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 and decolonising development.

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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, how we are run and meet our Council

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Meet our Council members and other staff 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 "Social justice and development in a polarising 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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PhD Student Masterclass

26–28 June 2024, Hybrid at SOAS University of London

Social justice and development in a polarising world

rights and representation; redistribution and restoration; reproduction and production

Call for PhD Masterclasses is now CLOSED

PhD students were invited to apply for one of 15 places to participate in a Masterclass preceding the DSA2024 conference, where they will receive expert feedback on their PhD project and key issues emanating from their work.

They were required to submit a long abstract (up to 500 words)  briefly outlining their PhD project and the key challenge to focus on (for example, gender and development, methodologies such as decolonising development, labour, work and precarity, international organisations and agenda setting, environment and climate change).



Application process

Deadline for applications: 8 April, 2024

All those wishing to participate in the PhD Masterclass MUST also register and pay to attend the DSA2024 conference. As PhD students you are eligible to apply for funding to assist with registration and participation costs at the conference. The call for funding closes on 9th March – you can apply via our website before you receive the decision on your Masterclass application.

The preferred format for the Masterclasses is face-to-face sessions, so we hope all successful applicants can attend the Masterclasses and the conference in person. If this is not possible and you can only attend online, please email the conference organisers to let them know.

Applicants will be notified by 28 April with the committee’s decision.

The masterclass sessions are highly popular and demand exceeds the number of places available. The DSA regrets that not everyone who applies will be allocated a place and priority will be given to those applicants whose work aligns closely with the conference theme.

Masterclass format:

Each successful applicant will have 45 minutes allocated to them in the Masterclass.

This time will be used to give a short presentation (10 mins), engage with feedback from a discussant (5 mins) and participate in a more general discussion around the issues raised. The aim is for participants to receive excellent, focused feedback, from the experts/discussants and audience members, but also to highlight issues that may be common to other researchers in the audience so we can collectively consider how to address them.

Five sessions will run in parallel from 10:00 – 13:00 on the morning of June 25, chaired by members of the committee that selected the abstracts. Successful applicants must submit a four page paper by June 4, 2024 expanding on their abstract for the discussants to comment on and to share with people attending the Masterclass ahead of the conference.

Experts and discussants will be leading academics who are part of the DSA and/or part of the ESRC UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership.