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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Find out about our constitution and how we are run

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Meet our Council members and other stuff 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 "Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile 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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Become a member

Membership is open to anybody with an interest in development studies


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DSA is a friendly, inclusive organisation and we welcome anyone with an interest in development studies to join us

You may join as an individual, or as an institution.

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Membership benefits

Join the DSA to connect with like-minded people, share your ideas, and develop networks and collaborations


As part of our community, all members benefit from:

  • discounted registration fee for our annual conference (member institutions may apply for up to 6 discounted places, depending on size)
  • inclusion in our members’ directory, listing your interests, publications and contact details
  • networking within your areas of interest via our Study Groups
  • publicity for your research through our website, newsletters and social media
  • opportunities to apply for funding and prizes
  • invitations to take part in consultations
  • discounts on development studies publications


We’re proud to have built a network of leading development studies institutions from across the UK. University departments, think-tanks, NGOs, consultancies and publishers are welcome to join us as institutional members. As well as the benefits above, our institutional members have access to:

  • networking opportunities at our Heads of Centres Meeting and other DSA events
  • consultations with REF, HEFCE, Global Challenges Research Fund, and DFID White Paper processes
  • publicity for events, conferences, publications and research through our website, newsletters and social media
  • advertising and sponsorship opportunities at our annual conference


Membership runs for one year from 1st February. Institutions joining the association up until November will be joining for the current year. Those joining from November onwards can opt to take membership from February of the following year.

Individual Fees

After many years without any increases, the DSA will be making a small increase to its membership fees this coming year (2022/23). The fees have not changed since 2016, while costs have continued to rise, so there will be a small rise to cover inflation. Fees are still much lower than equivalent organisations, and offer excellent value for money. Membership fees are:

  • Individual: £64 per year; or £280 for five-year membership
  • Concession: £32 per year (for retired academics and the unwaged)
  • Student: £11 for undergraduate, masters or doctorate students
  • Fee waiver: If you are living in and a national of any low- or middle-income country, then membership is free. Others may qualify in exceptional circumstances.

Publisher Fees

The DSA offers publishers with development studies related publications the opportunity to advertise their publications via the DSA website. Publisher members may avail of discounted exhibition rates at the annual conference. Membership costs £950 per year.

Institutional Fees

The institutional fees are based on size.

  • Small Institutional Membership (annual turnover < £500k): £400 per year
  • Large Institutional Membership (annual turnover £500k – £2.5m): £850 per year
  • Level 1 Premium (turnover < £2.5m GBP): £1,750 per year
  • Level 2 Premium (turnover £2.5m-£10m GBP): £3,500 per year
  • Level 3 Premium (turnover > £10m): £4,500 per year

Join now

Joining the DSA is easy

For individual membership, complete the application form and we will send an invoice for your fees (if applicable). Membership runs for one year from 1st February.

If you’d like to join as an institution, please contact us to talk through the options.

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