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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WICID Visiting Fellowship Programme  

WICID have relaunched their Visiting Fellowship for the 2022/23 academic year. For information on current fellows and to apply visit the fellowship web pages.


Professor Shirin Rai has co-authored an article, “Being Cared for in the Context of Crisis: Austerity, COVID-19, and Racialized Politics” in Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society.

Professor Vicki Squire is one of the editors of a Special Issue on Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space in Bordering Practices. You can read the Introduction she co-authored here and her individual article here

Data and Displacement is a two-year project that assesses the data-based humanitarian targeting of assistance to internally displaced persons in two contexts that are characterised by conflict and high levels of displacement: northern Nigeria and South Sudan. The project team launched its final project report and a new policy brief “Datafication of the Humanitarian Sector: Efficacy and Ethics” (authored by Prithvi Hirani and Robert Trigwell). Professor Squire has also written a blog based on findings detailed in the report, pointing to a disconnect between international humanitarian standards and practices on the ground, highlighting the need to revisit existing ethical guidelines such informed consent, and emphasising the importance of investing in data literacies.  

News and reviews

WICID’s Think Development Blog hosts ideas from academics, students, policymakers, and practitioners on how to address urgent problems of poverty, inequality and social, political and economic change while challenging global hierarchies of knowledge and resources. Recent blogs include:

WICID have published their Annual Report 2021-22, highlighting WICID and partners’ achievements throughout the year in research and publications, interdisciplinary events, Methods Lab, and Think Development platform.

In June 2022, Professor Shirin Rai was the joint recipient of the BISA Distinguished Contribution Prize. Watch the interview about her research, her career and more here

Widening Access to Higher Education in India is a new 4-year research project which aims to explore, consolidate, and maximise the role of higher education institutions through state university and college faculty members and college principals in providing guidance on HE access/choice in the communities they serve, to ensure that young people entering HE for the first time in their families and communities are making informed choices about their futures. Dr Emily Henderson and Dr Nidhi Sabharwal are PIs for the project, which builds on the earlier work done as part of the Fair Chance Foundation project A Fair Chance for Education: Gendered Pathways to Educational Success in Haryana

WICID’s newest organisational partner is ANEKED (African Network against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances). Led by women African human rights activists, ANEKED is an independent, non-political and non-religious civil society organisation that campaigns against forced disappearances and summary executions, advocating for justice for victims and their families. You can find more about WICID’s other partners here.  

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