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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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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The DSA2022 Call for Papers is now open

Taking place on 6-8 July, the DSA 2022 Annual Conference, hosted and organised by UCL, brings together researchers and practitioners in the development studies field. The innovative conference format adopts a range of different approaches in order to get the most from the online format and make it even more inclusive. DSA and UCL aim to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and safe forum where the development studies community can share work, discuss their ideas and connect with others.

Following a successful call for panels, we are pleased to announce that the DSA2022 Call for Papers is now open. The deadline for submissions is 4 March 2022. Authors are limited to one paper and it is not possible to be a non-presenting co-author on multiple papers.

All proposals must be made via the online form and must include:

  • a paper title
  • the name/s, email address/es and organisational affiliations of author/s
  • a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
  • a long abstract of fewer than 250 words

The new and innovative format of the conference in 2022 aims to maximise the time to discuss and debate new evidence, approaches and ideas. Panel convenors have been free to choose from a range of formats, including paper-based sessions and a variety of different kinds of workshops, including roundtables and other more interactive formats. Authors can contribute papers to all panel formats, but it is important to acknowledge the requirements prior to submitting a proposal.

“To ensure that the time we spend online together at DSA2022 is lively and focused on discussion and exchange, presentations for paper-based panels will be available to watch in advance. All participants will be strongly encouraged to engage with these advance materials before the actual session. You can then ask questions and engage in conversation before the session as well as during the conference,” explains Sam Hickey, DSA President.

Paper and workshop presenters will upload their materials three weeks before the conference itself. These contributions can take multiple forms, including video, video with slides, slides with audio, podcast/audio only or text only. The input should be between 8 and 12 minutes (or equivalent in words, i.e. between 1,200 and 1,800 words, excluding references). We will also ask presenters who submit videos/audio recordings to either submit a written version OR edit the automatic captions (using very easy-to-follow instructions). This will enhance accessibility.

To ensure full understanding of the requirements of the panel/session before submitting a paper(s), authors are encouraged to carefully read the guidelines and rules on proposing papers.

For further information contact:
DSA Conference Organisation
E: [email protected]


This year’s DSA Annual Conference takes place online, from the 6 to the 8 July 2022. It is hosted and organised by University College London. The conference theme focuses on Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile world. The conference adopts justice and equity as central normative lenses to explore just futures in an urbanising and mobile world, facing a climate and ecological crisis in a pandemic or post-pandemic context. Find out more about the conference on the conference website. Join the conversation by using #DSA2022.

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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