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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Land, Labour and the Politics of Development Study Group webinars

The Land, Labour and the Politics of Development Study group webinars will resume in September 2024 and will be held every other month rather than bi-monthly as was the case in the 2023.

In 2023, the Land, Labour and the Politics of Development Study group launched a series of webinars under the leadership of Dr Rama Salla Dieng (University of Edinburgh). Between September 2023 and June 2024, ten webinars were organised in total, on crucial and diverse topics. Find out more about the study group and sign up for the study group newsletter.

Previous webinars

Redistribution, ownership, investment, and land administrative reform in Africa
11 December 2023, 1 pm Professor Kojo Amanor, Visiting professor, African Studies Center – TUFS / Professor, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. .

This is God’s land: Land seizures as a mechanism of land access for peri-urban farming among Malawian migrants in Zimbabwe
12 January 2024, 12.30 pm Dr. Johannes Bhanye, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of the Free State, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, South Africa.

Contract farming in Southern Africa and the global gig economy: land, labour and the workings of merchant capital.
Dr Helena Pérez Niño, Assistant Professor, ISS Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

Decolonizing the Land: The Agrarian Question in Pakistan
Dr. Noaman Ali, Lecturer in International Development, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath.

Unviable Micro-Property? Petty Production in Indian Agriculture
Professor Barbara Harriss-White, University of Oxford.

Emerging issues of climate justice, land rights and trade: The palm oil dispute between Indonesia and the European Union
Dr. Lorenzo Cotula, Principal researcher and Head of law, economies and justice programme, Natural Resources research group at the IIED.

Demanding Land Rights in Assam, India: Private property and its critique from below
Dr. Vasundhara Jairath, Assistant Professor in Development Studies at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati, India.

Green Grabbing and Carbon Offsets in India, Tanzania and Mexico
Dr Prakash Kashwan, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Brandeis University.