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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Latest events and webinars

Date TBC, 12.30 pm. DSA’s Land, Politics, and Sustainability Study group webinar:  Dr. Freedom Mazwi, Lecturer, University of Cape Town, will present South Africa Zimbabwe’s Command Agriculture: Problems of Planning under Neo-liberalism.

16 April 2024. An Abolitionist Approach to Transnational Black Feminism with Dr. K. Melchor Quick Hall. Hosted by The Black Women Writing African Politics Collective, the Makerere Institute of Social Research, and DSA’s Land, Labour and Politics of Development study group. Register.

18 April 2024. OU’s Innovation for Cancer Care in Africa project is hosting an open access book launch for Cancer care in pandemic times: building local inclusive local health security in Africa and India. Location: UCL STEaPP in London. Register.

24 April 2024, 13:00 – 14:00. Open University’s CSGD. Towards a theory of development and development studies of liberation. Dr Sebeka Plaatjie, a senior lecturer in the Department of Development Studies at the University of South Africa (Unisa), will deliver this seminar on development studies in the modern era and constructing a theory of development and development studies of liberation. Register for the seminar on development studies.

24 April 2024. SOAS Development Studies. The Incarcerations: BK-16 and the Search for Democracy in India by Alpa Shah. Find out more.

24 April 2024. IDD Birmingham. IDD 60th Anniversary Celebration and ‘The Politics of Development’ Book Launch. IDD are delighted to invite students, colleagues and alumni (both past and present!) to join them for a very special celebration of their 60th Anniversary and the launch of their exciting new book on ‘The Politics of Development’. The evening will include: welcome drinks; welcome and reflections from IDD’s Head of Department, Professor David Hudson; a student-led book launch panel, Q&A session and quiz; and post-event drinks, nibbles and socialising. The celebration is co-organised by IDD and the student-led International Development Society. The Bramall Music Building, 4pm-8pm. Book a ticket.

25 April 2024. DSA’s Land, Politics, and Sustainability Study group webinar: Dr. Lorenzo Cotula, Principal researcher and Head of law, economies and justice programme, Natural Resources research group at the IIED, will present Emerging issues of climate justice, land rights and trade: The palm oil dispute between Indonesia and the European Union. Register.

25 April 2024. IDS. Casting forward: Configuring development and development studies for troubled times. In this special event to mark the culmination of Melissa Leach’s tenure as Director of IDS, a panel of experts will debate the future of development and development studies, offering their thoughts on where development has come in the last 10 years and crucially, where it might be headed. Register for the online event.

9 May 2024. The OU’s The REDEFINE project in collaboration with CHERN and the University of York will be hosting its next free online Global China Seminar on Belt and Road Initiative at 10: Towards a Sino-Centric World Order? with Professor Jinghan Zeng, Chair in China and International Studies from Lancaster University. Register.

13 May 2024, 1pm GMT. DSA’s Land, Politics, and Sustainability Study group webinar:  Dr. Vasundhara Jairath, Assistant Professor in Development Studies at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati, India, will present Demanding Land Rights in Assam, India: Private property and its critique from below. Register.

21 May 2024: SOAS. Back to the future? Saviourism and Solidarity in Global Development. Professor Michael Jennings looks back at the first Development Decade of the 1960s, with a particular focus on the ways in which ideas around global solidarity, local action and radical ideas of decolonised practice were reflected in Tanzanian development. Register here: SOAS Inaugural Lecture Series | SOAS

23 May 2024, 12:00 – 13:00. Open University’s CSGD. The climate crisis as a long-term threat to learning – longitudinal evidence. Professor Catherine Porter, the Director of the Young Lives Research Programme at the University of Oxford, will speak on the impact of climate shocks (floods, droughts) during early childhood on later life outcomes and how social protection can mitigate these shocks. Register for ‘The climate crisis as a long-term threat to learning.’

27 June 2024, 13:00 – 14:00. Open University’s CSGD. Should social protection speak to social justice? Dr Hania Sholkamy, an associate research professor at the Social Research Centre of the American University in Cairo, will discuss whether social protection should be linked to social justice. Sign up to join CSGD’s social protection seminar.