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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Practical Action Publishing latest publications – May

Mexico Inside Out

Nick Caistor

Mexico Inside Out is an intelligent overview of Mexico’s history, politics, society and culture, aimed at all who want a concise and readable guide that probes beyond the travel and tourism focus of many guidebooks.

Get your copy here.


Transdisciplinary Knowledge Co-production for Sustainable Cities

There is no single blueprint or template for co-producing knowledge.This guide helps transdisciplinary teams to work out their own approach according to their local contexts.

‘This book is overflowing with insights on transdisciplinarity, co-production and methods to support learning across boundaries in urban communities. Dive in, explore, and then translate this learning into your own practice!’ Professor Gerald Midgley, Co-Director of the Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull, UK

Visit the book’s dedicated website to explore the practice-oriented interactive web version of the guide, featuring further case studies and methodologies to apply to different settings.

Read the Open Access Guide here


‘An invaluable addition to the literature on the praxis of making markets work for the poor and offers much for newcomers to the field and seasoned practitioners alike.’ David Ferrand, Consultant

Read it Open Access here

Does Community Development Work?

Peter Westoby, Lucius Botes

The launch video for Does Community Development Work is a stimulating discussion on approaches to community development in South Africa.

Watch it here

Watch the virtual launch of the first book dedicated to self-supply, available it here.

Download your copy of the book Open Access or buy a print copy

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