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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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Our Members

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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Past 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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LSE – March 2024 news



Forthcoming book from Professor Naila Kabeer: The Development Studies Association interviewed Professor Kabeer about her forthcoming book Renegotiating Patriarchy: Gender, agency and the ‘Bangladesh Paradox’, which will be published by LSE Press in mid-2024 as an open access title.

Professor Jean-Paul Faguet on crafting effective democracies around the world: At this event at the European University Institute, Professor Jean-Paul Faguet presented his newly published book, Decentralised Governance: Crafting effective democracies around the world (LSE Press Open Access). Professor Faguet is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, EUI. Read a summary of the book for the LSE Press Blog here.

Professor Ernestina Coast on abortion activism in Africa: Earlier this month, Professor Ernestina Coast co-presented Exploring abortion activism in Africa to MAMA Network. The network represents a regional movement of activists working to share evidence-based and stigma-free information about self-managed medical abortion and sexual and reproductive health and rights directly with women on community level. Professor Coast has also been appointed to the Governing Board of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity.

Professor Robert Wade on the US dollar’s global dominance: In this recent blog post for USAPP, Robert Wade writes that the weaponization of the dollar and the dollar payments system against countries such as Russia and Iran over the past decade has incentivised others to find ways to escape the dominance of the US dollar.


Israel: a 19th century state in a 21st century world: Professor Elliott Green explores the experience of other post-colonial states to show that the idea of a Jewish nation-state is an antiquated idea not fit for purpose in the contemporary world.

Southeast Asia Artificial Intelligence Governance Guide in Formation: Picking no side among global powers? Guest blogger and Visiting Fellow in the Department of Media and Communication at LSE, Dr Grace Yuehan Wang writes about ASEAN’s AI Governance guide as it diverges from EU rules, emphasising innovation and cultural sensitivity and discusses the challenges in balancing regional nuances with global AI governance standards.

The Role of NGOs in International Development: Emaan Siddique explores the complex role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in international development, highlighting both their potential benefits and pitfalls.

Navigating the Precarious Waters: UNRWA’s funding crisis and the critical issue of donor dependency: Julia Schulze argues that UNRWA’s current funding crisis threatens essential services for Palestinian refugees and calls for a reassessment of funding mechanisms within the UN system.

Argentina and Türkiye: Two very different countries, the same problem: Heiner Flassbeck, former German vice-minister of Finance and Dr Patrick Kaczmarczyk compare the developments in Argentina and Türkiye and argue that the only way to address the problem is through cooperative behaviour of the government, businesses, and trade unions.

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.