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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SOAS Department of Development, December news


The Centre for the Study of Illicit Economies, Violence and Development at SOAS, and the Royal United Services Institute, are organising a series of six seminars which will bring together academics, students, policy makers and practitioners with an interest and engagement in questions of illicit economies, violence and development.

The next event is 8 December on the everyday life of drugs: producers, dealers, consumers, enforcers. The event takes place at SOAS but can be watched online. Register on Eventbrite.

The seminar on 12 January 2023 entitled “Militias, coercive brokers and public authority” will explore the entanglements between para state armed groups, illicit economies, organised crimes and formal politics. Register for the online event.

In the news:

Gilbert Achcar, Professor of Development Studies and International Relations spoke to Iran International News channel about the current situation in Iran. Watch on Youtube.