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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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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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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, March releases

Practical Action Publishing can offer free access to all their books and articles. Ask your institution to get in touch with them – we can set up affordable platform access that suits your students’ and colleagues’ bespoke needs. Find out more here or email to find out more.

As mining has expanded, so has social conflict, with frontline communities mobilizing in defence of their lands, water, livelihoods, and cultures. The Heart of Our Earth tells their story: how the mining industry has affected them, how they have fought back, and their visions for fairer and more sustainable futures.

Written in clear, non-technical language, The Heart of Our Earth is for students, academics, activists, journalists, and anyone who has ever wondered about the true costs of the metals which increasingly power our lives.

‘In times of increasing violence against environmental defenders and a business-as-usual logic in mining investments, Tom Gatehouse provides a timely and inspiring assemblage of accounts of resistance, legal victories, and struggles for environmental justice and democracy across the region.’ Sebastián Rubiano-Galvis, University of San Francisco, USA

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Just over a decade ago, a new paradigm emerged that challenged the ‘conventional’ type of global development assistance by which the Global North vertically supports the Global South. It became apparent that a shift was taking place – to an approach built upon horizontal relationships between equal partners “often” seeking mutual benefits from development cooperation.

This book sets out how East Asian aid donors and their innovative practices are central to this new paradigm.  The findings in this book highlight the importance of understanding the past, present and future of development strategy in East Asia in the current global context.  The recent impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the pressing climate change crisis, call for an urgent re-examination of priorities in development cooperation.

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What does a development practitioner look like? Located within deliberative development paradigms, this book addresses this question by examining some of the key attributes, behaviours and character dispositions of development practitioners.

Such mentality and behaviours enable development practitioners to effectively co-design and co-create lasting development interventions with and alongside people.

Combining his passion for people with the praxis of participatory development and his lifelong practice of working and listening to communities, Linje invites development practitioners and experts alike to be in service to the communities they are working for and get involved in a development that as his great-grand mother once said, is felt in the heart.’ Guy Bessette, participatory development researcher

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The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) are written to guide livestock-owning communities affected by humanitarian crises. Drawing on international evidence-based best practice, LEGS supports practitioners to design and implement emergency responses that protect and rebuild livestock-based livelihoods.

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In the podcast, Neil argues that fossil fuel subsidies are killing both people and the planet, because they encourage the excessive consumption of fossil fuels – which exacerbates pollution and climate change and wastes huge sums that could be used far better.

Neil lays out a new agenda for action on fossil fuel subsidies, showing how a better understanding of the underlying political incentives can lead to more effective approaches to tackling this major global problem.

This podcast is essential listening for all studying and researching climate change, green transformations, and climate justice.

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Fossil fuel subsidies are killing both people and the planet. By encouraging excessive consumption of fossil fuels, subsidies exacerbate pollution and climate change, make violent protests more likely, and waste huge sums that could be used far better.

This Open Access book lays out a new agenda for action on fossil fuel subsidies, showing how a better understanding of the underlying political incentives can lead to more effective approaches to tackling this major global problem.

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