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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Find out about our constitution, how we are run and meet our Council

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Meet our Council members and other staff 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 "Social justice and development in a polarising world"

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Past 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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Find out who our members are, where they are based and the issues they work on

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2021 – Unsettling Development

Virtual - University of East Anglia

DSA2021 focused on the theme of "Unsettling Development". By this we mean the multiple pressures that are reshaping how we think, study and effect progressive social change. COVID19, climate change, populism, demands for racial justice and the rise of new powers were among the themes that were explored. The conference created a space to do this by bringing in new forms of knowledge and generating new centres of debate. The proposed conversation between the social sciences and the humanities enables a powerful reimagining of the future, while continuing to critically reflect on ongoing practices of marginalisation and adverse incorporation. We are committed to using the possibilities of new technologies throughout the conference to open sites of interaction, participation and engagement.

Conference convenors

Laura Camfield & Ben Jones, School of International Development, University of East Anglia

Plenary speakers:

Plenary 1: Historical perspective on pandemics across disciplines
Mark Bailey
(Professor of Late Medieval History at the University of East Anglia),
Sarah Hawkes (Director of the Centre for Gender and Global Health),
Paul Heritage (Professor of Drama and Performance at Queen Mary; University of London; International Associate at the Young Vic; Associate Producer at Barbican; and International Adviser to the Brazilian Ministry of Culture on the Cultura Viva initiative)
Teresa Armijos Burneo (Lecturer in Natural Resources and Development at the School of International Development),
sponsored by Journal of Development Studies

Plenary 2: Race and development: What’s so unsettling?
Kamna Patel
(University College London),
Jenna Marshall
(University of Kassel),
Kalpana Wilson
(Birkbeck, University of London),
Althea-Maria Rivas
(SOAS, University of London),
Amanda Khozi Mukwashi
(CEO of Christian Aid),
Robtel Neajai Pailey
(London School of Economics and Political Science)
sponsored by Oxford Development Studies

View the two getting published sessions’ videos from the DSA2021 conference.