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.

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

21 May 2024. GDI Tanja Bastia, Nadiah Ahmad and Sheril A. Bustaman will host a webinar and film screening of Sheril’s film Migrants: Joy, Rest & Celebration. Register via Zoom.

23 May 2024. Conversations with Naila Kabeer. Reversed realities and feminist economic strategies for today’s world. Register to attend online and in-person.

29 May 2024. DPU. (Local) actions shaping urban environmental trajectories in the global South as part of DPU70 Dialogues in Development. A hybrid event on (local) actions shaping urban environmental trajectories in the global South, focusing on key turning points in research and practice, and showcasing the contribution of Professor David Satterthwaite. Register

5 June 2024. GDI. Gindo Tampubolon will deliver a webinar about ‘Growing up in poverty, growing old with multimorbidity’. Find out more and sign up here.

12 June 2024. DPU. Forefronting Local and Regional Government Actions to Achieve SDG11 as part of DPU70 Dialogues in Development. Consider upcoming challenges for the UN High Level Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. Register to join online or in-person.

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.