The Development Studies Association is the UK's learned society and professional body for academic teaching and research, policy and practice in the field of international development.
Membership is open to anybody with an interest in development studies. We currently have over 600 members (including students), made up of individuals and approximately 40 institutions, mainly from the academic and NGO sectors. Most members are UK-based as this is where our Study Group meetings and association conferences take place, but all are welcome.
Joining the DSA plugs you into the latest thinking to further your
research, inform your advocacy work or make a practical difference on
the ground. We're the largest national body for people working in
development studies, and our annual conference is a highlight of the
Whether you're a student, a researcher, lecturer or a policy officer in an NGO, we offer modest joining fees.
Why join the DSA?
On joining the DSA you get the following benefits:
- Study group membership - you can join as many as you like. Research students get financial help for travel to Study Group meetings (conditions apply).
- Discounted registration fees - for the annual conference.
- Free publicity - you can share your findings and promote your publications through our monthly Bulletin and via the DSA website.
- Online open access directory of members - this searchable database shows your interests, publications and contact details. Useful to help you team up with people working on similar topics.
- Discounts on development publications. See our T&F catalogue.
- Be connected - to a community of like-minded people working in development.
- Get consulted - you can take part in large consultations through us.
But it's not just about what you get, but what you support:
- help the DSA to represent the interests of Development Studies in various national and international fora.
- contribute to the activities of Study Groups and the vitality of the largest national body for people working in development studies.
Annual subscription fees
Membership runs for one year from 1st February. Anyone 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.
The fees are set as follows:
Individual: £60 per year; or £280 for five-year membership
Concession: £30 per year (for retired academics and the unwaged)
Student: £10 for undergraduate, masters or doctorate students (Fee reduced for 2018/19)
LDC membership: if you are both living in a developing economy and a national of an LDC, then membership is free
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