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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Latest News: The Open University – February 2022


Development Masters secures fifteen 2022 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships
The Development Policy and Practice (DPP) group bid led by Dr Frangton Chiyemura has gained the maximum Scholarship award, which will enable 15 Ugandan students to study the new MSc in Global Development programme in their home country. Read more… 

Final presentation of Futurelearn safeguarding course begins
The third and final presentation of the popular Introduction to Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector has started, but there’s still time to sign up.

DPP research helps build up the picture of Chinese global interests 
Dr Frangton Chiyemura of DPP has created a simplified profile of Chinese-backed wind energy projects in Ethiopia for the publicly available People’s Map of Global China. Read more…

What Pakistan hopes to gain from the Winter Olympics
Pakistan has just one athlete at Beijing, so why are they sending a high-level delegation? Dr Filippo Boni, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, provides some insight. Read more…

New technology will help protect vulnerable communities around the world from flooding
Dr Andrea Berardi who led a research project to stop the spread of malaria is now co-leading, with Dr Alessandra Marino, a UK Space Agency project to monitor the potential extent of flooding globally. Read more…

Migrant health workers at greatest risk from COVID-19, report concludes
The first research to investigate how many migrant health workers have died with COVID, led by Professor Nicola Yeates, is published by the global trades union federation Public Services International. For the full picture click for a detailed article and a number of factsheets.

AHRC-funded storytelling research project now live
The Ibali Project is a £610k study of educational inclusion/exclusion across the UK, South Africa and Nigeria led by Dr Alison Buckler. It includes a digital storytelling strand with young people and teachers; a critical ethnography of the storytelling research process; and a storytelling knowledge exchange hub. Read more…

Study aims to improve prospects for marginalised school students in under-resourced countries
ReMaLIC, a British Council-funded project led by Professor Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, is collecting first-hand accounts of 13-15 year olds, their parents and their teachers, to understand the roles of the English language and technology in reinforcing or reducing marginalisation. Click here for a blog post with more details.

Open University’s classic Development textbook, Poverty and Development in the Twenty-First Century, turns 30
The book that started life as a Open University course set text has proved a hit with generations of Development students. Read more.