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: DPU-UCL – Summer 2022


The DSA2022 Global Conference on ‘Just Sustainable Futures’ successfully hosted by UCL and the DPU: UCL, in a a joint effort led by the DPU, has hosted the largest ever Development Studies Association Conference on the theme of ‘just sustainable futures in a urbanising and mobile world’ (6-8 July).

DPU PhD student Javier Jileta leads the conceptualisation of a Prosperity Atlas for Mexico: Congratulations to DPU PhD student Javier Jileta who, in his appointment as Head of Investment Promotion at the Mexican Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the conceptualisation of a Prosperity Atlas for Mexico with UN Habitat and UN Industrial Development Organisation.

DPU student reaches semi-finals of Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition 2022 in London: We are delighted that the “People’s Projects” by Urwa Shahid, a DPU MSc Urban Development Planning student, made it to the semi-finals of the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition 2022 in London.

DPU research projects selected amongst UCL’s REF 2021 impact case studies: Congratulations to DPU’s Michael Walls, Adriana Allen, Emmanuel Osuteye, Cassidy Johnson and Rita Lambert whose research projects were amongst the twelve REF 2021 impact case studies submitted by The Bartlett that were deemed to be ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world leading’.

DPU participation at the 11th World Urban Forum: The DPU had a presence at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) in Katowice, Poland, which was held between 26–30 June 2022. Find out about the events in which DPU participated.


Call for Contributions for DPU workshop on COVID-19 and urban transformations
The Urban Transformations Cluster of the DPU is organising a workshop that will instigate critical discussions about the emergent forms of inequality and agency observed and experienced and during the pandemic. We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions.


Dans les villes judéo-arabes d’Israël, « la prochaine explosion n’est qu’une question de temps »: “In Israel’s Jewish-Arab cities, “”the next explosion is only a matter of time”””
Haim Yacobi interviewed for Le Monde article (subscription required).

Lebanese Yawmiyat (diaries): Archiving unfinished stories of spatial violence: By Camillo Boano, Hanadi Samhan, Dina Mneimneh, Hoda Mekkaoui


DPU Blog

Digital Media

Our home is on fire: climate emergency and the pandemic
A ‘(Post)Pandemic Planning in the South(s)’ event hosted by the Environmental Justice, Urbanisation and Resilience (EJUR) research cluster

Stories of Spatial Violence in Asian Cities
Hosted by Catalina Ortiz

MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development practice engagement student video outputs

No Tenant Left Behind

Work, Not Duty

Shifting Sanitation Realities

Human Waste: Fertile Ground for Change