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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LSE – February 2024 news

Sanitation and property tax compliance: Analysing the social contract in Brazil
Dr Joana Naritomi and co-authors outline their recent research for VoxDev. Their findings are consistent with a story in which the social contract plays a significant role in households deciding whether to pay their property taxes. Households with access to the sewer network are more likely to be in tax compliance and to have a more positive view on the local government’s ability to provide services.

Decentralised governance: Crafting effective democracies around the world
At this event for the European University Institute, Professor Jean-Paul Faguet presents his newly published book, ‘Decentralised Governance: Crafting effective democracies around the world‘.

China’s Engagement in Africa’s Energy Future – More Than Financing
Dr Grace Wang and Dr Bankole Falade explore China’s unique role in shaping Africa’s energy landscape, and emphasize the need for a nuanced understanding derived from local perspectives as reflected in African newspaper discourse. Read here.

Enforceable Brand Agreements – the solution to the problem?
PhD candidate Pauline Jerrentrup explores whether enforceable brand agreements are the solution to the exploitation of workers in supplier economies. Read here.

Women in Cement, the current state of play
Denise Ntonta, and guest authors Hawa Diallo and Kathryn McDonald, explore the rationale for greater gender diversity in the Cement industry in the context of pressures on companies to evolve towards cleaner, greener, and safer outcomes. Read here.

Migration Management in the Era of AI: How emerging technologies shape the border space
Kristina Fort investigates the use of algorithmic and AI-based technologies and how they are shaping border space. Read here.

Technology Innovation, Policy, and People
Public Policy Advisor, Toluwalola Kasali and Digital Transformation Specialist, Tobi Kasali write about policy, and people, considerations for technology innovation in addressing key challenges in development. Read here.