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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Job vacancies at University of Birmingham

Multiple new positions are available at Assistant/Associate/Full Professor level at the University of Birmingham in International Relations, Public Administration, Public Policy, Methodology and Comparative Politics. The School of Government at the University of Birmingham is undertaking a transformative expansion with nine faculty positions across comparative politics, public policy and administration, international relations, computational methods, and international development.

Underpinning the “Global Top 50” initiative of the University of Birmingham, this expansion supports the school’s strategic vision to lead world-class, interdisciplinary research advancing understanding of politics, governance, and sustainable development worldwide. It will also enable significant growth in educational programs at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive levels.

Opportunities exist at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels in the following fields:

Comparative Politics and International Relations:

Public Policy or Public Administration:

International Development:

Computational Social Science:

The University of Birmingham is one of the world’s leading research universities, ranked in the top 100 globally. They are dedicated to academic excellence, pioneering research advancing understanding of real-world challenges, and enriching community locally and worldwide. They are one of the largest Schools of Government in the United Kingdom – home to more than 90 full-time academic staff, more than 1,500 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, and more than 70 doctoral researchers.

Appointments will be made in the School’s constituent departments of Public Administration and Policy, International Development and Political Science and International Studies based on scholarly background and expertise.

Candidates at all ranks must demonstrate excellence in both research and teaching. They aim to build an outstanding scholarly community that thrives on academic rigour, interdisciplinary collaboration, and embodies the diversity of society worldwide.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, and names of 3 referees via corresponding links above.
Candidates shortlisted for interview will also be invited for a campus visit to meet the faculty in the School and Department. They will start reviewing applications on 20 September 2023 and invite shortlisted candidates on a rolling basis. If all positions are filled prior to the final closing date 30 November 2023, they may close the advert, so early applications are encouraged.

For questions, please contact Professor René Lindstädt (Head of School of Government) at [email protected]

They aim to ensure that Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion are embedded across the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.