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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On the blog

Entries on the GDI blog this month include:

  • An overview of the ways in which GDI academics are tackling contemporary crises through their research
  • An article exploring the role of the Africa Charter in decolonising Development Studies. You can watch the recent DSA webinar from which this blog stems here.
  • A blog post celebrating the GDI members who secured a spot on the newly unveiled Bicentenary Way.
  • Reflections from Vinka Maharani on returning home upon completing a master’s degree as an international student.


GDI released one podcast episode this month featuring Joan Martínez-Alier, an economist and emeritus professor of economics and senior researcher at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


Elisa Gambino published ‘Infrastructure, time and labour: movement and suspension along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor’ with Ricardo Reboredo in Territory, Politics, Governance.

Sophie van Huellen published ‘How to overcome rent seeking in Tanzania’s skills sector? Exploring feasible reforms through discrete choice experiments’ with Antonio Andreoni (SOAS), Lucas Katera (REPOA) and Cornel Jahari (REPOA) in World Development.

Charis Enns co-authored ‘Infrastructuring zoonoses: Zoonoses, infrastructures, and the life giving and taking politics of pandemic prevention’ with Brock Bersaglio for Progress in Human Geography.

Pritish Behuria published ‘Mauritius’ next growth phase: a new plan is needed as the tax haven era fades’ for The Conversation.

Seth Schindler published a comment piece with Kevin Ward for Global Policy – Mobilising the homefront: Will cities in the US heed the State Department call and rally to support Washington’s foreign policy?

Adam Aboobaker published ‘What to do about the South African economy?’ in Africa is a Country.


  • On Friday, June 7th, GDI hosted ‘Cotton Capital: Slavery and The University of Manchester’ in partnership with Creative Manchester and Guardian Live as part of the Universally Manchester Festival. Chaired by David Olusoga, panellists including GDI’s Uma Kothari, journalist Maya Wolfe-Robinson, and recent graduate Jeevan Sanghera discussed how Transatlantic Slavery shaped the University of Manchester and the wider city. You can watch the event back on YouTube.
  • On June 5th, Gindo Tampubolon delivered a session as part of the GDI webinar series on ‘Growing up in poverty, growing old with multimorbidity in America, Britain, China & Europe’. You can watch the session back here.