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

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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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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Digital Technologies, Data and Development

This group covers all aspects of the relationship between the development process and digital systems (data, information, technology, platforms, ecosystems, etc.) in recognition of the ever-growing role of digitalisation and datafication in development.  It covers both strategic/policy and tactical/project levels; both technical and socio-political issues; and encompasses all lifecycle aspects: readiness, design and development, adoption, use and impact.


Richard Heeks (University of Manchester)

Gianluca Iazzolino (University of Manchester)

Next event

Panel on ‘Digital Transformation for Development’: The study group will be holding a panel on “Digital Transformation for Development” at the 2023 DSA conference.  The panel welcomes presentations that analyse the causes, discourse, cases and impact of digital transformation within development.

Prospective presenters should submit a “paper proposal” (title, author names & emails, short abstract of <300 characters; long abstract of <250 words) via the conference online form with a deadline of 10 Feb 2023.  More details online here.

Previous meetings

The group has held panels each year at the DSA Annual Conference:

  • in 2022, three panels on:
    • Reimagining mobile livelihoods, rethinking digital ‘grey’ economies
    • Researching the post-pandemic city through digital ethnography
    • Role of digital technology and innovations in bridging gender-inequality for just sustainable futures
  • on “China’s Digital Expansion in the Global South” in 2021
  • on “Digital Development Leadership” in 2020;
  • on “Digital Development” in 2019;
  • on “Digital Inequalities and Development” in 2018;
  • and “Connectivity at the Bottom of the Pyramid: ICT4D and Informal Economic Inclusion” in 2017.

July 2016, University of Manchester

Big and Open Data for International Development

The workshop produced:
a) a future research agenda for “data-intensive development”
b) a network site for researchers and practitioners working in data-intensive development, which you are invited to join
See the abstracts and presentations from the workshop.

October 2014, University of Manchester

IT Sourcing and Development: New Drivers, Models and Impacts

Download the report


July 2013, University of Manchester

New Models of Innovation for Development

Download the report (PDF); view the papers


June 2011, LSE

Understanding Development Through Actor-Network Theory Workshop

View the working papers (go to Actor-Network Theory for Development in the drop-down)


Other outputs

New Models of Inclusive Innovation for Development

The special issue of Innovation and Development journal on “New Models of Inclusive Innovation for Development” has now been published. This incorporates six papers from the 2013 ITD Study Group meeting on innovation and development, held at the University of Manchester; three of which are on permanent open access. The overview paper – is available via open access. It defines and analyses inclusive innovation, and identifies future policy and research priorities.