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

10 June – 15 June 2024. LSE Festival 2024: Power and Politics. Where does the power lie to face key global challenges? Have we lost faith in politics and democracy? How could the outcomes of key elections change the course of our future? Discuss, examine and explore with world-leading experts at LSE Festival 2024: Politics and Power – free and open to all.

11 June 2024. GDI. Continuing Conversations About Migration, a Community of Practice event that will continue conversations around the needs of migrant- and refugee-led organisations. With Alimamy Bangura, disability rights advocate who fled Sierra Leone in 2019 following a political career in the country, and Fabiola Mieres, researcher in the Effective Labour Market Institutions Team at the ILO Research Department. Find out more on the event page and sign up here. All welcome! You don’t have to have attended previous sessions to join and contribute.

11 June 2024, 1.00pm – 2.00pm. LSE. How can countries prepare for the next global health crisis? The panel will assess the prospects for meaningful progress, and discuss how power, politics and public opinion are affecting international pandemic response and preparedness, including the crucial question of access to vaccines and other medicines. Speakers and chair: Tine Hanrieder, Ulrich Sedelmeier, Ken Shadlen, Clare Wenham and Mathias Koenig-Archibugi. Register here to attend.

12 June 2024, 4:30 pm–6:00 pm. The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. Time to Walk the Talk: Forefronting Local and Regional Government Actions to Achieve SDG11. DPU70 Dialogues in Development report launch event, chaired by Professor Michael Walls. Open to all. Register here.

13 June 2024, 9:00 am–5:00 pm. The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. Religious Actors With or Against The State in City Making & Urban Planning. Urban Studies Foundation-funded seminar series, on the role of religious actors and organisations in the production of cities in Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa. Open to all. Book your place here.

13 June 2024, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm. The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. Queering Urbanism: A Trans Urban Morphology. Join DPU in person or online for a lecture by Dr Simona Castricum exploring the queer underground creative ecosystems flourishing in Naarm-Melbourne as vibrant and resistive sites of trans urbanism, community, and artistic identity, followed by a Q&A chaired by the Queering Urbanism team. Open to all. Book your place here.

14 June 2024, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm. The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. Religious Actors and Land Markets. DPU and UCL Department of Geography invite you to join them for a workshop where they seek to unpack religious actors’ practices within land markets and question some of the assumptions in the field of urban planning about the ways land is valued and distributed. Open to all. Book your place here.

15 June 2024, 3.30pm – 4.30pm. LSE. Power and storytelling. How can an author bring out the stories and voices buried in their research to deliver the impact they are hoping for? And how should writers communicate experiences of power and oppression that are not their own? Whether embarking on a creative novel or an academic monograph, an author is faced with choices about the ways in which they tell their stories. Speakers and chair: Naila Kabeer, Monica Ali and Philip Hensher. Register here to attend.

17-20 June 2024. The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. 2024 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research in Bogotá Colombia. Featuring Professor Julio D. Dávila as a keynote speaker. Register here.

18 June 2024, 10:30 – 15:00 BST. The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. Urban Health: A Dialogue Across Disciplines. Hear from a range of experts and to explore how DPU can leverage UCL’s strengths in urban health. Reserve a spot.

25 June 2024, at 15:00. WICID. Join the BREM PGR Workshop on “Designing and Conducting Academic Research in Authoritarian Settings” with Dr. Rabia Polat at the Faculty of Arts Building (FAB 3.32). 

27 June 2024. 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.

27 June 2024. GDI. Leadership in Development Community in Practice. A new series that explores challenges facing leaders in the development sector. The first session will cover how leaders can develop resilience in challenging times and establish topics for future sessions based on needs and problems that emerge from the discussion. Find out more on the event page and sign up here.

2 July 2024. WICID. Society & Culture Celebration Event to bring together a new network for the Society & Culture Interdisciplinary Research Spotlight. Taking place at Scarman Conference Centre, University of Warwick. For more information click here.

4 July 2024, 9 AM-2 PM. WICID. Sustainability Spotlight: Mapping Sustainability Research at Warwick. Join Warwick’s Sustainability Spotlight “time to talk” event. Network, strategize, and shape the future of sustainability research. Register here.

29 August 2024 to 30 August 2024. Centre for Development Studies (CDS) is co-hosting the GlobalGoals2024 conference on the Future of the SDGs at Utrecht University. Find out more here.