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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Governance

Find out about our constitution, how we are run and meet our Council

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People

Meet our Council members and other staff who support the running of DSA

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About

The DSA Conference is an annual event which brings together the development studies community

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DSA2024

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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Publications

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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Latest events and webinars

13 February 2024: IDD Birmingham. Book Launch (online) by Sanne Webber. ‘Salir Adelante’ Transitional Justice, Gender and Citizenship in Colombia. More information.

15 February 2024: The REDEFINE project in collaboration with CHERN and the University of York will be hosting its next Global China Seminar on “Pride and Prejudice: post-acquisition identification as emotional sensemaking in Chinese acquisitions in the UK’” with Professor Shaowei He, Professor of International Business at the University of Northampton. This free session will be held online via MS Teams, please register by emailing [email protected].

20 February 2024, 5:30-7:00pm GMT. Climate Change and Urbanisation in the Somali Horn. DPU Dialogues in Development. Register to join online or in-person here.

21 February 2024: IDD Birmingham. Ellen Bomasang is co-organizing a series of gender cafés for the Society of Gender Professionals and the Co-Creating Inclusive Intersectional Democratic Spaces Across Europe Project on the topic of growing anti-gender campaigns worldwide. Find out more in this LinkedIn post.

21 February 2024, 4:30-6:00pm GMT. DPU70 Dialogues in Development. Advancing gender justice in policy and planning: Current and future challenges. Register to join online or in-person here.

22 February 2024. Bond and the University of Bath. Humanitarianism in Crisis? What should be the role of humanitarianism in a world where international law has evidently failed to protect large numbers of civilians? How should international humanitarian organisations respond to calls for the decolonisation of aid? Register.

23 February 2024: ODID. Rethinking Climate Change and Migration: From Victims to Agents of Change. The prevailing perception is that migrants are primarily victims of climate change, but the reality is far more complex. Join our speakers as they explore the issues as part of ODID’s Climate Change and the Challenges of Development series. More information and register to attend online.

23 February 2024: 12.30 pm. DSA’s Land, Politics, and Sustainability Study group webinar. Dr. Noaman Ali, Lecturer in International Development, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, will present Decolonizing the Land: The Agrarian Question in Pakistan. Register here.

23 February 2024: ODID. Rethinking Climate Change and Migration: From Victims to Agents of Change. The prevailing perception is that migrants are primarily victims of climate change, but the reality is far more complex. Join our speakers as they explore the issues as part of ODID’s Climate Change and the Challenges of Development series. More information and register to attend online.

27 February 2024: Disrupted Development in the Congo: The Fragile Foundations of the African Mining Consensus. Ben Radley is talking about his new book in the DSA OUP book series at the Centre of Development Studies, Cambridge. In person only.

28 February 2024: British Council. In-person event in London. Next Generation: A Global Dialogue on Youth Priorities and Empowerment, with a focus on Albania, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan and Sudan. Register.

28 February 2024: IDD Birmingham. Controlling Territory, Controlling Voters: The Electoral Geography of African Campaign Violence. In-person only. More information.

28 February 2024: Open University. Centre for the Study of Global Challenges and Social Justice (The Open University) seminar series event on Making sense of global China
28th February, 12.00 – 14.00. Online via Microsoft Teams.

29 February 2024: Open University, CSGD Seminar on Should social protection speak to social justice? Find out more and register.

29 February 2024: DSA’s NGO and Development Study group are hosting a webinar on “Public Diplomacy and New Leadership of Civil Society Organisations”. Find out more and register.

29 February 2024: LSE ID. How can we deliver a gender-inclusive climate transition in India? Reema Nanavaty (keynote speaker), Dr Garima Sahai, Dr Suravee Nayak, Dr Sohini Kar, Dr. Swayamprabha Das, Professor Naila Kabeer (chair). Online (via Zoom)

6 March 2024, 3.30-5pm. DSA’s Land, Politics, and Sustainability Study group webinar. Professor Dzodzi Tsikata, Distinguished Research Professor Development Studies, SOAS, University of London (Co-badged with the Centre of African Studies Edinburgh), will present When the State is your Landlord: The Precarity of Urban Agriculture in Accra. Registration link to follow.

6 March 2024, 6:30-8:30pm GMT. DPU70 Film Festival 3 – Vulnerability and capacity to act. A series of film screenings drawing on the research of DPU colleagues to explore film as a method that engages with the politics of knowledge generation and ethical considerations of representation. Register here.

13 March 2024, 3.30-5pm DSA’s Land, Politics, and Sustainability Study group webinar: Dr. Ife Sinachi-Yarwood, Lecturer in Sustainable Development, School of Geography and Sustainable Development University of Saint-Andrews (Co-badged with the Centre of African Studies Edinburgh), will present Then As Now: African Oceans as Embodiments of Traditions. Registration link to follow.

13 March 2024, 5:30-7:00pm. DPU70 Dialogues in Development. Post Growth: planning after capitalism. Register to join online or in-person here.

14 March 2024, Open University. CSGD Seminar on Digital-by-default service delivery & the vicious circle of digital poverty. Find out more and register.

26 March 2024, 1pm GMT. DSA’s Land, Politics, and Sustainability Study group webinar: Professor Barbara Harriss-White, University of Oxford, will present Unviable Micro-Property? Petty Production in Indian Agriculture. Registration link to follow.

4 April 2024, 12.30 pm. DSA’s Land, Politics, and Sustainability Study group webinar:  Dr. Freedom Mazwi, Lecturer, University of Cape Town, will present South Africa Zimbabwe’s Command Agriculture: Problems of Planning under Neoliberalism. Registration link to follow.

24 April 2024, Open University’s CSGD Seminar: Towards a theory of development and development studies of liberation. Find out more and register.

25 April, 12.30 pm. DSA’s Land, Politics, and Sustainability Study group webinar: Dr. Lorenzo Cotula, Principal researcher and Head of law, economies and justice programme, Natural Resources research group at the IIED, will present Emerging issues of climate justice, land rights and trade: The palm oil dispute between Indonesia and the European Union. Registration link to follow.

13 May, 1pm GMT. DSA’s Land, Politics, and Sustainability Study group webinar:  Dr. Vasundhara Jairath, Assistant Professor in Development Studies at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati, India, will present Demanding Land Rights in Assam, India: Private property and its critique from below. Registration link to follow.