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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KCL: January 2024 news

Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez and Andy Sumner had their research accepted in Structural Change and Economic Dynamics. The paper asks, ‘Is the Era of Declining Global Income Inequality Over?’ It examines the trajectory of global income inequality since 1981 to 2040 and argues there is a global inequality ‘boomerang’. An earlier blog of the paper was published on Duncan Green’s Oxfam blog.

Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez and Andy Sumner also published a chapter on ‘inequality’ in the new text book for students, ‘Global Political Economy’ edited by Nicola Phillips and published by OUP.

Andy Sumner published a new paper with the UN university WIDER and an accompanying brief and blog for Duncan Green’s Oxfam blog on ending global poverty. Andy also presented the work at the ‘Poverty Reduction – Rethinking Policy and Practice’ workshop of the Poverty Study Group of the Development Studies Association. The paper was also cited in the new UK FCDO White Paper and Andy did an interview for CIVICUS.

Andy also took part in the new UN university MOOC on decent work presenting work from his book on the ‘developer’s dilemma’. He also presented from the book at UNESCAP.

Video stories of careers

The School of Global Affairs has launched a video series which covers researchers from all our areas of Development, Global Health, and Environment/Geography. The World Made Me explores just what it was that inspired, drove, pushed, or cajoled researchers into their chosen careers. Watch the short videos & look out for our members from Kings International Development as they appear.