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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Podcast: Understanding different perspectives of development studies

Outgoing DSA President joined a discussion with counterparts in Australia and Nairobi for the Global Development Institute’s latest podcast.

Sam Hickey joined Heloise Weber, President of the Development Studies Association Australia and Winnie Mitullah from IDS, University of Nairobi. The three discuss the relevance of development studies in the current polycrises and the relevance of development studies associations to those in the global South and the decolonial challenges development studies and policy faces.

Sam Hickey is outgoing President of the Development Studies Association UK. He is Head of the Global Development Institute, Professor of Politics and Development and Deputy CEO of the African Cities Research Consortium. His research examines the links between politics and development, including issues of state capacity and elite commitment, natural resource governance, social exclusion and adverse incorporation, citizenship participation and NGOs and the politics of social protection and social justice.

Heloise Weber is President of the Development Studies Association Australia. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland, Australia.  Her research addresses how knowledge-production and representation shape and justify framings of ‘development’ at a macro-political level, and what this means for people

Winnie Mitullah is a Research Professor of Development Studies at the Institute for Development Studies, The University of Nairobi and UNESCO UNITWIN Chair. She has researched and consulted in the areas of governance, in particular in the area of provision and management of urban services and the role of stakeholders in development.