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 – March

Giving Voice to marginalised members of Africa’s LBGTQ+ community 
Dr Craig Walker’s research with trans women activists in Maputo is eye-catching – that’s the point.

Zimbabwe gives seal of approval to Open University learning material designed for disadvantaged teenage girls
The Open University’s SAGE education programme will be ideally suited to support girls’ home learning during the pandemic.

Open University works with United Nations to support world’s most disadvantaged women 
A £400,000 grant from UN Women, to create affordable learning and employment pathways for marginalised women in six countries, has been won by the Open University’s International Development Office and its Faculty of Business and Law. The project will be led by Dr Michael Ngoasong in the OU Business School.

Former International Development Secretary launches new BME seminar series 
Baroness Amos spoke at the opening of Dismantling Racial Inequalities in Higher Education, the first in a series of events hosted by The Open University’s newly-created Black and Minority Ethnic Researchers Group. 

Funding for new study on how COVID impacts HE in low-income countries
Professor Agnes Kukulska-Hulme will lead this investigation which is funded by the Open University’s Rapid Response scheme.

KMi presentation at launch of STEM education hub targeting research and education in Brazil
The Knowledge Media Institute is a member of the newly formed hub which aims to promote debate around key research and teaching areas in Brazil and the UK, and to support academic researchers and international collaboration in a way that promotes equality, citizenship, and sustainable development.

Pandemic ‘doing the legwork’ for researchers seeking to challenge norms of power and methodology
COVID-19 is forcing UK-based researchers to question the ease with which they can just hop on a plane and get access to schools and communities, writes Dr Alison Buckler in Times Higher Education.

Open University graduate’s teaching prize is – a house
Nigerian Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship student Ayodele Odeogbola had lost his home, but his award-winning Masters open education project won him a new one. 

Unpacking the myth of race 
Dr Lystra Hagley Dickinson and Dr Mark Pinder have worked with the BBC to create a short video asking if there is any biological basis for categorising humans by race?