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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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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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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Recruiting Series Editors for the DSA-OUP Book series Critical Frontiers in International Development Studies

The DSA is seeking two new series editors for its book series in collaboration with OUP.

The series editor’s role

The series editor’s role is an exciting one, where you can help shape the debates at the forefront of development studies. Specifically, you will:

  • Recommend and approach authors for titles in the series
  • Review and comment on submitted book proposals and manuscripts
  • Advise on the academic merits and intellectual contribution of proposals
  • Recommend peer reviewers for those proposals which the series editors in consultation with OUP deem worthy of developing
  • Liaise with the authors regarding feedback and next steps
  • Provide editorial comments and guidance to authors on submitted manuscripts

The term is for 5 years in the first instance, with a possibility for one extension of an additional three years. One editor will start as soon as possible and the other will start later in 2022, with the aim to have an overlapping transition in the editorial team. The workload is approximately 12 days per year (one day per month), or more depending on the extent to which an editor decides to get involved in, for example, mentoring junior colleagues.

The series

For the past six years the Development Studies Association has been running a book series on Critical Frontiers of Theory, Research and Practice in International Development Studies, which is published by Oxford University Press. The founding editors of the series were Andrew Fischer (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands), Uma Kothari (University of Manchester, UK), and Giles Mohan (Open University, UK). At OUP, Adam Swallow is the Commissioning Editor for Economics and Development, who works closely with the series editors, coordinating the review process and publishing arrangements.

The series profiles research monographs that will shape the theory, practice, and teaching of international development for a new generation of scholars, students, and practitioners. Our objective is to set high quality standards within the field of development studies to nurture and advance the field, as is the central mandate of the DSA. Critical scholarship is especially encouraged, within the spirit of development studies as an interdisciplinary and applied field, with a classical focus on national and global processes of accumulation and structural transformation, and associated political, social, and cultural change. In this manner, the series seeks to promote a range of applied theory and empirics based on the analysis of historical development experiences, as was the methodological and epistemological strength of classical development studies. More information is available at: https://www.devstud.org.uk/publications/bookseries.

The application process

Applicants need to be nominated and seconded by two suitably qualified people. The application form (click here to download) should include a short CV alongside a 400 word vision statement about what you will bring to the editorial team and how you see the series evolving. These should be sent to Dr Andrew Fischer: [email protected].

The deadline for submission of applications is 28th January 2022. A committee comprising the series editorial team, a DSA Council representative and the OUP Commissioning Editor will assess the applications, schedule interviews and make the appointment decision, and you will be notified either way by February 25th 2022.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Andrew Fischer at [email protected].

For further information contact:

Andrew Fischer
Founding Editor of OUP book series
E: [email protected]

About the DSA

The Development Studies Association (DSA) is a UK based membership organisation for all those studying, researching and teaching in the field of global development. The DSA promotes and advances international development as a field of study, research and action. We aim to deepen understanding of how global poverty, inequalities, conflict and environmental destruction are produced, sustained and may be overcome, and how a better future may be advanced. The DSA is a membership organisation, with both individual and institutional members, and is wholly funded through its membership premiums and activities.

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