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 – November


Rewatch: In conversation with the President of the Republic of Costa Rica
Former IDS student, President Carlos Alvarado Quesada spoke with IDS colleagues us just days after addressing fellow world leaders at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. Tune un for an opportunity to hear first-hand his aspirations for the crucial climate change negotiations.

IDS Annual Lecture with Samson Kambalu
Malawian born artist Samson Kambalu will deliver this year’s IDS Annual Lecture. Samson is a globally renowned artist and intellectual whose Antelope sculpture will feature on London Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth in 2022. 25 November 2021 from 17:00 to 18:30


Communications Assistant
The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) at IDS is seeking to recruit a Communications Assistant to be responsible for supporting the ICTD team to deliver high quality communications outputs and activities that promote its leading research, policy engagement, and capacity building work. Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 21 November 2021.

Post-Doctoral Researcher
The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) Team at IDS is seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher (PDR) to work on the DIGITAX Programme. The PDR will be responsible for leading both quantitative and qualitative research, primarily under the research component “Assessment of the impact of taxes on Digital financial services and the approach to designing effective taxation, which can impact the development of these markets and financial inclusion”. Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 21 November 2021.


IDS Annual Review 2020-21
Surveillance Law in Africa: a Review of Six Countries, by Tony Roberts, Abrar Mohamed Ali, Mohamed Farahat, Ridwan Oloyede and Grace Mutung’u
An Exploration of the Association Between Fuel Subsidies and Fuel Riots, by Neil McCulloch, Davide Natalini, Naomi Hossain and Patricia Justino
Student Wellbeing in Contexts of Protracted Violent Conflict, by Gauthier Marchais, Sweta Gupta and Cyril Brandt
The SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry, Edited by Danny Burns, Joanna Howard and Sonia M. Ospina


Contribution Analysis for Impact Evaluation (online)
Learn how to design impact evaluations more effectively using a contribution analysis approach. The course comprises two modules. The first module focuses on theory and methods. The second module focuses on participant’s personal projects and impact evaluation challenges. It is possible to register only for the first module. Course Date: From 31 January 2022 until 24 February 2022.

Shaping Policy with Evidence (online)
Gain the skills and knowledge to shape policy with evidence more effectively. The online programme combines lectures, peer learning webinars, group work, and presentations. Through the course, you will develop a framework for strengthening evidence-informed policy and practice focused around specific aspects of evidence literacy and adaptive policy engagement.  Course Date: From 18 January 2022 until 17 February 2022.

Using Participatory Action Research to Improve Development Practice (online)
Gain the skills and knowledge to design and carry out a genuinely participatory action research process. ou will also gain a practical understanding of how to achieve rigour using participatory methods and apply them at scale.  Course Date: From 17 January 2022 until 28 January 2022.

Using Participatory Action Research to Improve Development Practice (online)
Learn how to construct research proposals on tax and development to meet funding standards of international research bodies.  Course Date: From 25 September 2021 until 25 May 2022.