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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Spotlight on Serious Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Evidence

Based at the International Development Department, at the University of Birmingham, the Serious Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Evidence (SOC ACE) research programme’s overarching focus is on generating rigorous research that engages directly with policy and practice to uncover more feasible options to tackle serious organised crime (SOC), illicit finance, kleptocracy and corruption. Here’s a round up of their November 2023 publications.

Illuminating the Role of Third-Country Jurisdictions in Sanctions Evasion and Avoidance (SEA), Liam O’Shea (RUSI), Olivia Allison (Independent), Gonzalo Saiz (RUSI), Alexia Anna Hack (RUSI);

Under the Radar: How Russia Outmanoeuvres Western Sanctions with Help from its Neighbours, Alexander Kupatadze (KCL) and Erica Marat (National Defense University);

New Dynamics in Illicit Finance and Russian Foreign Policy, David Lewis (University of Exeter) and Tena Prelec (Oxford University);

Organised Crime as Irregular Warfare: Strategic Lessons for Assessment and Response, David Ucko and Thomas A. Marks (National Defense University).

Plus, listen to the SOC ACE podcast on Russian sanctions evasion: In Season 5, Ep.1 of KCL’s ‘WORLD: we got this’ podcast, Dr Alexander Kupatadaze (KCL Russia Institute) shares his new research with Dr Erica Marat (National Defense University) which reveals how Russia is outmanoeuvring Western sanctions thanks to help from neighbouring countries and the “implicit approval” of producers in the West. Listen Now.