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 2021 – Unsettling Development

Our 2021 conference focuses on “Unsettling Development”, while also encompassing the broad range of development studies interests. By this we mean the multiple pressures that are reshaping how we think, study and effect progressive social change. COVID19, climate change, populism, demands for racial justice and the rise of new powers are among the themes that will be explored.


Going virtual in 2021

Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and when it might be possible to have large conference events in-person, the DSA Council have decided that DSA2021 will be held as a virtual, online conference.  As in 2020, we do not want to lose the opportunity to gather and learn from each other and we aim to improve on last year’s online experience so that we can network and engage virtually even more effectively. We realise we will all miss some of the benefits of a direct contact meeting, but we can take solace in the many positive aspects, such as our reduced environmental footprint and equalising the potential for participation between global North and South.