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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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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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ODID News & publications – April


Short video app trialled in Bangladesh: Researchers at ODID and the University of Birmingham have developed and trialled a short video app targeted specifically at marginalised communities to enable them to share their skills and stories and generate income. Find out more

Reimagining refugee camps: IKEA invested nearly $100 million in five camps in Ethiopia with the aim of piloting a more sustainable model for refugee response; a new short documentary from the Refugee Economies Programme, which evaluated the initiative, outlines the lessons learned.

How COVID widens inequalities:COVID could reverse important gains in education attainment and future life chances for young people in developing countries – particularly the poorest and most vulnerable, according to the findings from the third round of Young Lives’ phone survey. Read more.

Age of agitation : Dan Hodgkinson is co-editing a new blog series for African Arguments – Age of Agitation: African Politics and the Question of Youth – which takes a generational perspective on social movements across Africa and asks, how are young people mobilising for political change?

How to fight inequality: A conversation We were delighted to host entrepreneur Djaffar Shalchi, founder of Millionaires for Humanity; Pilato, a Zambian rap artist and social activist; Ben Phillips, author of How to Fight Inequality and co-founder of the Fight Inequality Alliance; and Séverine Deneulin, Director of International Development at the Laudato Si’ Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford for a roundtable on How to Fight Inequality.

New publications

Christopher Adam and David Bevan (2020) ‘Tropical cyclones and post-disaster reconstruction of public infrastructure in developing countries‘, Economic Modelling

Sabina Alkire, Christian Oldgies and Usha Kanagaratnam (2021) ‘Examining multidimensional poverty reduction in India 2005/6–2015/16: Insights and oversights of the headcount ratio‘, World Development

Natalia Buitron and Hans Steinmüller (2020) (eds) Special Issue: The Ends of EgalitarianismL’Homme 236 (3)

Iriann Freemantle and Loren Landau (2020) ‘Migration and the African Timespace Trap: More Europe for the World, Less World for Europe‘, Geopolitics

Xiaolan Fu, David Emes and Jun Hou (2021) ‘Multinational enterprises and structural change in developing countries: A survey of literature’, International Business Review

Xiaolan Fu, Jing Zhang and Liming and Wang (2020) ‘The impact of Covid-19 and post-pandemic recovery: China and the world economy’, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies

David Jackman and Mathilde Maitrot (2021) ‘Allies among Enemies: Political authority and party (dis)loyalty in Bangladesh’, Modern Asian Studies

Taanya Kapoor and Ravinder Kaur (2021) ‘The Gendered Biopolitics of Sex Selection in India‘, Asian Bioethics Review 

Tom Lavers, Biruk Terrefe and Fana Gebresenbet (2021) ‘Powering development: the political economy of electricity generation in the EPRDF’s EthiopiaFutureDAMS Working Paper 014

Rasmus Lema, Xiaolan Fu and Roberta Rabellotti (2020) ‘Green windows of opportunity: latecomer development in the age of transformation toward sustainability‘, Industry and Corporate Change

Francesca Lessa (2021) ‘Remnants of Truth: The Role of Archives in Human Rights Trials for Operation Condor’Latin American Research Review

Yongjia Lin (Rebecca), Xiaoqing Fu (Maggie) and Xiaolan Fu (2021) ‘Varieties in state capitalism and corporate innovation: Evidence from an emerging economy‘, Journal of Corporate Finance

Claire MacPherson and Olivier Sterck (2021) ‘Empowering Refugees through Cash and Agriculture: A Regression Discontinuity Design‘, Journal of Development Economics

Muhammad Meki, Kate Roll and Simon Quinn (2021) ‘Mutuality and the Potential of Microequity’. In Colin Mayer, Bruno Roche (eds) Putting Purpose Into Practice: The Economics of Mutuality, Oxford University Press

Samuel  Ritholtz  and Rebecca Buxton (2021) ‘Queer kinship and the rights of refugee families’, Migration Studies

Liu Shi, Shaomeng Li and Xiaolan Fu (2020) ‘The fourth industrial revolution, Technological innovation and firm wages: Firm-level evidence from OECD economies‘, Revue d’économie industrielle