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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Governance

Find out about our constitution and how we are run

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People

Meet our Council members and other stuff who support the running of DSA

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About

The DSA Conference is an annual event which brings together the development studies community

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DSA2020

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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Publications

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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Past Conferences

Our annual conference is the UK’s meeting place for the international development community

 
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2019 – Opening up development

Open University, Milton Keynes

The conference theme, ‘Opening up Development’, aimed to draw attention to shifts in the global political economy; new forms of development intervention and activism; and the call to ‘de-colonise’ the teaching and learning of development studies. Delegates were urged to rethink the challenges of maintaining open and critical societies and inclusive economies. Meeting these challenges requires new and innovative thinking, involving non-traditional academic voices. It also means developing innovative forms of knowledge production and exchange between development research, development practice, political activism, and the arts.

2018 – Global inequalities

University of Manchester

This conference focused on global inequalities, challenging the traditional geographies of development, and demanding investigation of the power relations that generate wealth and poverty within and between countries and regions. It also emphasised the many dimensions of inequality, including gender, class, climate, race and ethnicity, region, nationality, citizenship status, age, (dis)ability, sexuality, and religion and the ways these reinforce or counteract each other.

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2017 – Sustainability interrogated: societies, growth, and social justice

University of Bradford

Sustainability is increasingly conceptualised as a form of ‘public good’ in development theory and practice. But the idea of sustainability has always been contentious, mediated by power relations at global, regional, national and local levels. Deconstructing the different varieties of “sustainability” was central to discussions. Is sustainability a radical agenda, demanding an alternative form of global development or a new form of capitalism, or a conservative agenda that seeks to maintain a status quo based on inequality and extraction?

2016 – Politics in development

2016 – Politics in development

Oxford Department of International Development


2015 – Global development as relationship: dependence, interdependence or divide?

2015 – Global development as relationship: dependence, interdependence or divide?

University of Bath
2014 – DSA annual conference

2014 – DSA annual conference

University of Birmingham
2013 – DSA Annual Conference

2013 – DSA Annual Conference

University of Birmingham
2012 – The new development cooperation landscape

2012 – The new development cooperation landscape

Institute of Education, London
2011 – Rethinking development in an age of scarcity and uncertainty

2011 – Rethinking development in an age of scarcity and uncertainty

University of York
2010 — Development paths: values, ethics and morality

2010 — Development paths: values, ethics and morality

Church House, London
2009 — Current crises and new opportunities

2009 — Current crises and new opportunities

University of Ulster, Coleraine

Historic Conferences

1971 – IDS Sussex – the First National Development Research Conference

1973 – University of East Anglia – the Second National Development Research Conference

1976 – University of Manchester – the Third National Development Research Conference

1978 – University of Strathclyde, Glasgow – the Fourth National Development Research

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1979 – University of Reading

1980 – University College, Swansea – University of Wales

1981 – University of Oxford

1982 – University College, Dublin

1983 – Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

1984 – University of Bradford

1985 – University of Bath

1986 – University of East Anglia

1987 – University of Manchester

1988 – University of Birmingham

1989 – Queen‟s University, Belfast

1990 – University of Glasgow

1991 – University College, Swansea – University of Wales

1992 – University of Nottingham

1993 – Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

1994 – University of Lancaster

1995 – University College, Dublin

1996 – University of Reading

1997 – University of East Anglia

1998 – University of Bradford

1999 – University of Bath

2000 – School of Oriental and African Studies

2001 – University of Manchester

2002 – University of Greenwich

2003 – University of Strathclyde

2004 – Church House, Westminster, London

2005 – Open University, Milton Keynes

2006 – University of Reading

2007 – Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

2008 – Church House, Westminster, London