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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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We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

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Our conference this year is themed "Social justice and development in a polarising world"

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A series of workshops exploring North-South interdisciplinary research with key messages and reports

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IDD, University of Birmingham: October news

New publications

  • Claire McLoughlin et al published a DLP research brief, ‘Co-Producing Local Public Goods in Rural Solomon Islands: Evidence from Malaita [available online soon].

Blogs and media

  • Petra Alderman published a blog, ‘Branding Authoritarian Nations (download PDF from Drive) about her new book for Democracy Delivered, Centre for Research on Democracy (CREDO), Stellenbosch University. 



  • A blog post co-authored by Tim Haughton and Petra Alderman was extensively quoted in this Financial Times piece: ‘A tug of war in Poland and Slovakia,’ Financial Times, 23 September 2023. 
  • Sameen Ali was an invited panellist for the Pakistan Local Government Forum’s session on ‘Reforming civil service for effective local governance’ on 25 August 2023, organised by the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre, the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), and the Dehleez campaign.  
  • Nic Cheeseman gave the Democracy Day Lecture 2023 in the Finnish Parliament in Helsinki on 25 September. During the trip, organised by DemoFinland, a co-operative organisation of all Finnish parliamentary parties, he also briefed the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and a number of other organisations. 
  • Nic Cheeseman spoke to yle, the finish version of the BBC, about Russian foreign policy and the impact of Wagner in Africa. The same topic was recently the focus of a discussion held by the Resistance Bureau, the online webinar that he helps to run. 

Student and PGR News

  • Mo Ibrahim fellow, Sharon Baodu, published an article ‘Ghana and Air Pollution: A Ticking Time Bomb, Modern Ghana.
  • Ellen Bomasang presented a paper, ‘Engaging Men as Allies in the Energy Sector’, International New Energy Summit 2023, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 29 September 2023.
  • Ellen Bomasang presented a paper, ‘A Just Energy Transition: The Critical Role of Women’, Women in Clean Energy Conference (organized by the US Embassy in Mongolia), 2 October 2023.
  • Krisna Rahmayanti presented a paper, ‘Collaborative disaster response in health services in Indonesia: A case study of the 2018 West Nusa Tenggara Earthquake’, European Group for Public Administration Conference, Zagreb.

Upcoming events

The IDD Guest Seminar Series is delighted to announce the following events:

  • Ethnic parties in a democratising Africa’ with Professor Lise Rakner (Department of Government, University of Bergen) and Professor Nicolas van de Walle (Cornell University), Wednesday 11 October 2023 (15:30-17:00), G11 Alan Walters Building.