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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GDI April news

GDI receives transformational gift from Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation

The GDI has received £2 million from the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation, a gift that builds on previous donations and will help the institute deliver an ambitious programme of work aimed at redefining the role of global development research in the 21st century. This supports the GDI’s overarching mission of addressing global inequalities and promoting a socially just world for all. Read more

GDI academic awarded two prestigious research fellowships for project on African Political Economy

Dr Pritish Behuria, Associate Professor in Politics, Governance, and Development at the Global Development Institute, has been awarded two prestigious grants for a project entitled ‘Varieties of African Capitalisms: The Contemporary Vulnerabilities of Developmentalism in a Neoliberal Global Political Economy’.

The grants include The British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship and The Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Read more

Blog posts

An overview of a recent launch event for One World Together’s Community Space.

An extract from Sam Hickey and Kunal Sen’s new book, Pathways to Development: From Politics to Power.

New publications

Smith Ouma published a chapter – ‘Realising Rights in Complex Informal Settlements Contexts: The Case of Mukuru Informal Settlements, Nairobi.’ in Cobbinah, P.B. & Gaise, E. (eds) Reimagining Urban Planning in Africa (Cambridge University Press).

PGR Anna Thurlbeck published a book review of Portia Roelofs’ Good Governance in Nigeria: Rethinking Accountability and Transparency in the Twenty-First Century in the Journal of Development Studies