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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New area of research interest for Parliamentary select committee

The House of Commons International Development Committee have published an updated Area of Research Interest to support the Committee’s scrutiny of the UK’s international development strategy and funding: Select Committee Area of Research Interest: The impact of the UK’s International Development funding). Academics at all career stages, research institutions, and experts are encouraged to register their interest in these ARIs, add their existing research in the topic areas to the ARI repository, provide their insights, and suggest questions that the Committee could be asking the Government. ​ 

The ARI includes several specific areas of interest. These include evaluating the impact of UK aid spending, as well as the UK spending through development finance institutions, the availability and quality of data on the UK Government’s contribution to international development and the impact of in-country refugee costs on wider UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) effectiveness. 

The research and insights contributed in response to this ARI will help support the International Development Committee’s scrutiny of the UK’s international development funding. When researchers register on the repository, parliamentary staff will be able to access the information entered to inform their work. They may also contact researchers when they are seeking experts to contribute to the Committee’s work.​ 

ARIs are being used by some Parliamentary select committees as a further method for engagement with the research community, in addition to their calls for evidence based on their current priorities and inquiries. 

It is planned to keep the ARI open for responses until 17 April 2023, and information provided by researchers in response to the ARI will be reviewed on a weekly basis until then.