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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DSA Scotland

DSA Scotland holds one day and mini conferences promoting cross-regional and cross-disciplinary dialogue between PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and academics with expert knowledge working on development issues.


  • Mozammel Huq, University of Strathclyde: Email
  • Michael Tribe, University of Strathclyde: Email 

Management team:

In addition to the two convenors above, the DSA Scotland management team is made up of:

Forthcoming meetings

The management team for the DSA Scotland Study Group has agreed to hold the 2024 mini-conference on Friday 6th September at the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley.

The meeting will be co-hosted by the UWS PCRC (Protracted Crisis Research Centre) and UWS CAREED (Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development).

The theme selected for the main session of the day is “Migration in the Global South”, but two other sessions will be devoted to presentations of a more general nature and to presentations by doctoral research students. The first session is likely to have three or four presentations (perhaps with a round table), the second session is likely to have three presentations, and the third session is likely to have three or four presentations.

Previous meetings

  • The DSA Scotland Study Group held a meeting on 3 July 2023 at the University of Glasgow. The principal theme was “Decolonising Aid” for the first session, with presentations on a wider range of international development issues in a second session, and current doctoral research students will be making presentations in the third session. You can read the full report and a summary of the day. Neoliberal Policies for Economic Development: Critical Review. See the full call here.
  • January 2020, Strathclyde University: DSA Scotland meeting. You can see the report from this meeting here and you can access/download the presentations via the SG convenor’s website.
  • August 2019, University of the West of Scotland: CAREED Conference. At the end of August CAREED (Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development) held its Annual Conference at the University of the West of Scotland, where it is based. Read the report. For further details about the conference please go to the UWS website and search for CAREED, or contact Professor John Struthers or Dr Dina Nziku.
  • June 2018, University of Glasgow: DSA Scotland meeting: Contemporary approaches to development policy.
  • December 2017, University of Strathclyde: DSA Scotland meeting. The main theme for discussions was “Education for all (EFA): The UN Agenda”.