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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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Institute of Development Studies, December news


Ben Selwyn has written for the Jacobin about Korean economist Ha-Joon Chang, who Selwyn says stops far short of questioning the capitalist system. Read more.


The ESRC STEPS Centre has updated its free online course on Pathways to Sustainability, with a series of six video lectures and reading lists. It’s open access, and will be of interest as background material for students and teachers on courses related to sustainability, political ecology and international development. There is no fee or time-limit for individuals who wish to take the course, and all the videos and most reading suggestions are Open Access. The course introduces a set of ideas, approaches, cases and methods for critical research and action on sustainability. Sections include:

  1. The Pathways Approach
  2. Uncertainty
  3. Technology & Innovation
  4. Resource Politics
  5. Policy Processes
  6. Methods and Methodologies

Also upcoming with IDS are short courses on:


8 December: Crisis, development and ecologies of the new commons:
Zoom webinar on how the arts be used in environmental communication and dialogue, using experiences from arts-led deliberation across Africa. 
7 December: Art, environnement et activisme en Afrique:
IDS and Zoom webinar on the ‘new commons’ emerging as a dynamic and plural space of experimentation, theorisation, research and practice. 


Rehabilitating Heritage After ISIS: Economic, Sociocultural, and Historical Considerations in the Case Studies of Al-Nouri Mosque
by: Al-Hadba Minaret, Lalish Temple and Wafaa Sabah Khuder
Engaging with Religious Inequality in Humanitarian Response: A Case Study from Iraq 2014–2019
By: Jeremy Barker
The Quest for Scalable Business Models for Mini-Grids in Africa: Implementing the Keymaker Model in Tanzania
By: Ana Pueto et al
What About Us? Global Perspectives on Redressing Religious Inequalities
Edited by Mariz Tadros

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