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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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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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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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.

Plenary speakers

Mahmood Mamdani (Columbia University) Sponsored by Development & Change

Robtel Neajai Pailey (University of Oxford) Sponsored by Journal of Development Studies

Sheela Patel (Slum Dwellers International) Sponsored by Journal of International Development

You can view some of the keynotes and the getting published sessions at the Open University website.

DSA2019 conference programme

Title: DSA2019: Opening up development: Development Studies Association: https://doi.org/10.22582/DSA2019prg

Summary: This conference programme details the panels, papers, and events that form the DSA annual conferences at the Open University, 19th – 21st June 2019.


  • Timetable
  • Welcome to DSA2019
  • Theme: Opening up development
  • Practical information
  • Milton Keynes guide
  • Events and meetings
  • Book exhibit
  • Panel streams
  • Daily timetable
  • Panel and paper abstracts
  • List of participants
  • Panel grid
  • Map of Venue