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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

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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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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Latest news: LSE ID – April 2022


LSE ID’s response to the war in Ukraine

Students, staff and alum have been responding to the humanitarian crisis as a result of the Ukraine war on the LSE ID Blog. You can read the articles here.

ID Panel Event: Humanitarian implications of the Ukraine war

On Thursday 24 March the Department of International Development hosted a panel event on ‘Humanitarian implications of the Ukraine war’. ID’s Dr. Ian Madison chaired a panel of four speakers: Sir Mark Lowcock, Head of UNOCHA (2017-2021) and Permanent Secretary for DFID (2011-2017); Dr Stuart Gordon, Associate Professorial Lecturer in Managing Humanitarianism, LSE ID; Dr Eiko Thielemann, Associate Professor in Political Science and Public Policy, LSE Gov; and Anna Landre, Disability Justice Activist, LSE ID. If you missed it, you can watch/listen back to the event here. Photo: Anna Landre on Twitter.

Watch back recent event with ID alum Mike Quinn

On Tuesday 8 March ID alum Mike Quinn joined us for a virtual talk on ‘Failing to Win: Hard-earned lessons from a purpose-driven start-up”. Mike shared his story of success and failure with the digital money transfer start-up Zoona he co-founded in Zambia in 2009, a journey that led him to his new social enterprise, Boost, which powers growth for entrepreneurs in Africa’s informal economy. Watch it back here.

ID alum appointed Under-Secretary for International Economic Relations in Chile

Congratulations to ID Alumnus ID José Miguel Ahumada Franco who has been appointed Under-Secretary for International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile. José Miguel completed his MSc in Development Studies in 2012 before going on to do a PhD in Development Studies at Cambridge University.


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


Weigand, Florian (2022) Waiting for dignity: legitimacy and authority in Afghanistan. Columbia University Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9780231200493 (In Press) Item not available from this repository.

Bennett, Andrew, Charman, Andrew E. and Fairfield, Tasha (2022) Understanding Bayesianism: fundamentals for process tracers. Political Analysis, 30 (2). 298 – 305.

Faguet, Jean-Paul and Shami, Mahvish (2022) The incoherence of institutional reform: decentralization as a structural solution to immediate political needs. Studies in Comparative International Development, 57 (1). 85 – 112.  

Shami, Mahvish (2022) Access to justice in clientelist networks. British Journal of Criminology, 62 (2). 337 – 358.

Fergus, Cristin Alexis, Ozunga, Bono, Okumu, Noah, Parker, Melissa, Kamurari, Solomon and Allen, Tim (2022) Shifting the dynamics: implementation of locally driven, mixed-methods modelling to inform schistosomiasis control and elimination activities. BMJ Global Health, 7 (2)

Radicati, Alessandra (2022) World class from within: aspiration, connection and brokering in the Colombo real estate market. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 40 (1). 118 – 137.

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.

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 Covid‐19’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.