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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UCL and UN-Habitat sign a Memorandum of Understanding to Enhance Sustainable Urban Development
The DPU, UCL Research, Innovation, & Global Engagement and The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) have entered into a collaborative partnership to enhance knowledge, capacity, and awareness in the realm of sustainable urban development.

Now Launching: The DPU70 Scholarships
The DPU70 Scholarships applications will support two students from Sub-Saharan Africa to study a master’s at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit in 2024-25. Visit the DPU70 scholarships page for information on how to apply.

Dr Giovanna Astolfo awarded funding for the research project ‘Reframing Arrival infrastructures’

Dr Camillo Boano, Dr Harriet Allsopp and IRDR’s Estella Carpi have received AHRC funding for the project ‘Reframing Arrival infrastructures’, led by Dr Giovanna Astolfo.

Dr Alessio Kolioulis delivers speech at the recent Stadt Nach Acht conference
Dr Alessio Kolioulis recently delivered a speech on establishing an EU standard for nightlife research at the ‘Stadt Nach Acht’ conference in Berlin.

Digital Archive Launched to Imagine Alternative Urban Futures for Moravia, Medellin
Archivo Vivo Moravia, or the Moravia Living Archive, is a collaborative research project which highlights the importance of intergenerational memory and collective action.

Ten policy briefs published on upgrading, mobility and zero waste for self-built neighbourhoods
The GREAT project featuring DPU’s Dr Catalina Ortiz has released ten policy briefs on neighbourhood upgrading, mobility, and zero waste for self-built neighbourhoods. The project concludes with these policy briefs to influence urban governance and the implementation of the SDGs.

Urban Development Planning MSc Dissertation Published in Urbanisation Journal
Debayan Chatterjee, alumnus of the Urban Development Planning MSc at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) has published a paper in Urbanisation journal with colleague Khushboo Khanna.

Prof. Barbara Lipietz and Dr Azadeh Mashayekhi participates at IIHS Urban Arc Conference 2024

Prof. Barbara Lipietz and Dr Azadeh Mashayekhi explored the ‘public’ role of internationally networked universities in times of polycrises at the recent IIHS Urban Arc Conference.