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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Latest episodes in the British Council’s Our World, Connected podcast series

British Council’s recently launched Our World Connected podcast examines the most pressing issues and uncovers the human stories behind them through a diverse lineup of world-renowned experts for global conversations about culture, connection, and empowerment. Each episode explores the transformative power of arts, culture, language, and education amidst global challenges.

Every fortnight they release a new episode and episode two featured DSA Council member and LSE researcher Naila Kabeer talking about How to ensure gender equality for the next generation?

Latest episodes

  • Episode 7: Youth skills in a rapidly changing world featuring Dr John Mugo and Beria Wawira – two colleagues on a mission to empower millions of young people and parents through the Zizi Afrique Foundation in Kenya.
  • Episode 6: The power of language in difficult times exploring how language learning can enhance well-being, unite communities, and support people displaced by conflict.
  • Episode 5: Climate change and cultural heritage. Cultural heritage is our link to the past – the shared stories, traditions, and places that shape who we are today but the climate emergency threatens much of this heritage around the world.