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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DSA Council elections 2023 – nominations now OPEN!

The DSA will hold elections for members of Council during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is to be held on 30 June at 13:00 (BST, UTC+1), during the DSA2023 conference at the University of Reading. Participation is possible in-person or online.

Sam Hickey (President) has completed his two terms in office and Shailaja Fennell (Treasurer), Jonathan Fisher, Annalisa Prizzon, Ben Radley and Peter Taylor will have come to the end of their first three-year terms of office as elected members of Council at the 2023 AGM. Ben Radley and Rachel Slater are standing down from Council at the AGM.

The DSA Constitution provides for the election of sufficient members to fill all of the vacancies for elected members open at the time of each year’s AGM, with each successful candidate having tenure for three years. There are therefore five vacancies for elected members of Council and two vacancies for Officers of Council (President & Treasurer) and two vacancies for student representative positions. Please consider helping the association and the discipline by putting yourself forward or encouraging others to do so.

We particularly encourage student members to apply for a position on Council to oversee our interactions with students in the DSA community. If possible, student position nominees should attend the DSA student members’ meeting on 28 June at 11am-12pm (BST, UTC+1), where you will have a chance to introduce yourself to student members before the vote.

The DSA Council will recommend to the AGM that an existing member of Council is considered for election to the President and Treasurer positions as understanding of how the DSA works is very important for these positions.

The deadline for nominations is 1pm (BST, UTC+1), Wednesday 28 June. You can download the information and necessary forms here.

Please email completed nomination forms before the deadline to either the DSA Secretary: Uma Kambhampati: u.s.kambhampati(at)reading.ac.uk or DSA membership administration: membershipadmin(at)devstud.org.uk.

View the AGM agenda and further details via the conference programme.