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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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Our Members

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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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

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Latest News: The Open University – April 2022


Doubly displaced in Ukraine  

Marie Gillespie talks to Olga in western Ukraine, who having had to flee her original home in 2014, is using her experience to help fellow Ukrainians experiencing forced displacement for the first time. Read more… 

New courses will empower world’s most disadvantaged women 

The OpenLearn platform is offering free courses on life and career planning in six languages as part of the UN Women’s Second Chance programme. Academic Lead on this project is Michael Ngoasong, with Business School colleagues Liz Daniel and Jo Brewis. Read more… 

Funding secured for Kenya entrepreneurship education programme 

Michael Ngoasong has secured £85,000 for Phase 2 of the international partnership project, Accelerating Entrepreneurship Support in Universities in Kenya. Read more… 

Law School’s research duo have got Seoul 

Kim Barker and Olga Jurasz have been awarded nearly £50,000 for their research project on digital and online violence in the UK and in South Korea. Read more… 

Expert on wealth accumulation in BBC Radio 4 discussion 

Susan Newman, who provided expert advice for the recent BBC2 TV series The decade the rich won, joined a descendant of the ‘Rothschilds of the East’, Joseph Sassoon, and Indian novelist Pankaj Mishra, to discuss wealth, influence and the global elite. Read more… 

What do climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic have in common? 

Both are global social problems which illustrate the difficulties of constructing forms of global governance that can deal with them, says Nicola Yeates in a co-authored blog marking the launch of the new edition of Understanding Global Social Policy (see Events below). Read blog… 

PhD student launches website to gather experiences of ‘misogynoir’ 

Joseph Kwarteng has launched the first-ever research platform to capture the particular intersection of misogyny and racial oppression experienced by Black women online. Read more.


Master your career in International Development with The Open University

Applications are now open for the online MSc in Global Development at the UK’s largest higher education institution, The Open University (OU).

The online MSc in Global Development critically examines development theory, policy and practice across a range of issues, including environmental sustainability, socio-economic security, global migration, conflict, and the changing politics of development, and equips students with essential skills for your career.

The OU is a global leader in distance education, with over 50 years of experience. Our courses are designed around the needs of those in full-time employment, or frequently on the move.

Students can work towards different levels of postgraduate qualification: a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma, or the full Masters degree.

Registration now open for October 2022 start, find out more at: https://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/qualifications/f86


The Spectre of State Capitalism 

Wed, 6 April 2022, 12:30 to 14:00 BST, online 

The talk draws upon a series of papers recently published on state capitalism, and a work-in-progress book-length manuscript. Join Ilias Alami from Maastricht University, author of Money Power and Financial Capital in Emerging Markets, which was shortlisted for the British International Studies Association 2020 best book in international political economy award, and Susan Newman, Professor of Economics at The Open University. Read more and register… 

Women and political dialogue in Libya: the challenges of participation on- and off-line 

27 April 2022, 12:30 to 14:00 BST 

We will be joined by Elham Saudi and Mohamed Elmessiry from Lawyers for Justice in Libya and Dr Olga Jurasz, a Senior Lecturer in Law at The Open University. Read more and register… 

Global social policy and governance: new realities, new challenges, new responses? 

RESHEDULED to Wed, 4 May 2022, 17:00 to 18.15 GMT, online   

Join Professor Nicola Yeates (The Open University), Dr Chris Holden (University of York) and Shahra Razavi (International Labour Organization) at this event marking the launch of the third edition of the leading textbook Understanding Global Social Policy. With a panel of world-leading scholars they explore major trends and challenges facing global social governance and policy today. Students and teachers are especially welcome to participate in this event. Read more and register… 


New approaches to learning and regulation in medical devices and diagnostics: insights from Indian cancer care 

This paper by Smita Srinivas and Dinar Kale offers a first step to analysing sub-sector variation in firms’ learning and the types of leads or lag in industrial regulation in the Indian health industry. Read… 

Patients’ pathways to cancer care in Tanzania: documenting and addressing social inequalities in reaching a cancer diagnosis Makene, F.S., Ngilangwa, R., Santos, C., Cross, C., Ngoma, T., Mujinja, P.G.M., Wuyts, M. and Mackintosh, M. 

This article by the Innovation for Cancer Care in Africa (ICCA) project investigates the extent and sources of late diagnosis of cancer in Tanzania. Read…