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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IDD Birmingham June news

New publications

Soomin Oh (with Pablo Beramendi and Melissa Rogers), ‘Political decentralisation and the spatial distribution of infant mortality in less developed nations’, Regional Studies

Thinking and Working Politically Community of Practice

On the 29th of April, TWP hosted an online event in collaboration with the Global Partners Governance and The Asia Foundation on Development and Politics, to understand how development practitioners could work together with politicians to realise meaningful change. A recording and further information is available here.

TWP published their Bi-Monthly newsletter on the 25th of April. This edition featured an interview with Greg Power OBE about his recent book “Inside the Political Mind: The Human Side of Politics and How it affects Development”, and some recent publications, events and courses from a Thinking and Working Politically perspective. The newsletter can be found here. The next edition will be published in June 2024.

Media and public engagement

Kailing Xie was interviewed and quoted, Meet the “digital parents” giving millions in China a vision of family love they never had. She was also invited to give a talk on ‘China’s reproductive future’ at UCL’s Thomas Coram Research Unit in Sociology and to present her research paper on ‘Child marriage in China’s pro-natalist turn’ at the ‘Reproductive justice now!’ conference organised by the University of Amsterdam and University College London.

IDD’s Emmanuel Emole (Masters student and Mo Ibrahim scholar) & Glanis Changachirere (PhD student and one of the UN’s Ten African Women leaders we admire) triumphed at the semi-final of the Inter-University African Debate! The final will be held at UK Parliament on 10 June, against Queen Mary University of London.

A group of 28 MSc students from IDD recently enjoyed a two-night stay at the Raymond Priestley Centre in the Lake District. The students participated in a packed programme of activities, including kayaking, sailing, gorge scrambling, orienteering and biking. The programme also included reflection sessions and several innovative group challenges, designed to develop a range of employability skills such as teamworking, creative problem solving and leadership. Student feedback on the trip was overwhelmingly positive, and we hope to be able to offer a similar trip next year.