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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Practical Action publishing: make resources go further

Practical Action publishing puts transformative knowledge into the hands of people who need it most. They are proud to announce that thanks to our supporters, many of our books and journal articles are free for everyone to access.

Your organisation or institution can be part of this mission to share knowledge freely by:

  • sponsoring Practical Action’s peer-reviewed repository of journal articles — as a supporter you will help to keep many of these articles Open Access and gain exclusive access to the whole archive
  • choosing Open Access options for new or previously published books

Would you like free access to all of Practical Action’s books and articles?

Ask your institution to get in touch with Practical Action, who can set up affordable platform access that suits your students’ and colleagues’ bespoke needs.

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