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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Governance

Find out about our constitution and how we are run

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People

Meet our Council members and other stuff who support the running of DSA

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About

The DSA Conference is an annual event which brings together the development studies community

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DSA2021

Our conference this year is themed "Unsettling Development"

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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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Publications

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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Business and development

The Business and Development (formerly the CSR) study group welcomes all those with research, practitioner or policy interests that explore, illustrate or critique the impact of business and corporations on development, and/or the ways that development issues can impact back into corporations.

We provide a forum for exploring a wide variety of issues ranging from corporate social responsibility to a broader understanding of the relationship between business and society. We aim to provoke open and stimulating debate in a spirit of mutual respect for differences of opinion. We therefore welcome all perspectives and encourage membership from outside academia and from across the world. The group’s activities include hosting an annual workshop and convening a panel at the annual DSA conference.

We are a dynamic group and in 2019 we expanded the oversight of the group to include both convenors and committee members. This has allowed us to include all those interested in being more actively involved in leading the group and whilst also allowing for responsibilities to be divided between the team.

Convenors

Ana P. Borges Pinho, PhD Candidate, University of Sao Paulo

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Dr. Jo-Anna Russon, Research Fellow: VET Africa 4.0,  School of Education, University of Nottingham

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Dr Farwa Sial, Research Fellow, The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), University of Manchester

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Dr Jessica Sklair, Research Fellow, Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

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Committee Members

Dr Aurelie Charles, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

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Dr Helen Hawthorne, Lecturer in Politics, Department of Law and Politics, Middlesex University

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Dr Luís MahDepartment of Economics, ISEG-Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Universidade de Lisboa

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Mailing list

If you wish to join the Business and Development Study Group and be subscribed to this mailing list, please contact the Mailing List administrator, Ana Paula Borges Pinho: [email protected]

You can also follow the Business and Development Study Group on Twitter – @BusinessandDsa

 

Forthcoming meetings

DSA2020 Conference Panel 

Business and Development Panel at the DSA Conference – (P01) Private Sector Leaders, Processes and Linkages in the Global South: Changing structures and the pursuit of the SDGs.

 

Previous meetings

Spring Workshops 2020

New avenues for research on business and development 

Margaret Anstee Centre, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, 12th March 2020, 10am– 4pm. Workshop discussions were led by:

  • Peter Lund-Thomsen (Copenhagen Business School): Business and Development: Issues and Perspectives
  • Michael Wendelboe Hansen (Copenhagen Business School): International Business and Economic Development
  • Jodie Thorpe (Institute of Development Studies): State-Business Relations and Development (tbc)
  • Emma Mawdsley (University of Cambridge): Financialisation and Development; South-South Development Cooperation

Workshop chair: Jessica Sklair (University of Cambridge)

 

Global value chains, business and development 

ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics & Management, University of Lisbon, 7th February 2020. Workshop discussions were led by:

  • Roberta Rabellotti (University of Pavia): GVCs and innovation systems
  • Farwa Sial (University of Manchester): The intersection of business, GVCs, innovation and informality through CSR

Workshop chair: Luís Mah (ISEG-Universidade de Lisboa)

Winter 2018 Workshop 

12th December, University of Bath Pall Mall, London

Partnerships in Practice: Issues of inequality and power – has anything changed?

This workshop explored the experience of partnership between the private sector and development actors and if / how SDG17 might best be realised in practice. How might private sector involvement enable or further undermine efforts to achieve meaningful partnership between development actors at different levels? Do new possibilities emerge for partnerships in practice?