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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Uma Kambhampati is the new DSA President

Following the DSA’s AGM at DSA2023 conference in Reading, Professor Uma Kambhampati takes over from Sam Hickey as President of the DSA. Uma previously served as Secretary of the Council and will serve in her new role for three years.

We spoke to Uma after the AGM to get some quick words on what she is looking forward to in her Presidency.

Based at the University of Reading, as a Development Economist, her research ranges across issues relating to childhood inequalities, particularly in relation to child work and schooling participation, inequalities between girls and boys as well as inequalities across social and religious groups. She has also worked on women’s empowerment and well-being including women’s labour market participation, life satisfaction as well as nutritional adequacy. A third strand of her research relates to the issue of well-being and life satisfaction in the UK, including analysis of the extent to which conditions during childhood and youth influence the life satisfaction of adults.

We will be introducing other new members of the Council shortly.