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 – October


IDS Annual Review 2020-21: This has been an extraordinary year for the Institute. The Covid-19 pandemic and its health, social, economic and political impacts have created massive disruptions, transforming how people live and organisations function throughout the world.

Calling out workplace sexual harassment in Ugandan markets: Recently, as part of the Gendered Price of Precarity project, youth researchers have been looking into the experiences of women working in Ugandan markets.

IDS Director awarded Fellowship at Academy of Social Sciences: Professor Melissa Leach, the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), has received the Award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in recognition of her significant contribution to social science.

Not all meat and milk is the same: new report on livestock and the climate: The global picture of livestock’s impacts on climate change has been distorted by faulty assumptions that focus on intensive farming in rich countries, according to a new report published by the PASTRES research programme.

Challenges and opportunities for the UK’s new Foreign Secretary: The UK has a new Secretary of State to lead the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office at a crucial stage for the future direction of its international development strategy.


Sussex Development Lectures
The Sussex Development Lecture series is an opportunity to hear from leading global thinkers on development. It is jointly run by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the School of Global Studies , the Science Policy and Research Unit (SPRU) and the Centre for International Education (CIE), based at the University of Sussex. All lectures are live streamed online and all recordings will be made available afterwards on the IDS website event page and the IDS YouTube channel.

Webinar: Decolonising development, imagining otherwise
To mark Black History Month 2021 IDS is convening a seminar, along with the British Library for Development Studies (BLDS), that looks to explore the ways in which development can be viewed as a project that supports coloniality, while also aiding the reproduction of Western colonialist and orientalist views of Afro/Caribbean histories, communities and pedagogies. Takes place on 20 October 2021 at 13:00–14:00. To attend register here.

Webinar: Agroecology: Science and Movement
Agroecology is both the science that allows us to design agroecosystems that are more sustainable and socially just, largely based on small-scale producers of food, and also represents a global movement to transform to current globalized food system that is dominated by a handful of corporations. Takes place on 19 October 2021 at 15:00–16:00. Email [email protected] for event link.


Partnerships and Fundraising Officer
An an exciting opportunity to join the Fundraising & Development Office at IDS who are working to develop a strategic and powerful approach to fundraising and development. Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Sunday 17 October 2021.

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is seeking to recruit for a Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist to focus on the MEL of research and knowledge mobilisation. . Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 31 October 2021.

Project Research Officer
The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) team at IDS are seeking to appoint a Project Research Officer. The Project Research Officer will work on the DIGITAX Programme and will contribute to innovative and high-quality research on taxing the digital economy, the use of technology in tax administration, and tax administration and compliance. Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 31 October 2021.