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 "New leadership for global challenges"

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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 2020 – New leadership for global challenges

Our 2020 conference focuses on “New Leadership for Global Challenges”, while also encompassing the broad range of development studies interests. Our aim is to investigate where and how leadership is emerging at global, regional and local levels to address critical issues such as climate emergency, identity-based inequalities, poverty, violence, ill-health, resource plunder, and digital surveillance.


Going virtual for 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has shown as never before the extent and depth of interconnections between us and the vital importance of solidarity and mutual support. We couldn’t meet in person as a DSA community in 2020, but we did not want to lose the opportunity to gather and learn from each other. Rather, we want to explore new ways to share experience and work more effectively together.

Council therefore decided that DSA2020 would be held as a virtual, online conference. While we will miss the direct contact of meeting in person, we hope that going virtual may have positive outcomes, in terms of both the environmental impact and equalising the potential for participation between global North and South.