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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Environment, natural resources and climate change

The ENRCC group was formed in 2015 and welcomes a broad range of interests related to the environment and development. These may include a focus on different types of renewable natural resources (water, forests, fisheries, etc.), different analytical perspectives (political economy, political ecology, institutional, common property theory, governance etc.), a concern with the relationships between poverty and the environment and analyses of climate change and development.

Areas of activity include:

  • Workshops and seminars
  • Panel proposals to the DSA Conference
  • Sharing of conference and workshop calls
  • Contributions to edited books


Those interested in getting involved in the group should contact the group convenor with contact information and information on their areas of interest. Ideas for group activities and collaborations are very welcomed.



Clare Barnes, University of Edinburgh & Brock Bersaglio, University of Birmingham

c.barnes(AT)ed.ac.uk and b.d.bersaglio(AT)bham.ac.uk


Mailing list

If you’d like to keep up to date with news and events from the ENRCC study group, please sign up here. If not already, please consider becoming a member of DSA before signing up to a study group.


Forthcoming events



Previous events

February 2020, ECCI, University of Edinburgh

Making Interdisciplinarity work in Environmental Change Research

Jointly organised by: Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes, University of Edinburgh & DSA’s Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Study Group

Workshop themes:

  • How do interdisciplinary teams create a common problem understanding and research approach across disciplines? And how do they convey this in research proposals?
  • How can relationships be built within interdisciplinary teams? This includes paying attention to the intersections of discipline, seniority, Global North/South, gender and other power dynamics, as well as to the time taken to develop constructive collaborations
  • How can interdisciplinary teams work together to create ‘impact’? What do we consider to be the impacts of interdisciplinary research projects?
  • Building on points 1-3, what lessons are there for funding applications and wider institutional structures?


May 2017, University of Birmingham

Analysing natural resource governance: learning from contrasting approaches

Organised by Fiona Nunan, International Development Department, University of Birmingham, and Mikkel Funder, Danish Institute for International Studies


Several of the contributions were subsequently included in the Governing Renewable Natural Resources: Theories and frameworks (edited by F. Nunan), published in 2020 by Routledge.


Other news

Making Climate Compatible Development Happen

This edited volume, published by Routledge, contains chapters by members of the study group and is co-branded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (cdkn.org). The genesis of the Making Climate Compatible Development Happen began with a panel session at the DSA conference in 2013, at which several of the contributors to the volume presented. The volume is edited by Fiona Nunan.