestina (2021) Depends who’s asking: interviewer effects in Demographic and Health Surveys abortion data. Demography, 58 (1). 31 – 50. ISSN 0070-3370

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.