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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The Bartlett is ranked #1 in the world for the second year
The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment is ranked #1 in the world in Architecture and the Built Environment for the second year in a row, and remains #1 in the UK for the tenth year in a row according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

PhD student Alban Hasson successfully defends thesis on Urban Agriculture and Democratisation
Congratulations to Alban Hasson who has successfully defended his thesis on the contributions of urban agriculture (UA) practitioners in London in expanding the political space towards a democratic food regime.

Nihal Hafez awarded the IJURR Foundation research grant
Congratulations to PhD student Nihal Hafez who has received the IJURR Foundation research grant to support her dissertation on the intersection between changes of political regimes and heritage practices.

Call for submissions – Climate Change and Sustainability
DPU is pleased to invite submissions to the Special Issue ‘Climate Change and Sustainability: Health Risks and Policies to Address Them—Special Focus on Urban Settings’.

Spotlight on DPU Research: Cities after dark
Dr Alessio Koliulis shares insights into his research on cities at night. Alessio is keen to explore how city managers, policymakers, and residents who live and work in urban areas can contribute to creating cities that are more equitable, sustainable, and efficient.

Post Growth: Planning After Capitalism
YouTube recording of event focused on heterodox economics, highlighting the necessity to widen the discipline to embrace diverse perspectives and approaches. This dialogue confronted the need of moving beyond traditional economic paradigms, with a focused lens on sustainability, equity and the decolonisation of economic theory. Alternatively, listen on Mixcloud here.

On the Way to School: Teens, school journeys, and health: dialogues across geographies
A DPU Dialogues in Development event and the second episode of our ‘On the Way to School’ project webinar series. This episode explored the relationship between health, active mobility and adolescence.

Migrant Geographies: Radical Urban Imaginaries
Mini documentary of the migrant geographies of the Latin Village in Seven Sisters.

Urban Visioning and Radical Imaginations: Rethinking methods for the just conquering of futures
A DPU seminar on urban visioning and radical imaginations with Dr Thaisa Comelli from UCL’s Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction.

Vulnerability and capacity to act
A DPU70 film screening drawing on the research of DPU colleagues to explore film as a method that engages with the politics of knowledge generation and ethical considerations of representation.

High Stakes, High Hopes: Urban Theorizing in Partnership
Recording of the book launch of ‘High Stakes, High Hopes’, which tracks the building of urban theorising in a decade-long urban research and teaching partnership in Cape Town, South Africa.