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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 and decolonising development.

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We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

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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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Latest news: LSE ID – February 2022


PhD candidate in ID Michael Mugisha quoted in The Economist

Michael Mugisha, a PhD student in the department, was quoted in an article published in The Economist earlier this month, “Middlemen are the invisible links in African agriculture”. You can read the article open access here.

Prof. Jean-Paul Faguet on the economic effects of Omicron

In late December, ID’s Professor Jean-Paul Faguet was interviewed by Argentina’s largest daily newspaper, Clarín, on the economic effects of the omicron wave. Read the interview here. You can also listen to a radio broadcast on on Corresponsales en Linea where Prof. Faguet spoke on the same topic here.

Cutting Edge Issues Podcast Series 
You can now listen to the latest Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice lectures via all major streaming platforms.

You can listen to the following recent event podcasts:

Listen and subscribe to the series on: AppleSpotifyGoogle and Amazon.  

Job opportunity: Senior Programme Manager at PfAL

The Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) is an extra-curricular programme focused on leadership development, skills development, and networking, available to post-graduate students of African nationality currently studying at LSE. PfAL brings together bright and ambitious African graduate students at LSE to support their development into value-driven and effective leaders through a structured set of activities and events, creating an alumni network whose members are committed to having a positive impact on the lives of people on the continent.

The Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa (FLIA) is looking for an experienced, dynamic, motivated, organised and personable senior manager for PfAL who will be responsible for all aspects of the programme and student experience. The post holder is expected to manage the recruitment and admission of students into the programme each year, as well as design and tailor the yearly programme to achieve learning objectives and outcomes. The post holder will also take the lead on the strategic development of the programme as it continues to grow.


Latin America and the Caribbean continues to be one of the slowest growing regions in the world and its citizens among the least satisfied with democracy. We trace these phenomena back to a crisis of trust and citizenship in the region.

Monday 28 March 2022, 4.30pm – 6pm | Online event 
Speakers: Philip Keefer, Professor Aldo Madariaga and Dr Erin McFee
Chair: Professor Jean-Paul Faguet


Madon, Shirin and Krishna, S. (2022) Theorizing community health governance for strengthening primary healthcare in LMICs. Health Policy and Planning.

Madon, Shirin, Ranjini, C.R. and Krishnan, R.K. (2022) Aadhaar and social assistance programming: local bureaucracies as critical intermediary. Information Technology for Development.

Radicati, Alessandra (2021) World class from within: aspiration, connection and brokering in the Colombo real estate market. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

Gallien, Max and Weigand, Florian, eds. (2021) The Routledge handbook of smuggling. Routledge Handbooks Online. Routledge, London

Madon, Shirin and Schoemaker, Emrys (2021) Digital identity as a platform for improving refugee management. Information Systems Journal, 31 (6). 929 – 953. ISSN 1350-1917

Leone, Tiziana, Sochas, Laura, Fetters, Tamara and Coast, Ernestina (2021) Prioritizing the needs of adolescents by building the evidence base for life-saving impact of scaling up contraception and abortion for adolescents in Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia using LiST and FamPlan. In: 2021 IUSSP International Population Conference, 2021-12-05 – 2021-12-10

Kirk, Thomas, Green, Duncan, Allen, Tim, Carayannis, Tatiana, Bazonzi, José, Ndala, José, Stys, Pat, Muzuri, Papy, Nyenyezi Bisoka, Aymar, Vlassenroot, Koen, Diing Akoi Nyuon, Abraham, Macdonald, Anna, Owor, Arthur, Storer, Liz, Okello, Joseph, Hopwood, Julian, Porter, Holly E., Oryem, Robin, Parker, Melissa and Akello Ayebare, Grace (2021) Crisis responses, opportunity and public authority during Covid19’s first wave in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Disasters, 45 (S1). S195 – S215.

Keen, David (2021) Does democracy protect? The United Kingdom, the United States, and Covid-19. Disasters, 45 (S1). S26 – S47.

Blackmore, Kara and Okwenje, Bathsheba (2021) Repairing representational wounds: artistic and curatorial approaches to transition after war. Critical Arts, 35 (4). pp. 103-122.

Hochstetler, Kathryn (2021) Climate institutions in Brazil: three decades of building and dismantling climate capacity. Environmental Politics, 30 (sup1). 49 – 70. ISSN 0964-4016

Faguet, Jean-Paul and Shami, Mahvish (2021) The incoherence of institutional reform: decentralization as a structural solution to immediate political needs. Studies in Comparative International Development.

Forsyth, Tim and Springate-Baginski, Oliver (2021) Are landscape approaches possible under authoritarianism? Multi-stakeholder governance and social transformation in Myanmar. Environmental Science and Policy, 124. 359 – 369. ISSN 1462-9011

Leonardi, Cherry, Storer, Elizabeth and Fisher, Jonathan (2021) Geographies of unease: witchcraft and boundary construction in an African borderland. Political Geography, 90. ISSN 0962-6298

Coast, Ernestina, Merci Mwali, Marie, Isimbi, Roberte, Ngabonzima, Ernest, Pereznieto, Paola, Buzby, Serafina, Dutton, Rebecca and Baird, Sarah (2021) If she’s pregnant, then that means that her dreams fade away: exploring experiences of adolescent pregnancy and motherhood in Rwanda. European Journal of Development Research, 33 (5). pp. 1274-1302. ISSN 0957-8811 

Moore, Brittany, Van Der Meulen Rodgers, Yana, Coast, Ernestina, Lattof, Samantha R. and Poss, Cheri (2021) History and scientific background on the economics of abortion. PLOS ONE, 16 (9). ISSN 1932-6203

Boone, Catherine, Bado, Brice, Mah Dion, Aristide and Irigo, Zibo (2021) Push, pull, and push-back to land certification: regional dynamics in pilot certification projects in Côte d’Ivoire. Journal of Modern African Studies, 59 (3). 247 – 272. ISSN 0022-278X

Chiweshe, Malvern, Fetters, Tamara and Coast, Ernestina (2021) Whose bodies are they? Conceptualising reproductive violence against adolescents in Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia. Agenda. ISSN 1013-0950 Item availability may be restricted.