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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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We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

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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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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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Migration, development and social change

International migration, urban development, and processes of social change are intimately linked. This study group explores ‘big questions’, such as: Why do people migrate? How do they migrate (internally, regionally, internationally)?  What are the direct and indirect impacts of this on sending and receiving countries? How are identities shaped, reconfigured and transformed through migration processes? What is the impact of transnational migration on countries of origin (for example, in terms of cultural, social and economic remittances)?  How do conditions and policies in countries of destination affect these processes?

The study group seeks to cross-cut the following key areas in migration studies which serve as a theoretical backdrop:

  • Migration and human well-being
  • Transnationalism and transnational practices
  • Citizenship
  • Multiculturalism, race and ethnicity
  • The relationship between migration and development (including political, socioeconomic, and cultural dynamics)
  • Regional and south-south migration


Katie Wright (University of East London)

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Kavita Datta (Queen Mary)

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Tanja Bastia (University of Manchester)

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Richard Black (University of Birmingham)

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Forthcoming meetings

None at present


Previous meetings

February 2018, University of Oxford Centre on Migration, Policy and Society

Migration, Social Inequalities, Inter-Generational Relations and Life Course Transitions

Organisers: Dr Katie Wright, (Global Studies, University of East London) Professor Julia Brannen (Institute of Education, University College London) and Dr Caroline Oliver (Department of Social Sciences, University of Roehampton).

This workshop examined migration and life transitions and how these are linked to broader social inequalities using three key concepts: thinking relationally, moving beyond individual outcomes to consider linked lives, and addressing intersectionality. The focus was on inter-generational relations and life transitions as a broad category of study, particularly in relation to mobility. These may be experienced in families, for example, as children, in adolescence, in adulthood or by older people (e.g. becoming a parent, being widowed or ageing). More broadly, life transitions may be focused on other areas that go beyond the family or inter-generational relations, for example, in the domain of work, including linkages between production and reproduction.

You can view the presentations made by participants during the workshop as PDFs here: Kilkey  Brannen  Wright  Phoenix  Oliver & Hughes  Chase  Morosanu

February 2016, London International Development Centre

Latin American Perspectives on Migration, Social Inequalities and Life Transitions

Organisers: Dr Katie Wright and Professor Cathy McIlwaine

Read a blog post about this event.

June 2011, University of Manchester

Migration and cities of the Global South: implications for the Migration-Development nexus

Find a summary of this workshop, including presentations


November 2010, Queen Mary, University of London

Poverty, Migration and Development: towards a Post-Crisis Research and Policy Agenda