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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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2017 – Sustainability interrogated: societies, growth, and social justice

University of Bradford

Sustainability is increasingly conceptualised as a form of ‘public good’ in development theory and practice. But the idea of sustainability has always been contentious, mediated by power relations at global, regional, national and local levels. Deconstructing the different varieties of “sustainability” was central to discussions. Is sustainability a radical agenda, demanding an alternative form of global development or a new form of capitalism, or a conservative agenda that seeks to maintain a status quo based on inequality and extraction?

Development and Change annual lecture and interview

Michael Redclift – Sustainable development in the age of contradictions



DSA2017 conference programme

Title: DSA2017: Sustainability interrogated: societies, growth, and social justice: Development Studies Association: https://doi.org/10.22582/DSA2017prg

Summary: This programme details the panels, papers, and events that form the DSA annual conference at the University of Bradford, 6th – 8th September 2017.


  • Welcome from the DSA President
  • Welcome from the Division of Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford
  • DSA2017 conference theme
  • Practical information
  • Bradford guide
  • Events and meetings
  • Book Exhibit
  • Daily timetable
  • Panel and paper abstracts
  • List of participants
  • Conference planner