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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New African Charter on Transformative Research Collaborations

The Africa Charter on Transformative Research Collaborations, which will serve to advance and uphold the continent’s contribution to the global production of knowledge, was launched in July in Windhoek. 

DSA Council member Eyob Gebremariam from the Perivoli Africa Research Centre (PARC) was amongst the attendees. 

The charter was facilitated by PARC in partnership with the University of South Africa’s Chief Albert Luthuli Research Chair and the University of Cape Town Institute for Humanities in Africa. 

At the launch event, 84 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and universities signed and endorsed the Charter. A tripartite collaboration among UNISA, University of Bristol and UCT initiated and facilitated the Charter initiative. Following the launch, a wider programme of work and engagement will develop targeted implementation frameworks and expand intellectual reflection and exchange to ensure that the Africa Charter principles and ambitions are realised in practice.

According to the PARC website, the charter will draw on African intellectual thought, analyses of extant global scientific and equitable partnerships efforts, and dialogue with key higher education and research actors in Europe, North America and others across the globe. It will:

  • articulate key principles on how research collaborations need to be configured to redress the multi-layered power imbalances in the global-Africa production of scientific knowledge;
  • set out key ambitions for policy change by individual HEI, networks, funders, research and HE governance bodies as well as governments, to ensure that such a transformative collaboration mode is established as standard and best practice.

Read the Charter on the PARC website.