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: Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Melbourne

Applications are invited for a Lecturer position in Development Studies within the School of Social and Political Sciences.

  • Teach, conduct high-quality research, and foster external partnerships to advance the field and enhance the reputation of Development Studies
  • Shape the future of the department and the global reputation of the University of Melbourne
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and well-being services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses for staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Melbourne is a dynamic and impactful role. You will have the opportunity to conduct and publish high-quality research, forge valuable partnerships in the development sector, and significantly contribute to enhancing the reputation of Development Studies at the institution. You will also mentor postgraduate research students, foster external networks, and actively shape the academic landscape in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching and Learning: subject coordination, curriculum design, technology-based teaching, and a focus on innovation and collaboration
  • Research: publish in peer-reviewed outlets, secure research grants, and supervise research higher degree students with an emphasis on international competitiveness
  • Leadership and Service: actively participate in service and leadership roles within the institution and engage in professional development
  • Academic Excellence: Fostering academic growth, both in teaching and research, is at the heart of this position

The ideal candidate

You will demonstrate expertise in various facets of development studies, from inclusive Indigenous development to political economy. Your responsibilities will encompass engaging and inspiring students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

You will also have:

  • A completed PhD in Development Studies or a closely related discipline
  • Proven research expertise in areas related to Development Studies, including Inclusive Indigenous Development, Environmental Sustainability, Political Economy of Health, and other areas
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, with the ability to initiate course development and coordinate courses, as well as specialisation in Leadership within the development sector
  • Strong research track record with a developing publication profile, capacity for multidisciplinary and collaborative research, and the ability to attract research grants and consultancies

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the position description.

The Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is a leading academic community dedicated to exploring and understanding the complexities of our ever-changing world. Their five schools, including the Asia Institute, School of Culture and Communication, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, School of Languages and Linguistics, and School of Social and Political Sciences, house renowned researchers and intellectually engaged students. We embrace diversity and inclusion, actively welcoming and valuing the unique contributions of individuals from all backgrounds to achieve our vision.

The School of Social and Political Science is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia and internationally.

It is home to a dynamic, diverse and inclusive community of staff and students who are committed to achieving their full potential by working together and with their partners in a spirit of courageous generosity.

View more about The School of Social and Political Science .

About the University of Melbourne

The university takes pride in their people, who all contribute to their mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via the university website and stay connected with their stories and people on LinkedIn.

University of Melbourne offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, check out their benefits page.

Be Yourself!

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to their community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Their aim is to create a workforce that reflects the Diversity and Inclusion of the community in which they live.

If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

They aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture, and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. They are proud of their 2023-2027 Indigenous Strategy. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

Join the University of Melbourne

If you would like to apply for this role & view the position description, please visit this link. Please click the ‘Apply’ button and on one of the next screens, select ‘Development Studies’.

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria (found in the Position Description). For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/selection-criteria

More information

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Anna Gradoboeva via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.


Applications close: 24 November 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

  • This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.
  • Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
  • Location: Parkville, Victoria.
  • Role type: Full-time; Continuing
  • Faculty: Arts
  • School: Social and Political Sciences
  • Salary: Level B – AUD $114,645 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% superannuation (pension)