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: UNU-WIDER News – February 2022


Request for research proposals | Detecting and countering illicit financial flows – Second call

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) together with the Development Economics Research Group at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH-DERG) invite proposals for papers examining the challenge of illicit financial flows. Proposals from individuals (or groups of individuals) as well as non-profit organizations are welcome. Submission deadline: 15 March 2022, 23:59 UTC+2. Read more at https://go.unu.edu/egZQp

Call for papers | WIDER Development Conference in Bogota

The International Economic Association (IEA) and UNU-WIDER will co-host two joint sessions during the 2022 WIDER Development Conference, to be held (on-site) in Bogota, Colombia, on October 5-7, 2022, in partnership with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES). We seek papers in the broad area of technology and labor market inequality. Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2022. Read more at https://go.unu.edu/UjCz0

Blog | Above or below the poverty line

Did you know that only about one third of the data used to estimate global poverty rates is from real survey data? What does this mean for how we measure poverty around the world?
Find out in the new blog by Andy Sumner, Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez, based on their new journal article with Chris Hoy.


Women’s day special – Women’s work | 8 March, 16:00 UTC+2

The gender gaps in pay and labour force participation are real and persistent worldwide. Women often occupy the worst-paid jobs with the least protection, while gender-related social norms often hinder women’s access to better opportunities. How do the processes of economic development and social change affect women’s labour market outcomes? Join us in this Women’s Day special webinar. Register at: https://www.wider.unu.edu/node/239719/


Journal Article | Income distribution and the potential of redistributive systems in Africa

Redistributive systems in Africa are still in their infancy but are expanding in order to finance increasing public spending. This study aims at characterising the redistributive potential of six African countries: Ghana, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa. Read more at https://go.unu.edu/h2uPS

Journal Article | Rural financial intermediation and poverty reduction in Ghana

The financial sector in rural areas, where most of the poor people in sub-Saharan Africa are found, has transformed massively in recent times, notably through the increased penetration of several types of rural financial intermediaries in addition to rural and community banks and microfinance institutions. Read more at https://go.unu.edu/ZdV6X

Journal Article | On the impact of inequality on growth, human development, and governance

With particular attention to work in economics, which is especially developed on these topics, this article reveals that the existing evidence is somewhat mixed and argues for further in-depth empirical work across disciplines. It also points to explanations for the lack of consensus embedded in data quality and availability, measurement issues, and shortcomings of the different methods employed.

Read the article here: https://go.unu.edu/XknZE

Book | Social Mobility in Developing Countries

The edited volume Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Concepts, Methods, and Determinants fills a crucial gap in social mobility studies and provides the foundation for future research on social mobility in countries of the Global South. As of 21 December 2021 the first press of the book is available from Oxford University Press, both in hardcover and free to download via full open access. Read more at https://go.unu.edu/5jNLa


Administration Team Assistant

UNU-WIDER is looking for a professional Administration Team Assistant to provide front-desk and administrative services to our Helsinki office.

As the frontline representative of the office, the Administration Team Assistant will screen visitors, manage phone and postal services, and provide meeting and logistical assistance. Supporting the safety and security of UNU-WIDER personnel and visitors, including monitoring door access and CCTV activity, supporting fire and safety protocols, and updating databases, will be a key feature of this dynamic position. Apply at  https://go.unu.edu/pJNGS