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

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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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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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The Open University, February 2024

New open access article: Assembling China’s belt and road initiative: discourse, institution, and materials’, International Political Sociology by Ran Hu.

The article is an output of the OU’s REDEFINE project: Re-orienting development: the dynamics and effects of Chinese infrastructure investment in Europe. REDEFINE is a 5-year, €2.5 million project funded by the European Research Council that started in November 2020. REDEFINE examines the role of China in how the West understands global development and, specifically, Europe’s place in it. China now sees Europe as fertile ground for new infrastructure investment, yet many European firms and governments are ill-equipped to deal with these political and economic changes.

Keep a regular eye on the DSA events page for the latest events from the Redefine project.

The REDEFINE project is led by: Professor Giles Mohan.