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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

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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

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Latest news: DPU-UCL – January 2022


DPU collaborative project shortlisted for the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2021: “The submission, “Will I Cause Harm?”, was prepared by The Bartlett School of Architecture’s David Roberts, Jane Rendell and Yael Padan, and the DPU’s Emmanuel Osuteye and DPU PhD candidate Ariana Markowitz

DPU partner ‘Public Works’ wins Gold Award at World Habitat Awards 2021: Public works is a research-based studio, co-founded by DPU alumna Abir Saksouk-Sasso and Nadine Bekdache. . The DPU are excited to announce that its housing rights project, the Housing Monitor, has been named a Gold Award Winner in this year’s World Habitat Awards.

DPU staff awarded UCL Global Engagement Fund for research project proposals: Congratulations to Prof Julio Davila, Dr Alexandra Panman, Prof Haim Yacobi, Dr Barbara Lipietz and Dr Rita Lambert who have successfully received funding from UCL’s Global Engagement Fund 2020/21 call.


Re-earthing Urban Design: Radical theory and practices
Urban Design Conversations
04 February 2022, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Registration: https://ucl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ffe_6Eq3T8uAWwaViuTNNA

The future of Urban Equality: Knowledge, partnerships and pathways in action
The Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) programme would like to share 4 years of research and capacity building.
07 – 10 February 2022, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm (GMT).

Registrations and further details will be made available on the conference webpage


How to teach urban health during lockdown: When the pandemic prevented staff and students from the Development Planning Unit from travelling, they turned seminar pace into a global urban laboratory.

Navigating space under lockdown: The impact of lockdown has disproportionately fallen on Black and minoritised ethnic young people. A pilot study shows how much work needs to be done in this area.

Urban Farms: Models from a new economic order: Starting at the level of allotment and working up to the level of national and international strategy, we need to deign systems which allow ecologies to govern themselves.

Mapping lockdown’s impact on community planning groups: Covid-19 and its mitigating measures have affected those who are promoting a more equitable planning systems in London: an issue which must be addressed.


DPU News Issue 69
Focus on ‘Net Zero’ and the State: What can we learn from China’s experience?
By Le-Yin Zhang

Conducting and Financing Low-Carbon Transitions in China
By Le-Yin Zhang

Community-led housing in Yangon: An assessment of the Mae Myit Thar project
By Marina Kolovou Kouri & Shoko Sakuma

Working Nights: municipal strategies for nocturnal workers
By Alessio Kolioulis, Julian Siravo, Paul Apostolidis, Camille Kummer-Buléon, Louis Matheou, Cosimo Campani

DPU Blog

World toilet Day 2021: toilets are seats of gender equality! Why? Because the gendered taboos surrounding toilets & sanitation deeply impact women and girls, By Nelly M Leblond and Claudy Vouhé (L’être égale), with contributions from Penda Diouf (OGDS), Angèle Koué (GEPALEF), Astrid Mujinga (CFCEM/GA), Jeannine Raoelimiadana (SiMIRALENTA) and Mina Rakotoarindrasata (Genre en Action), and Adriana Allen (DPU)

DPU, CatalyticAction, UN-Habitat and UNICEF create a practical handbook for co-designing with children affected by displacement, By Aishath Green

Digital Media


Towards Anticolonial Design: A Methodological Approach To Activist Practice
Urban Design Conversations

Co designing built interventions with children affected by displacement
DPU Dialogues in Development

Three short videos were presented by DPU’s OVERDUE project at the Sanitation Workers Forumbuilding networks of sanitation workers by Festo D Makoba (CCI Tanzania), women in the formal sanitation sector by Angèle Koué (GEPALEF Ivory Coast), Jeannine Bola Ramarokoto (SiMIRALENTA, Madagascar) and Mina Rakotoarindrasata (Genre en Action, Madagascar) and women’s invisible sanitation work by Ndéye Penda Diouf (OGDS).