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, why it matters, how you can study and career prospects

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Our Members

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

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Governance

Find out about our constitution and how we are run

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People

Meet our Council members and other stuff who support the running of DSA

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About

The DSA Conference is an annual event which brings together the development studies community

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DSA2022

Our conference this year is themed "Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile 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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Publications

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 – March 2022

News

Blog | How will the Russia-Ukraine war be fought? External support and insurgency tactics | KIT RICKARD

In a scenario where Russia occupies Ukraine and the conflict is fought as an insurgency, the literature on external support — the often-covert provision of military support to rebels — can inform us on the future direction of the war. Read more on the blog here.

Blog | The conflict in Ukraine – The role of civilians | PATRICIA JUSTINO

While there is much to discuss about the geopolitics of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, let’s not forget the men, women and children of Ukraine who now face utter devastation to their lives – they matter. Read more on the blog here.

Blog | Bride price or dowry | MILLA NYYSSÖLÄ

Why is it that in some countries the parents of a bride pay dowry, whereas in some others the groom has to pay for the bride? What is the impact of different traditions on women’s lives? Read more on the blog here.

Events

WIDER SEMINAR | INDUSTRIALIZATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: IS IT RELATED TO POVERTY REDUCTION? | 9 MARCH

Gaaitzen de Vries presents at the WIDER Seminar Series on 9 March. Results from de Vries’ resent research suggests that structural change and agricultural productivity growth account for a substantial share of poverty reduction in developing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and that productivity growth in manufacturing accounts for poverty reduction in developing Asia, but not in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more and register here.

Opportunities

 UNU-WIDER WINTER SCHOOL ON TAX POLICY RESEARCH | APPLICATIONS OPEN

UNU-WIDER is launching a Winter School on tax policy research. The aim of the course is to provide African researchers with an understanding of the theories, methods, and data availability for conducting high quality analysis on tax and development economics. The course will take place in two parts during the period 31 May – 16 July 2022. The deadline for applications is 18 March 2022 23:59 UTC+2. More info and registration here.

REQUEST FOR RESEARCH PAPERS | DETECTING AND COUNTERING ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS

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. Submission deadline: 15 March 2022, 23:59 UTC+2. More information here.

CALL FOR PAPERS | WIDER DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNIANDES

UNU-WIDER seeks paper submissions for the 2022 WIDER Development Conference on reducing inequality. Paper submissions on the general topic of inequality and progress on SDG10 are welcome, including but not limited to those which explore trends, drivers, consequences in inequalities, methods, data, or policies, inequalities across various dimensions (earnings, income, education, health, subjective wellbeing, etc.), vertical and horizontal inequalities, global inequalities, and inequalities within countries, mainly in developing countries. More information here.

VISITING PHD FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME | APPLICATIONS OPEN

Our Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme gives registered doctoral students an opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research on developing economies, and to work with our researchers in areas of mutual interest. Deadline for applications is 31 March 23:59 UTC+3. More information here.