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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South Asia and development

This study group focuses on South Asia, and is dedicated to exploring themes and issues in development which cut across disciplines.

The study group’s participants are involved with examining how shifts in power emerge alongside development practices, how these shape patterns of contention, and the consequences of these dynamics for themes including religion, environment, inequalities, everyday life, gender, sexualities, and democratic participation and conflict resolution.

The group is a joint venture between the DSA and the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS), and brings together academics and representatives from cultural bodies and civil society organisations. Our aims are to:

  • Develop a network of individuals across DSA and BASAS with mutual interests able to support one another’s research on South Asia and development;
  • Identify specific scholarly themes to shape and co-develop research programmes; and
  • Build new connections to inform future scholarly collaborations.



This study group is convened by academics at the University of Manchester, Birmingham University, National University of Singapore, University of Oxford and the London School of Economics, and involves an interdisciplinary team from religious studies, history, and the politics of development.


Dr Ketan Alder

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Dr Filippo Boni

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Dr Diego Maiorano

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Dr Nandini Gooptu

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Prof Naila Kabeer

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Mailing list

Sign up to the DSA South Asia mailing list to be part of the study group’s discussions. If you’re not already, please do consider becoming a member of DSA before joining a study group.


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