DSA2020: New Leadership for Global Challenges
University of Birmingham, 17-19 June 2020
The DSA's annual conference in 2020 will take place from 17-19 June. The conference will focus centrally on "New Leadership for Global Challenges", while also encompassing the broad range of development studies interests. Our aim is to investigate where and how leadership is emerging at global, regional and local levels to address critical issues such as climate emergency, identity-based inequalities, poverty, violence, ill-health, resource plunder, and digital surveillance.
DSA2020 conference to go Virtual!
The Coronavirus pandemic is showing as never before the extent and depth of interconnections between us and the vital importance of solidarity and mutual support. While we will not be able to meet in person as a DSA community this year, we do not want to lose the opportunity to gather and learn from each other. Rather, we want to explore new ways to share experience and work more effectively together. Council has therefore decided that DSA2020 will be held as a virtual, online conference, taking place over the same dates: 17-19 June. As we research the virtual platform to be used, we aim to blend as far as possible the best of our in-person conferences, while also taking advantage of the particular opportunities that online interaction provides.
Once we’ve chosen a platform and approach, we will provide detailed information, tutorials and guides for all participants in advance of the event.
While we will miss the direct contact of meeting in person, going virtual may have positive outcomes, with regards both to the environmental impact and equalising the potential for participation between global North and South. We hope that you will join and support us in this new initiative for the DSA.
Early-bird registration for the conference is EXTENDED until 30 April.
Please visit and read over the registration page and then register via the link on that page. We would ask you to wait until the new fees for the virtual conference are set before registering. As long as you register online during the early-bird period, you will only be charged the early-bird fee. When the early-bird period ends registration fees will rise.
Both daily and panel timetables are likely to be re-worked for the virtual conference format. We will notify all participants when this is completed.
The call for funding is now CLOSED. We aim to notify applicants in late April with the decisions. Funding will be provided by the Journal of Development Studies, the Journal of International Development and the DSA.
Fiona Nunan (University of Birmingham) & David Hudson (University of Birmingham)
The Development Studies Association (DSA) is the largest and most coherent national platform for people studying, teaching and researching development issues. We encourage all with interest in development studies or wishing to attend future conferences to join the association via our website.
Any queries, please email conference(at)devstud.org.uk.