Our Aims and Objectives

We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issues

Find Out More

What is Development Studies

What is development studies and decolonising development.

Find Out More

Our Members

We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

Find Out More


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

Find Out More


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

Find Out More


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

Find Out More


Our conference this year is themed "Social justice and development in a polarising world"

Find Out More

Past Conferences

Find out about our previous conferences

Find Out More

Study Groups

Our Study Groups offer a chance to connect with others who share your areas of interest

Find Out More

Students and ECRs

Students and early career researchers are an important part of our community

Find Out More


Our book series with OUP and our relationship with other publishers

Find Out More

North-South Research

A series of workshops exploring North-South interdisciplinary research with key messages and reports

Find Out More

Membership Directory

Find out who our members are, where they are based and the issues they work on

Find Out More

The Future of the Factory: How Megatrends are Changing Industrialization

Dr Jostein Hauge has recently published a book with Oxford University Press, titled “The Future of the Factory: How Megatrends are Changing Industrialization”. The book investigates how industrialisation pathways are shaped by recent technological developments, new forces of globalisation, and the threat of ecological collapse. It also charts new pathways for industrial policy and global governance.

Dr Hauge is Assistant Professor in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, based at the Centre of Development Studies and the Department of Politics and International Studies.

About the book:

For centuries, industrialisation and factory-based production have been core ingredients in economic growth, development, and innovation. This symbiotic relationship between industrialisation and economic prosperity is now changing. ‘Megatrends’ – trends within the domains of technology, economy, society, and ecology that have a global impact – are changing the ability of the manufacturing sector to serve as the engine of growth, changing traditional ideas of technological progress, and changing growth and development opportunities in both the global South and the global North.

Four megatrends are particularly worthy of note: the rise of services, digital automation technologies, globalisation of production, and ecological breakdown. In this book, Jostein Hauge provides a novel analysis of how these megatrends are changing industrialisation, and charts new pathways for industrial policy and global governance.

He also offers a wide-ranging account of the role of technology, globalisation, and ecology in shaping the world economy. The Future of the Factory shows that industrialisation remains a cornerstone of economic prosperity, but that power asymmetries in the world economy create uneven opportunities for achieving economic growth, development, and industrialisation.

Find out more

Jostein has had the pleasure of delivering talks about the book at the University of Cambridge, King’s College London, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of Manchester, University College London, and to civil servants at the UK Department for Business and Trade. He has also appeared on the podcasts, The Bunker and In Pursuit of Development, to talk about the book, and has been interviewed by Bloomberg News about the book.

  • Watch a talk on the book’s topic, which took place at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.
  • Listen to a recording about the book with Dan Banik on the podcast, In Pursuit of Development.