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 from GDI – March 2022


New Handbook Launch
This month The Routledge Handbook of Global Development was published. Listen to an exclusive series of podcasts with the core-editorial team, including Nicola Banks on her section ‘Game Changers for Global Development?‘ 

African Cities Research Consortium: Keep an eye out next month for outputs from the Covid Collective, with research centred in four of ACRC’s focus cities: Kampala, Nairobi, Lilongwe and Mogadishu. 

Johan Oldekop has been awarded a grant of €2 million to investigate sustainable forest transitions. Over the next five years, the project will investigate the environmental and social outcomes of reforestation processes. Find out more.


GDI Lecture Series: There are two events remaining in the 2021-22 GDI Lecture Series.

Hybrid lecture on Global Covid Vaccines Inequalities on Wed 16th March (4pm GMT)

Hybrid lecture on the recently concluded “Shifting South” research project on Wed 23rd March (4.30pm GMT)

To register and for full details, please use the above links.

FutureDAMS Final Webinar Series: this large research project comes to an end, there is a closing seminar series summarising the research done. The next webinar on Tues 9th March at 4pm GMT, when contested baselines and transboundary water resources are explored through the case of the Nile river. Use the link to register.


Diana Mitlin has recently authored two papers addressing the crisis in urban water access and understanding the sanitation crisis in global South cities.