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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Practical Action Publishing latest publications – November

The Jeroen Ensink Memorial Prize commemorates the life and work of former Waterlines’ Editorial Board member Dr Jeroen H.J. Ensink, who was tragically killed in 2015. The prize celebrates research that translates into better practice and real impact.

The 2021 recipients are Bonface OkotchElsir Gadir Ahmmed ElsimatLibertad GonzalezJan HeegerJovana Dodos for their article ‘Are ceramic water filters effective in preventing diarrhoea and acute malnutrition among under-five children in Sudan?’ You can read it, open access, online.



Bridging the WASH Humanitarian-development Divide: Building a sustainable reality calls on humanitarian, development, and other professionals, in and outside the WASH sector, to work together to improve the long-term impact of sustainable WASH programmes in humanitarian contexts.



What if we understand cities not as engines of growth but of human development and well-being?

Cities for Human Development: A capability approach to city-making shows how urban decision-making can promote greater justice and solidarity.


Building with Lime Stabilized Soil

Stafford Holmes and Bee Rowan

What is the key to delivering housing that will protect people across the world from the effects of climate change and extreme weather? Durable, ecological, locally available building materials! This new book is a source of inspiration and empowerment.



Our book series Agrarian Change & Peasant Studies is now fully Open Access! The first book in the series is described as ‘The most sweeping, original, and discerning class analysis of agrarian history in many decades’.



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