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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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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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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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Practical Action Publishing, November titles

Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards 3rd edition is now live and available to download open access, or to order in print in English, Spanish, French and Arabic!

This book is the first study of the new transnational agrarian movements (TAMs) from their perspective. Merging scholarship with activism through a methodology of observant participation, it explores how TAMs strategize within the global governance of agriculture to confront neoliberal aims of expanding capital penetration in the countryside. TAMs oppose this phase of financialization and instead foster a system based on agroecology and re-peasantization of production, valuing labour and natural resources over capital. The book also outlines how TAMs defend food sovereignty and oppose neoliberal policies in the context of climate change negotiations.

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Peasants: Chayanov’s recovered essays

Teodor Shanin, Alexander Nikulin, Irina Trotsuk, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

It is an amazing fortune that this book has finally come to light. If this work had been published at the time the essays were written by Chayanov (1920s), it is likely that the course of the contemporary history of agronomy, cooperativism, the agrarian question and rural development would have been different. I can only say to all interested in rural, food and agrarian issues that this book must be on your shelf. This book needs to be incorporated into the lexicon of those that struggle for a more sustainable agriculture in the 21st century.’

Available end of November

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There are about 2.5 billion people in the world, on 500 million farms, involved with smallholder family agriculture and food production. Their creative capacity to farm productively and sustainably with nature, instead of against it, is perhaps the most powerful force that can be unleashed to overcome the interlinking challenges of hunger, poverty, climate change, and environmental degradation. This is the essence of agroecology.

Scaling agroecology and changing our agricultural and food systems remains a great challenge. How do we accomplish that? Fertile Ground seeks to answer that question by drawing on grounded practice and research.

Available in mid-November

Natalia Cintra, David Owen, Pia Riggirozzi

Centrado en el desplazamiento forzado de mujeres y niñas venezolanas, este libro examina la dimensión de género y su impacto en el desplazamiento forzado y las formas en las cuales las fallas de los regímenes de protección y su insensibilidad al carácter de género afectan a las mujeres y niñas migrantes, y en particular cómo esto las expone a nuevos riesgos para su salud sexual y reproductiva.

Available in November/December

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The viewpoints of African farmers, activists, scientists, scholars, and policymakers combine in this volume to articulate a shared and dynamic vision of a world where agriculture is productive, diverse, and sustainable; where different ways of seeing and knowing are respected; and where seed and food systems are in the hands of farmers and local communities.

Available December/January

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Working from a technical perspective, this new handbook provides an understanding of the key elements controlling the delivery of human waste related services in an emergency. It also sets out strategies for decision making, and guidance on how to design, construct and operate key infrastructure. Much of the content in its chapters is also key to longer term and rehabilitation phases.


Available January 2024


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