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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DSA statement on reduction to UKRI’s ODA- funded budgets

The Development Studies Association strongly condemns the significant reduction to UKRI’s Official Development Assistance (ODA)-funded budgets for international research. The cuts will be unconscionably damaging to the UK’s research base and directly contradict government’s commitment to ‘science, research and technology’ as one of the key global challenges that the UK is well-placed to address. In the year that UK hosts the upcoming G7 Summit and COP26, it will leave the UK out of step with global efforts to tackle grand challenges through research led initiatives.

ODA-funded research has played a critical role in enabling the UK to become a world leader in tackling global challenges, including through The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Newton Fund. Operating through interdisciplinary partnerships with research collaborators throughout the Global South, UK development research has been a major success story, ensuring evidence-based responses to problems such as Covid-19, global health, conflict, poverty and inequalities, urban transformations, gender equity, inclusive growth and youth employment, and climate and environmental justice.

The proposed cuts will leave a £120 million hole in ODA-funded research for 2021-22. There is no systematic, logical or fair way that cuts of this magnitude and pace can be implemented, with arbitrary decisions inevitable. UK research institutions will not be able to fulfil agreements with overseas partners who are relying on receiving the full value of agreed allocations, many of which have already been written into contracts. Relationships of trust built up over many years between UK researchers and institutions in the Global South will be damaged and the capacity of UK universities to recruit global talent severely diminished. The decision sends a message that the UK government only values ‘equitable partnerships’ in the good times. The reputational damage to the UK Government and to UK researchers and research institutions will be considerable. Moreover, these cuts undermine the broader agreement between government and the university sector, which has pivoted towards the global challenges agenda and dedicated significant resources to support development research.

The DSA urges The Government to reconsider these cuts to research funding and renew its commitment to supporting the UK’s world-leading contributions to achieving a safer, more equitable and prosperous world.

On behalf of the DSA and Heads of Development Studies centres across the UK.