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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LSE – June 2024 news

Latest publications

Kirk, Thomas, Pendle, Naomi and Vasilyeva, Anastasia (2024) Humanitarian protection activities and the safety of strangers in the DRC, Syria and South Sudan. Global Policy. ISSN 1758-5880

Shami, Mahvish (2024) What do brokers provide for urban slums? Journal of International Development. ISSN 0954-1748

Lewis, David, Bowers, Rebecca, Heslop, Luke and Tawfic, Simon (2024) From ecosystems to advicescapes: business, development and advice in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Journal of South Asian Development. ISSN 0973-1741

Kabeer, Naila (2024) Social protection, livelihoods and ‘structural gaps’: impact assessment as stories of social change. LSE Public Policy Review, 3 (2). ISSN 2633-4046

Faguet, Jean-Paul, Matajira, Camilo and Sánchez, Fabio (2024) Encomienda, the colonial state, and long-run development in Colombia.

Renegotiating Patriarchy: Gender, Agency and the Bangladesh Paradox, by Naila Kabeer

Out September 2024 via Open Access with LSE Press. This book will be free to read and download and has received advance praise from authors and academics including Monica Ali, Sherry B. Ortner, Jane Humphries, Craig Calhoun, and others.

“A brilliant and powerful book that gives voice to ordinary Bangladeshi women, a welcome antidote to ’top-down’ theories of development that shines a light on the crucial role that women play in how social change actually happens.” — Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane and Love Marriage.

From LSE’s International Development blog

Brazil’s G20 Summit in November 2024: High stakes, high drama
Professor Robert Wade discusses Brazil’s upcoming hosting of the G20 summit, outlining its challenges in navigating global governance dynamics, geopolitical tensions, and the quest for inclusivity and legitimacy within the forum. Read.

Reimagining FCDO’s Global Role: A blueprint for 2040
Professor in Practice Duncan Green explains why The World in 2040: Renewing the UK’s Approach to International Affairs is an example of good policy writing and could impact FCDO reform. Read.

Protest in a Time of Monsters: Media coverage of the London ceasefire marches

Professor Kate Meagher discusses the series of protest marches in London calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and adherence to international law. She highlights the disparity between the peaceful nature of the marches and their portrayal in mainstream media as extremist gatherings. Read.