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 – April 2022


WIDER Development Conference: The puzzle of peace – towards inclusive development in fragile contexts | 16-17 May | Registration open

Registration is now open for WIDER Development Conference: The puzzle of peace – towards inclusive development in fragile contexts. The conference is held on 16-17 May, 2022 in Helsinki, Finland. Audience members can join for the event online.

Across the two days, sessions cover a range of topics on the themes of peace, security, unrest, and the humanitarian fallout of conflict in different regions across the world. 

The programme includes a keynote presentation by Sir Tim Besley and panel discussions on peacebuilding challenges and on post-conflict recovery featuring esteemed experts such as Pekka Haavisto and Jutta Urpilainen. 300+ academics, policy practitioners, and development specialists — including from the United Nations, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the World Bank and other international organisations — join the programme. 

Bringing together experts from academic and policy spheres, this conference aims to contribute to solving the puzzle of peace through creating a platform for knowledge exchange, which can inspire and guide research and policy solutions. It provides an opportunity to identify challenges faced by practitioners working in fragile contexts and to discuss ways in which future research can support a way forward. Further, this event acts as a platform to stock of global progress towards achieving SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions.

Register and see the full programme here.


Panel discussion | Social mobility in the global south – Beyond poverty and inequality reduction | 6 April, London, United Kingdom

This panel discussion, organized in partnership with the University of Greenwich, London, is a part of the Social mobility in the Global South – concepts, measurements and determinants project. The panel will host book authors Vegard Iversen, Professor of Development Economics, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich | The state of knowledge about social mobility in the developing world, Divya Vaid, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University | Ethnographic insights on social mobility and Kunal Sen, Director, UNU-WIDER | Directions for research practice, knowledge gaps, and policy support. The event is chaired by Francisco H.G. Ferreira, Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies, London School of Economics.

Held in University of Greenwich Stockwell Street, 6 April 2022 at 15:30 – 17:30 (London) / 18:30 – 20:30 (UTC+3), this event is open for registration. More information and registration here.

WIDER Seminar Series | New topics weekly |

The WIDER Seminar Series is back! Join us for research seminars that showcase the latest research on key topics in development economics.
23 March | 15:00-16:00 Michele di Maio

31 March | 16:00-17:00 Tilman Brück

6 April | 16:00-17:00      Macartan Humphreys

20 April | 16:00-17:00    Pablo Warnes

27 April | 16:00-17:00    Saher Asad

See more here.