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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King’s College London News & Events – November


10 November 2021, 17:00 to 18:30

Robtel Neajai Pailey (LSE) grapples with this question and more in her engaging monograph. Drawing on rich life histories from over two hundred in-depth interviews in West Africa, Europe, and North America, she examines socio-economic change in Liberia, Africa’s first black republic, through the prism of citizenship.

This event will take place in the Nash Lecture Theatre, with drinks in the Somerset Room.

If you are an external attendee from outside KCL, you must register for this event no later than 12 midday the day before. Please note that the events work on a first-come first-serve basis, so do come on time to ensure you get a spot.


Yundan Gong has published in Journal of Development Studies about China’s meteoric economic transformation and the extent to which new products are triggered by exports (direct effects) and by exposure to other exporters (indirect effects).

Robyn Klongler-Vidra and Ye Liu have co-authored a paper examining the migration patterns of high-performing entrepreneurs, like Jack Ma (the founder of Alibaba). Rather than transnational or location-based explanations, their findings point to sub-national migration patterns within China—to and within coastal urban areas—as more likely to drive entrepreneurial performance. Published in the Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship

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