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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Land, Labour and the Politics of Development Study Group webinars

The DSA’s Land, Politics and Sustainability Study group webinar series is convened by Dr. Rama Salla Dieng, Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Their online event series is open to all. You can download a PDF of all webinars for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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Redistribution, ownership, investment, and land administrative reform in Africa
11 December 2023, 1 pm Professor Kojo Amanor, Visiting professor, African Studies Center – TUFS / Professor, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. Watch here.

This is God’s land: Land seizures as a mechanism of land access for peri-urban farming among Malawian migrants in Zimbabwe
12 January 2024, 12.30 pm Dr. Johannes Bhanye, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of the Free State, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, South Africa. Watch here.

Contract farming in Southern Africa and the global gig economy: land, labour and the workings of merchant capital.
25 January 2024, 12.30 pm Dr Helena Pérez Niño, Assistant Professor, ISS Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. Register.

Social Reproduction and Agrarian Studies: Lessons from Palestine & The Sahel
12 February 2024, 1pm Dr Rama Salla Dieng, DSA Land, Politics and Sustainability Study Group Co-convenor and Lecturer in African Studies and International Development, Centre of African Studies Edinburgh. Register.

Decolonizing the Land: The Agrarian Question in Pakistan
23 February 2024, 12.30 pm Dr. Noaman Ali, Lecturer in International Development, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath.

When the State is your Landlord: The Precarity of Urban Agriculture in Accra
6 March 2024, 3.30-5pm Professor Dzodzi Tsikata, Distinguished Research Professor Development Studies, SOAS, University of London (Co-badged with the Centre of African Studies Edinburgh). Register.

Then As Now: African Oceans as Embodiments of Traditions
13 March 2024, 3.30-5pm 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)

Unviable Micro-Property? Petty Production in Indian Agriculture
26 March 2024, 1pm GMT. Professor Barbara Harriss-White, University of Oxford.

South Africa Zimbabwe’s Command Agriculture: Problems of Planning under Neoliberalism
4 April, 12.30 pm Dr. Freedom Mazwi, Lecturer, University of Cape Town

Emerging issues of climate justice, land rights and trade: The palm oil dispute between Indonesia and the European Union
25 April, 12.30 pm Dr. Lorenzo Cotula, Principal researcher and Head of law, economies and justice programme, Natural Resources research group at the IIED.

Title: Demanding Land Rights in Assam, India: Private property and its critique from below

13 May, 1pm GMT Dr. Vasundhara Jairath, Assistant Professor in Development Studies at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati, India.