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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 – May


Masooda Bano wins EUR2.45m to study Islamic conservatism: Professor Masooda Bano has been awarded a 2.45 million euro European Research Council Advanced Grant to study the persistent appeal of Islamic conservatism among young Muslims in Europe. Find out more.

New book by Alexander Betts on ‘wealth of refugees’: A new OUP book by Professor Alexander Betts asks how we can create sustainable refugee policies that enable displaced people to live in safety and dignity, while operating at scale, and argues that the key lies in unlocking the potential contributions of refugees themselves. Find out more.

Exploring structural transformation and economic growth: Listen to Doug Gollin and Joe Kaboski of Notre Dame University talking about their new Structural Transformation and Economic Growth research programme – including what we mean by ‘structural transformation’, why it’s been somewhat under-researched, how they plan to bring together a community of researchers and some of the big themes they hope to tackle.

Tom Scott-Smith traces social history of soup for BBC: Tom Scott-Smith explored the history of soup – the mainstay of emergency relief for centuries ­– in an essay for the BBC and suggested that humanitarian ideas rather than beneficiary needs have always determined what was on the menu.

Whose rights?: Advancing women’s land rights is a priority for international development but data from six African nations show that gender gaps in land rights differ depending on which indicators are used – ownership, management or control over outputs. Read a blog post co-authored by Cheryl Doss.

New publications

Kathrin Bachleitner (2021) Collective Memory in International Relations, Oxford University Press

Alexander Betts (2021) ‘Refugees And Patronage: A Political History Of Uganda’s “Progressive” Refugee PoliciesAfrican Affairs, DOI: 10.1093/afraf/adab012

Cheryl Doss (2021) ‘Diffusion and Dilution: The Power and Perils of Integrating Feminist Perspectives Into Household Economics’, Feminist Economics, DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2021.1883701

Claire MacPherson and Olivier Sterck (2021) ‘Empowering refugees through cash and agriculture: A regression discontinuity design‘, Journal of Development Economics, DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2020.102614

Catherine Porter, Mara Favara, Alan Sanchez and Douglas Scott (2021) ‘The impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on physical domestic violence: Evidence from a list randomization experiment’, SSM – Population Health, DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2021.100792

Kiros Birhanu, Alula Pankhurst, Karin Heissler and Jean Choi (2021) ‘“A Stranger in All Places”: Patterns and Experiences of Children and Young People Moving From Their Home Communities in EthiopiaYoung Lives Working Paper 194

Gina Crivello, Agazi Tiumelissan and Karin Heissler  (2021) ‘“The Challenges Made Me Stronger”: What Contributes to Young People’s Resilience in Ethiopia?Young Lives Working Paper 197

F García-Pardo, S Pérez-Moreno and E Bárcena-Martín  (2021). ‘Leaving no country behind in human development: A fuzzy approach’, OPHI Working Paper 136


‘Social norms, unpaid care work and gender-based violence’

Speakers: Amitabh Behar, Oxfam India CEO, Diya Dutta, independent consultant, Oxfam GB and Oxfam US, Amita Pitre, Oxfam India’s gender justice lead, Nandini Gooptu, chair

Tuesday 18 May 2021, 10:30 am Register here: https://bit.ly/32ZuEjR


Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture: ‘The afterlives of return and the limits of refugee protection’

Speakers: Professor Heath Cabot (University of Pittsburgh)


Learning from longitudinal studies in LMIC countries: pre & post-COVID

A conference organised by Young Lives, CLOSER and Lancaster University Management School

11-14 May 2021