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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Scholarships from DSA members

Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL (DPU): Available for the 2024-25 academic year only, two students studying on master’s courses at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL (DPU) will receive an award of full overseas tuition fees, an annual allowance of £16,008 to cover living and study expenses for the normal duration of the programme at UCL. The value of the scholarship will also include a flight to/from the UK, UK Study Visa costs, English language assessment costs, health test costs and the NHS Immigration Health Supplement charge.

The DPU70 Scholarships are funded by The Bartlett Development Planning Unit and powered by The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment’s Promise Scholarship. Applications for the DPU70 Scholarships will open on 15 February 2024. Full information on the DPU70 Scholarships webpage.

International Development Department, Birmingham

PhD Project: ‘Between “Global Britain” and national health: The role of Parliament in tackling immunisation inequities of minoritized groups’ This PhD project will be based in the School of Government which is part of the College of Social Sciences. The deadline for applications is 23:59 (UK time) on Tuesday 30 April 2024.

Applications are open for a 4-year fully-funded PhD fellowship through the University of Birmingham’s 125th Anniversary Black British Scholarship program. The position will be based in the International Development Department, School of Government in Birmingham, United Kingdom. More details on the project and how to apply are available here.

Global Development Institute, Manchester

The University of Manchester Humanitarian scholarships. The University of Manchester has created fully-funded scholarships for 20 students who are fleeing war and persecution, with people now able to apply to start studying in September. There are ten undergraduate and ten postgraduate-taught places on offer in the first year and successful applicants will have their fees, living expenses and visas covered. You’ll need to have an offer to study here before applying for the Scholarship. Applications open on 1 March 2024 and close on 15 April 2024.

The University of Manchester is offering awards totaling more than £3.5 million to international students starting their studies in September 2024, the year of University of Manchester bicentenary. The Global Futures Scholarships are open to undergraduate and master’s students wanting to study at the university.