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: Practical Action Publishing – February 2022


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Somewhere to Live: Rising to the global urban land and housing challenge is publishing in March, and the author, Geoff Payne,is being interviewed by Humphrey Hawksley, BBC correspondent and successful thriller writer. To celebrate his ninth decade, Geoff has written Somewhere to Live about the universal dream we all have to live somewhere safe which we can afford and where we can raise our children and see them grow up and raise our grandchildren, too. Come fly with Geoff Payne talking to Humphrey on this funny, captivating and important Goldster Inside story at 12.00 Thursday February 10th 2022.

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Rarely do we really listen to and understand the intricacies and diversity of community life; too often we think we know what is best for others; seldom do we exhibit the necessary humility to learn from our mistakes and do better. This welcome book offers a breath of fresh air as it exposes some of the common mistakes outsiders make; provides insights which can deepen our understanding; and proposes ways by which communities can more truly participate in their own development.’ Richard Carter, water sector specialist and Consultant


When Communities Design Aid: Creating solutions to poverty that people own, use and need is for anyone hoping to design interventions that positively impact the lives of real people.

This issue debates microfinance regulations in emerging markets; the performance of microfinance institutions during the COVID19 pandemic; how savings and small loans have improved household welfare in Tanzania; and the inclusion, competitiveness, and sustainability in midstream Honduran coffee chains!

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