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DSA2022

Our conference this year is themed "Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile world"

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DSA2022

6-8 July 2022: Online Conference at University College London

Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile world

Justice and equity, just futures in an urbanising and mobile world, facing a climate and ecological crisis in a pandemic or post-pandemic context

DSA Conference 2022

The DSA2022 Conference has now concluded.
We hope you enjoyed the events and sessions over the 3 days.

If you missed any sessions…

Plenaries
Everyone can now watch the  in-conference plenaries and the pre-conference webinars. These are open to all, not just registered delegates.

Conference events recordings & presentations
All other event recordings are now online for all logged in, paid-up delegates to watch.
You can find the embedded video recording for an event via the programme page (in the drop down boxes) or the panel explorer (beneath the panel/workshop abstracts).

NB! Ensure you are logged in on the conference website (log in button is in top right hand corner of this screen) to be able to watch/view videos and PDF slides/papers.
See our video on how to do this.

 

Last chance!  Exhibitor offers for delegates
Do check out the discounts and offers for conference delegates from several development studies publishers.

Download the DSA2022 Delegate PDF Booklet

 

WATCH the DSA2022 Conference poem video below!

 

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Watch the DSA2022 Conference Opening Poem!

 

Read the poem ‘When I look back’ – collaboratively made by DSA2022 conference delegates under the guidance of Cameron Holleran, poet-in-residence at UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity, based on their reflections of the conference and it’s core theme – Just Sustainable Futures.

 

 

Watch this welcome video for a flavour of what to expect from #DSA2022.

 

The DSA’s annual conference in 2022 took place online, organised and hosted by University College London. The conference adopted 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.

The conference brought researchers and practitioner in the development studies field to explore just futures in an urbanising and mobile world. The innovative conference format adopted a range of approaches in order to get the most from the online format and make it an even more inclusive event. DSA and UCL aimed to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and safe forum where the development studies community can share work, discuss ideas and connect with others. 

Conference Host:
The conference was hosted by UCL academics in the following departments: Bartlett Development Planning Unit, Institute for Global Prosperity, Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP), Centre for Education and International Development, Institute of Education.

Local Organising Committee Contact person:
Dr Andrea Rigon

All pre-conference webinars were kindly sponsored by the UCL Grand Challenge and Global Engagement Office.

 

Conference theme – Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile world

The mobility of people – both within and across borders – remains a critical but increasingly contested feature of global capitalism. Cities are the primary destination point for people on the move and most people will live in towns and cities by the end of this century. Urbanisation continues to hold out the promise of modernity and economic growth whilst exacerbating inequalities and posing significant environmental and public health challenges. Urban areas are now focal points for addressing some of the most pressing global problems, including inequalities, lack of decent jobs, resilience and poor health; addressing the ecological footprint of cities will be fundamental to promoting climate justice. Rural-urban linkages remain central to development challenges, including food security, conflict and humanitarian crises, youth employment and structural transformation. Climate change, the ecological crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic are challenging core assumptions around the nature of development at urban, national and global levels, recasting the nature of equity and justice across north and south and between present and future generations.

This conference adopted 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. It explored the interconnections of these three major processes, and their implications for future development. Thinking across multiple scales and spatialities – rural/urban, urban/national/global – provided new insights into the possibilities of just development futures.

DSA2022 examined the over-arching themes and questions available here >>