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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Rising powers

With a number of countries emerging as key players in international development the study group seeks to provide information and support to scholars and practitioners concerned with the many aspects and issues raised by the rising powers as development actors. While much of the debate so far has been the rising powers as state actors we are also interested in the diverse range of non-state actors from these countries that also play increasing roles in international development.


Rory Horner (University of Manchester)

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Lidia Cabral (IDS)

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Forthcoming meetings

To be announced.


A podcast of Lord Jim O’Neill’s talk, “Are rising powers really rising?”, given at the final conference of the ESRC Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures programme in Manchester in June, is now available here .


Previous meetings

April 2019

One day workshop – “Rising powers and the recasting of the South


April 2018

One day workshop – “Rising Powers in 2018