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We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issues

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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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North-South Research

A series of workshops exploring North-South interdisciplinary research with key messages and reports

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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


DSA2022 takes place over 3 days: 6-8 July, as well as several events taking place in May, June and earlier in the conference week in July.

This year all presentations will be pre-recorded and engaged with by delegates in advance and the live-sessions will be only for Q&A and discussion. The sessions will run in Zoom and delegates will navigate the event via the programme page of the conference website.

Early-bird registration is now CLOSED!

Registration remains OPEN but fees have increased slightly.

Everyone attending the conference, whatever your role, whether a presenter, convenor, chair, discussant, general attendee, needs to register. Even if someone else or an institution is paying for you, you need to register. You do not pay immediately at the end of the registration process, an invoice is sent to you and you have 30 days to make your payment. Please register now via the Register link at the bottom of this page.

Already registered?

– If you’ve registered but are yet to pay, please await our invoice. Invoices have to be checked by our team before sending so are not sent immediately after you register.

– If you’ve registered and paid you should have received a receipt from us and this means everything is set for you to attend the online conference. Please move on to preparing your pre-recorded presentation ready to upload 3 weeks ahead of the conference.

– If you’ve registered, paid and no longer wish to participate, see our cancellation policy below and then email us.

Please note that while joining DSA is not compulsory we strongly encourage you to do so, and support the community! Signing up for membership and paying the membership fee is a separate process from registering for the conference and paying the registration fee but we can send you one invoice for both fees if you wish, just email us and request that. Membership for students is only £11. All those from and residing in low and middle-income countries can become a DSA member for free. For further information about DSA membership and to join up, please visit the DSA membership page.


Registrations cancelled (notifying us by email) more than three weeks before the conference will be refunded, less a small amount to cover administrative and finance costs. Cancellations made within three weeks of the event will be ineligible for such a refund, due to costs already incurred. Refunds at that point will be discretionary.


The fees provide each delegate with access to all sessions of the virtual conference over the 3 days (and any of the events taking place before the conference). There are no day attendance rates for the virtual conference.


The conference fees are:

Non-member: £130

Member: £90, plus Membership £64/yr
*global North policy makers and civil society/NGO workers can register at this rate without the need for membership

Concession non-member: £50
(student, retired global North academic, gN academic on either precarious/short contracts < 1 year or fractional) Add your current status to the comment box, e.g. ‘retired’ or ‘precarious position’

Concession member: £30, plus Membership £32/yr
(retired global North delegate)

Concession member: £30, plus Membership £11/yr
(students from or based in global North)

Low or middle-income country delegates: £20, plus free membership – those choosing this category will need to sign up to the fee waiver DSA membership category.
(colleagues from and based in low- or middle-income countries)

When the early-bird period ended, fees rose by £10 across all categories except the low/middle-income country delegate category.

These fees provide each delegate with access to all sessions of the virtual conference over the 3 days including social & optional events. There are no day attendance rates for the virtual conference.