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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King’s College London, Department of International Development, December news


The Department seeks to appoint a Senior Lecturer in International Development. The successful applicant will be an outstanding social scientist whose research is interdisciplinary with a focus on racial, economic and social justice, including the question of reparations. We particularly welcome critical scholarship which examines the structural inequities, intersectionalities and path dependencies of the modern social and economic order. Closes 5 December.

Papers and publications

Standing in the way of rigor? Economics’ meeting with the decolonization agenda. Ingrid Harvold Kvangravena and Surbhi Kesar’s new paper on decolonizing economics looks at the results of surveying 498 economists to evaluate possibilities and challenges associated with efforts to decolonize economics.

Latin America Bureau and King’s College London are proud to announce the debut work from the WRV collective, ‘Women Resisting Violence: Voices and Experiences from Latin America.’ The book is available to purchase from Practical Action Publishing.

New MA course

KCL’s new Development Studies MA will encourage students to reflect directly on how questions of social justice should be connected to the theory and practice of development, and in relation to race, class, gender and other identities. This concept of social justice will be used to investigate the legitimacy of power relations that shape social, political, and economic inequalities between different regions, states, groups and individuals. Students will study the politics of development itself, and be empowered to find and advance alternative ways of using development practice to create a better and more just world. Find out more.