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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IDD, University of Birmingham: Event, Publications & News – May

Upcoming Events

  • On Weds 26th May (12.30pm-2pm) Dr Rebecca Gordon (IDD) will discuss the joint project by the Development Leadership Programme (DLP) and Westminster Foundation of Democracy (WFD): “How can MPs support inclusive change?” Register here to attend.
  • On Weds 16th June (4pm-5.30pm) IDD PGRs are organising a panel on: ‘Conceptual and Practical Challenges in Contemporary Environmental Conservation’. Register here to attend.


Jasmine Burnley contributed case study on ‘Absent Citizenship: A Case Study of the Rohingya‘ in the European University Institutes’ Working Paper: Revocation of Citizenship: The New Policies of Conditional Membership, Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies, GLOBALCIT.

Nic Cheeseman published a new article in the Journal of Democracy on the prospects for democratisation in Tanzania, summarised in this blog

Sian Herbert authored ‘Donor support to electoral cycles’, 2021, a K4D Helpdesk Report, Brighton, UK: IDS.

Sian Herbert & Heather Marquette published a ‘COVID-19, governance, and conflict: emerging impacts and future evidence needs. K4D Emerging Issues Report 34’, 2021, Brighton, UK: IDS.

Rebecca Gordon and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy published a report on ‘Women’s political careers: where do leaders come from?’which focused on what factors and policies support and hinder women’s decision and ability to become political leaders.

Alina Rocha Menocal contributed two chapter to the Edward Elgar ‘Research Handbook on Democracy and Development, edited by Gordon Crawford and Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai: Chapter 3 on “Democracy and development: moving beyond the conundrum” and Chapter 21 on “Why inequality is democracy’s catch-22”.

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