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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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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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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Find out who our members are, where they are based and the issues they work on

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Global South study group seeks mentor and mentees

Call for Mentors and Mentees – 2023/2024 cohort

Exclusion of scholars based in the global South from northern-dominated circuits, undermines the quality of scholarship and sends a negative message, signaling that global South-based scholars do not have a role to play in knowledge production and generation, despite evidence that expertise and experience do exist in the global South. 

The Development Studies Association proposes to contribute to reducing this exclusion through a South-to-South mentoring approach involving mentors and mentees from the global South, who have direct experience operating in low and medium-income countries.  The ultimate outcome is to enhance global South based scholars’ ability to overcome the more overt exclusion based limited exposure to scholarly discourse, opportunities and experiences enjoyed by their global North based peers.

DSA is rolling out a South-to-South mentoring scheme running over 10 months starting June 2023. We are now calling for expression of interest from global South members to participate in the scheme as Mentors and Mentees.

Mentors and mentees should fill in the questionnaire to reach DSA by May 30, 2023. If you are successful, you will be invited to a Virtual Inception Workshop on June 20, 2023 where you will be taken through all details on how the scheme will run.