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, why it matters, how you can study and career prospects

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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 and how we are run

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Meet our Council members and other stuff 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 "Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile 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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About our annual conference

Each year we run an annual conference to bring together the development studies community from the UK and beyond

Church House, London

This year’s conference

DSA 2022 – Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile world

Our 2022 conference will take place online, organised and hosted by University College London. This conference adopts justice and equity as central normative lenses to explore just futures in an urbanising and mobile world, facing a climate and ecological crisis in a pandemic or post-pandemic context.


Virtual again in 2022

Following DSA’s successful online conferences in 2020 and 2021, DSA2022 will also be online. This enables us to maintain the high levels of participation of recent years, particularly of colleagues based in the global South. It will also mean we can ensure equity of experience and a small carbon footprint.

However, DSA2022 will adopt a range of different approaches in order to get the most from the online format and make it even more inclusive. There is growing evidence about zoom fatigue, shorter online concentration capacity and the need for online sessions to be shorter. Lengthy synchronous online attendance has been proven to have negative effects on our wellbeing. In contrast, there is extensive pedagogical evidence to show that the quality of engagement between participants in synchronous sessions is greatly improved when all have been able to access the content to be discussed in advance and that this approach is more inclusive of a broader range of learning styles.

Inspired by the digital pedagogy expertise of our conference hosts at UCL, we want to reduce the downsides of spending too many passive hours on screen and maximise the time we have together to discuss and debate new evidence, approaches and ideas, from across different time-zones. DSA2022’s methodology will therefore exemplify some of the values underpinning the theme, including: equitable access, global engagement, knowledge exchange (across disciplines and geographies), and climate action.