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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IDS News – August


Religious inequalities and trafficking in persons: when the state is complicit: A collaboration with Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) highlights how religious inequalities can feed directly into trafficking and forced labour.

Monitoring sanitation campaigns: Targets, reporting and realism. The Sanitation Learning Hub’s latest Frontiers of Sanitation edition shares key lessons learnt from government sanitation campaigns around the world, including India, China, Nigeria, Vietnam and Zambia.

Covid-19 research exposes food security crisis for women and informal workers: Experts are calling for national level policy reforms to protect the food and livelihood security of those hardest hit by Covid-19 – women and workers in the informal economies of low- and middle-income countries.


Development studies top summer reading recommendations
For anyone with an interest in development studies, IDS have put together a selection of recently published titles from IDS that reflect a wide range of themes.


Working with governments and utilities throughout the pandemic
The Sanitation Learning Hub and UNICEF are hosting a webinar series looking at ways programmes have overcome unforeseen challenges to continue to improve access to sanitation during and after the pandemic. Date: 17 August 2021, 11:00 to 12:30 (UK summer time), on Zoom. Register here.

Sanitation, hygiene and the new normal
The webinar series aims to provide practical ideas for the sector to progress towards SDG 6.2 in a changing world. Speakers will present practical examples of initiatives which have continued pursuing long-term sanitation and hygiene objectives during the pandemic, and will discuss successes, setbacks and adaptations. Date: 31 August 2021, 11:00 to 12:30 (UK summer time), on Zoom. Register here.


IDS is looking to recruit quantitative focused research officer for the Building Resilience in Crisis through Education (BRiCE) project on education in Niger and DRC. Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Thursday 12 August 2021

Head of Knowledge Impact and Policy
The overall purpose of this role is to help shape IDS’ approach to strengthening the linkages between evidence, policy and practice in order to promote a more equitable and sustainable world. Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Sunday 15 August 2021