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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Eat, drink and be merry at DSA2024

Need a place to have an eating-meeting during DSA2024? New to London and not sure where to grab dinner. We asked the SOAS academics to recommend some of the closest places to get a decent meal.

Pubs near SOAS (5-10 minutes walk)

Pub culture is an integral part of British life, especially student life! Pubs are a place to socialise, relax and have a drink and if you’re not from the UK it is something to experience if you want to learn about British culture, even if you don’t drink alcohol. You place your order at the bar, and take your drinks back to a table. Some of the recommendations have outdoor seating and food.

  • The Marquis Cornwallis, 31 Marchmont St, Greater, London WC1N 1AP. Note: The UK Chapter of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network organising summer drinks at this pub:
  • The Norfolk Arms, 28 Leigh St, London WC1H 9PF. This pub has outdoor seating and serves tapas.
  • Lord John Russell, 91-93 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AL. This pub has outdoor seating and does not serve food, although it allows people to bring food from the nearby fish and chips place, North Sea Fish Restaurant.
  • Two Greene King Pubs: Friend at Hand, 2-4 Herbrand St, London WC1N 1HX and The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Pl, London WC1E 7LY 

Food near SOAS (5-10 minutes walk)

Worth the walk (15 minutes walk)

  • Drummond Street, Euston – The street is best known for its Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants and supply shops, including Diwana Bhel Poori House which claims to be the oldest South Indian vegetarian restaurant in Britain, having opened in 1970. Great for vegetarians, these simple small restaurants are also typically good value.
  • Roti King, Euston – Malaysian / Singaporean. Most dishes are around the £10 mark and this is close to the train station for those taking onward travel. Halal.
  • Enish – Nigerian A place to get a fix of jollof rice and egusi next to the famous Oxford Street shopping area.