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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16-19 June 2020

New Leadership for Global Challenges

Where and how leadership is emerging at global, regional and local levels to address critical issues?

Rethinking leadership for global challenges

Srilatha Batliwala, Senior Advisor, Knowledge Building with CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action) and Senior Associate, Gender at Work

Sponsored by Oxford Development Studies

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Oxford Development Studies


Watch Srilatha Batliwala’s plenary below


What if we selected our leaders by lottery? Democracy by sortition, liberal elections and communist revolutionaries

Alpa Shah, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics


‘We are not poor’: new forms of resistance to extractivism in Xolobeni, South Africa

Shireen Hassim, Canada 150 Research Chair: Gender and African Politics, Carleton University and Visiting Professor, WiSER, Wits University

Sponsored by Journal of Development Studies

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Watch Shireen Hassim’s plenary below