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, May

Practical Action Publishing will have a stand at the DSA Conference in June (in the Palmer Building Main Foyer area, University of Reading) – do stop by to discuss your new publishing projects, or to browse their collection of books

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.

Moving Forward / Salir Adelante: Health, care and violence seen through the eyes of displaced Venezuelan women in Brazil / La salud, el cuidado y la violencia vistos a través de los ojos de venezolanas desplazadas en Brasil

This English / Spanish photobook offers a candid and often shocking insight into migrant women’s experiences. Compiling photographs and testimonies from Indigenous Warao and non-Indigenous Venezuelan women displaced in Brazil, ‘Moving Forward / Salir Adelante’ It specifically looks at the challenges these women face, their vulnerabilities, and their unwavering dedication to their families and communities in the face of adversity.

Coming soon in Spanish/Portuguese

Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile is relatively well known in the UK, but what happened during the Argentine dictatorship, 1976-83, when thousands of men, women, and children were subjected to state terrorism, remains largely unknown. The book describes the secret detention camps, the disappearances, the kidnapping of hundreds of babies and small children. It is based largely on eyewitness accounts gathered by CLAMOR, an ecumenical group of volunteers in São Paulo, Brazil which was backed by the Catholic church and the World Council of Churches. The group was instrumental in finding the first ‘disappeared’ children to be located, and contributed to the search for many others.

‘The idea of “Easternization” is very much needed in the development community where North/South dimensions have been dominant for too long. This book challenges our basic assumptions and opens up new avenues for productive conversations about the future of aid and development.’

Jin Sato, Professor of Development Studies, the University of Tokyo and the President of the Japan Society for International Development

Reframing Aid: A Strengths-based Approach for International Development

Keren Winterford, Deborah Rhodes, Christopher Dureau

he authors set out the strong theoretical and practical basis of a strengths-based approach; explore insight through the lens on power, culture and psychology; and provide examples of how the approach is already applied in practice within the project cycle, monitoring and evaluation, dominant current approaches and sectors of international development.

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