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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global South

The global South Study Group was formed in July 2022, to broaden the perspectives inspired by the Africa  and South Asia Study Groups.  We aim to stimulate interest among academics, researchers and development practitioners from the global South and increase their participation in scholarly discourse currently enjoyed by their peers in the global North. The Study Group’s specific objectives include:

1. To engage with scholars and practitioners in the global South interested in development issues, and to facilitate a network among them.
2. To promote Global South scholarship in development studies
3. To promote mentorship opportunities for young scholars
4. To generate ideas that support theorising from scholars in the Global South
5. To share important research carried out in global South or by scholars and practitioners from the global South.


Tuesday Gichuki – – DSA Council gS representative


Rakiya Mamman – – Africa
M. Jahangir Alam Chowdhury – – Asia
Andres Patino – – South America

Regional Committee Members:

• Felix Danso – (Ghana)
• Rakiya Mamman-Simpson – (Nigeria)
• Keitumetse Mabole – (Botswana)
• Anne Marie Kagwesage – (Rwanda)

• Chester Arcilla – (Philippines)
• M. Jahangir Alam Chowdhury – (Bangladesh)
• Shabana Fayyaz – (Pakistan)
• Simran Asad – (Pakistan)

South America
• Andres Patino – (Colombia)
• Isabela Coelho – (Brazil)

Middle East
• Jakleen Al-Dalal’a – (Jordan/ UK)

Join our mailing list

Sign up to the mailing list for this study group if you are working, researching or generally interested in global South development issues. If you’re not already, please do consider becoming a member of the DSA before joining the study group. Membership is free for those who are BOTH from AND residing in lower and middle-income countries.

Watch our latest webinar

Feb 21: Granaz Baloch on the impacts of climate change on gender-based violence in Pakistan. Watch on Youtube.

Global South Mentoring programme

DSA is rolling out a South-to-South mentoring scheme running over 10 months starting June 2023. We are now calling for expression of interest from global South members to participate in the scheme as Mentors and Mentees, deadline 30 May 2023. More information.

Forthcoming events

Monthly webinar series: February to April 2023

DSA Global South Study Group invites you to its monthly webinar series, commencing February 2023. The webinars will be on Zoom and the recording shared on social media platforms for a wide reach. The presentations will also be recorded and made available on the DSA website.

Webinar Series Theme: Development perspectives from the Global South – Continuities and Change.

  • March 21, 2023 – Effectiveness of Social Protection strategies on reduction of inequalities in the Global South, Austin Muswere. Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. Takes places 1pm UK / 3pm Harare / 7pm Dhaka. Register here.

Call for webinar presentations: Development perspectives from the Global South – Continuities and Change.

The gS Study Group has a monthly online webinar series to provide a platform for members of the global South Study Group to showcase their research, identify shared research interests and develop collaborations. The webinar series is titled “Development perspectives from the Global South: Continuities and Change” and runs on every 3rd Tuesday of the month, commencing February 2023. We already have presenters for February to May 2023.

We now seeking volunteers who are interested in addressing issues on development based on their research for June to September 2023. As you will appreciate, the theme is broad as we want to invite a variety of perspectives. Each webinar is expected to last about 1 hour: 30 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes for Q&A.

If you would like to present your research, please email Tuesday Gichuki – abdulmalikg(at)yahoo.co.uk and M. Jahangir Alam Chowdhury – mjac(at)du.ac.bd – with:

  • a draft title
  • the month(s) in which you would like to present; and
  • the geographic region of your research.

Please send your responses by March 31, 2023.