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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Peru Policy Brief by Susana Lozada

In May, WICID launched the Policy Brief Series with the first brief written by Susana Lozada, from a partner institution, Fundación Abba Colombia. This policy brief, titled Peru – Protests that have Left an Extremely Wealthy Country at a Loss: Is It Possible to Build a Bridge over the Divided? is available in both English and Spanish versions. The WICID Policy Brief Series addresses contemporary issues of international development and inequality within their four research areas: Gender; Mobility; Peace, Conflict, and Justice; Health. If you wish to contribute to this series, please contact them at [email protected] for more information.

Appreciative Inquiry Methods Lab Toolkit by Maartje Kletter

WICID published their newest Methods Lab toolkit Appreciative Inquiry: Change Based on What Goes Well, authored by Dr Maartje Kletter (University of Manchester). Appreciative Inquiry (AI) was initially developed as a research method, aimed at generative theory-building and inquiry. However, over time people started using AI for organisational change. AI is a process of discovery, aimed at building change based on the strengths of an existing team or organisation. This toolkit explains the underlying principles of AI and the ‘5-D cycle’ and presents potential questions that can be asked during each step of the cycle. Finally, this toolkit shares some examples of how AI has been used in hospitals in India and the tourism sector in Nepal. You can also find their other published toolkits here.

Think Development Out Loud with Sharifah Sekalala

WICID’s Think Development Out Loud series explores development from interdisciplinary perspectives through interviews with development scholars, practitioners, and professionals. Their latest Think Development Out Loud interview with Professor Sharifah Sekalala (Warwick School of Law, WICID Steering Committee) is available here on their YouTube channel. In this interview, Prof Sekalala comments on her project “There is no App for that: Regulating the Migration of Health Data in Africa” funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Novodisk Foundation.

WICID 2022-23 Annual Report

WICID is delighted to announce that the 2022-23 Annual Report is now available online. This academic year WICID has continued to develop its work through research, partnerships, and dissemination. The Report highlights WICID and their partners’ achievements throughout the year. They thank all those who have played a role and look forward to the opportunities 2023-24 will bring.