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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New books

GDI is celebrating the release of two new books by GDI academics – Armando Barrientos’ Social Protection in Latin America: Causality, Stratification and Outcomes (Palgrave) and Charis Enns’ Settler Ecologies: The Enduring Nature of Settler Colonialism in Kenya(University of Toronto Press), co-authored with Brock Bersaglio.

Social Protection in Latin America offers a comprehensive analysis of social protection in Latin America, its origins, institutions, and outcomes, advocating a causal inference approach to the study of the institutions that have dominated social protection in the region: occupational insurance, individual retirement savings, and social assistance. If you’d like to watch a lecture based on the book’s findings, head to the GDI YouTube channel. Armando has also written a blog based on the book, in which he explores the viability of implementing a European-style ‘welfare state’ in Latin America.

Settler Ecologies tells the story of how settler colonialism becomes memorialized and lives on through ecological relations. Drawing on eight years of research in Laikipia, Kenya, the book uses immersive methods to reveal how animals and plants can be enrolled in the reproduction of settler colonialism. Listen to a podcast interview with Charis about the book on the New Books Network.

Other publications

GDI podcasts

Episodes on the GDI podcast this month include: