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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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 Birmingham March news

New publications

Sameen Ali (with Sana Haroon) published an articleCreating an Oral History Archive of Government Work: The Women in Public Service in Pakistan Project, Oral History Review. More reflections on the archive and information on accessing it are available in this blog.

Bizuneh Yimenu published an article, Continuities and changes in electoral authoritarianism: evidence from Ethiopia, Regional and Federal Studies.

Blogs and media commentaries


Episode 10 of the People, Power, Politics podcast is out! Listen to the Petra Alderman’s conversation with John Sidel (LSE) about the political economy of transport, telecommunications and infrastructure in the Philippines.

Media engagement and other project news

Sameen Ali provided expert commentary on the Pakistan elections to both BBC and Sky News. She has also provided expert commentary to inform NPR’s reporting on the election. She was also an invited panellist on France24’s The Debate program on ‘Revolving door politics? Shadow of military looms over Pakistan elections’.

Sameen Ali chaired a panel of experts on the Pakistan election organised by the Political Studies Association Politics of South Asia study group. A recording can be viewed here.

Iffat Idris and Sian Herbert from the GSDRC were invited by Chemonics UK to present their research on AF-PAK borderland security at the Professional Development Conference of the FCDO Conflict Cadre in London.

PGR news

Congratulations to IDD PGR Mia Hyun who recently started a full-time role as Senior Regional Gender and Inclusive Development Advisor at USAID’s regional hub in Bangkok! Mia is providing technical advice and capacity building services to country missions across the Asia Pacific region to institutionalise gender and inclusive development across the programme cycle.