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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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We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

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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 "Unsettling Development"

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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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28 June – 2 July 2021: Online Conference at UEA

Unsettling Development

COVID19, climate change, populism, demands for racial justice and the rise of new powers are among the themes that will be explored.

Plenary 1: Historical perspective on pandemics across disciplines

Monday, 28 June, 10:00 – 11:45

Opening words on behalf of Journal of Development Studies by Oliver Morrissey

Bringing together a development studies researcher who works on recovery from disasters with a historian, a novelist and a public health professor to look at the role of history and art in understanding and responding to Covid-19.


Mark Bailey – Professor of Late Medieval History at the University of East Anglia. In 2019 he was the James Ford Lecturer in British History at the University of Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, exploring the impact of the Black Death on the society and economy of fourteenth-century England.

Sarah Hawkes – Sarah Hawkes is the Director of the Centre for Gender and Global Health, and a medical doctor with a degree in sociology and a PhD in epidemiology. She is Professor of Global Public Health at University College London where she leads a research theme analysing the use of evidence in policy processes, particularly in relation to gender and health, and sexual health. She has lived and worked for much of the past 20 years in Asia, where she has gathered evidence, built capacity and helped develop policy for programmes focusing on gender, sexual health and human rights. She works closely with national governments, research organisations, WHO and UNFPA in Asia and the Middle East.

Paul Heritage – Paul Heritage is a Professor of Drama and Performance at Queen Mary; University of London; International Associate at the Young Vic; Associate Producer at Barbican; and International Adviser to the Brazilian Ministry of Culture on the Cultura Viva initiative. In 2004 he was made a Knight of the Order of Rio Branco by the Brazilian government.

Teresa Armijos Burneo – is a Lecturer in Natural Resources and Development at the School of International Development. She is a social scientist, with more than 10 years of experience in interdisciplinary research that critically explores the intersection between the environment and development. Her research combines approaches from political ecology, development studies, history and decolonial theories to study disaster risk, and the politics of resource management. Teresa’s research applies participatory methodologies and the creative arts to co-produce knowledge with those most affected by environmental change. She has worked in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, St. Vincent, Montserrat and Guatemala.

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Plenary 2: Race and development: What’s so unsettling?

Thursday, 1 July, 12:15 – 14:00

Opening words on behalf of Oxford Development Studies by Nandini Gooptu

In this Development Studies Association 2021 closing plenary, co-founders of the Race and Development Working Group discuss insights gleaned from their three-part Roundtable Series examining the nexus between race and development, with an emphasis on 1) racialised ways of knowing development; 2) racial capitalism, imperialism and development; and 3) race, racism and the everyday in development. In particular, they converse with Christian Aid chief executive officer Amanda Khozi Mukwashi on how centring race can challenge mainstream and critical frameworks of development, and invite scholars, practitioners and policymakers to engage in self-reflexive thinking about the need for individual and institutional transformation.


  • Kamna Patel, University College London
  • Jenna Marshall, University of Kassel
  • Kalpana Wilson, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Althea-Maria Rivas, SOAS, University of London

Amanda Khozi Mukwashi is CEO of Christian Aid. Her career spans intergovernmental and non-governmental spaces, including the United Nations, VSO International and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa in Zambia. She is author of But Where Are You Really From? (SPCK, 2020).

Robtel Neajai Pailey, London School of Economics and Political Science

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