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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IDD, University of Birmingham: January news

New publication



Media engagement

  • Nic Cheeseman’s book ‘How to Rig an Election’ was used in an article in The Economist on the high number of polls that will be held in 2024 and the risks of manipulation.
  • Nic’s research on electoral manipulation made front page news in Mauritius, where concerns about rigging are growing ahead of general elections this year
  • Nic’s analysis of ‘Africa in 2023’ was published in The Africa Report, which highlighted the impact of three intertwined themes: debt, despondency, and democracy
  • Nic Cheeseman and Mwita Chacha were commissioned by The European Democracy Hub to analyse how the European Union should respond to the recent spate of coups in Africa. 

PGR News

  • IDD doctoral researcher Gareth Wall has recently joined the editorial team of the Critical Policy Studies journal as editorial assistant, and will be assisting with the journals policy forum activities and supporting the journal editor in their ambition to further expand the geographical reach of journal submissions.