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, why it matters, how you can study and career prospects

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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 and how we are run

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Meet our Council members and other stuff 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 "New leadership for global challenges"

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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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Women and development

We offer an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss their ongoing research, and professional and political work, relating to women and development.

Our annual meeting is usually themed round a particular topic and is open to all.  The presentations are deliberately kept short to facilitate wide participation and discussion. Presenters typically come from NGOs, national and international women’s organisations as well as universities (both graduate students and academic staff). It is a good networking occasion and in previous years the interest and quality of the presentations have been reflected in a series of edited books published based on initial presentations at the DSA Women and Development meetings.

Recent meetings have included a seminar exploring the challenges of researching ‘sensitive topics’ relating to gender and development  such as sexual violence, trafficking, FGM, and HIV, and most recently a session on measurement, evidence and impact in gender and development research and practice.



Katy Jenkins (University of Northumbria)

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Lata Narayanaswamy (University of Leeds)

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The special issue that the WAD DSA Study group has been working on with the Gender and Development Journal has now been published.  This special issue emerged out of a workshop, that was jointly held between DSA WAD Study Group and GAD Journal, to celebrate the Journal’s 25th anniversary. We invited scholars and activists, trying to create space for early-career researchers in particular, to share their insights on the opportunities and challenges of doing feminist research.


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Previous meetings

May 2018
, Northumbria University London

Bringing our feminist values to development research, policy and practice: Celebrating 25 years of Gender and Development

Sponsors: Gender & Development Journal, DSA Women and Development Study Group, Oxfam Hosted by Northumbria University’s Centre for International Development

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March 2017, University of Leeds

Interrogating the Nexus of Alternative Knowledges, Evidence and Impact in GAD Research and Practice

DSA Women and Development Study Group and Centre for Global Development (CGD)

Jasmine Gideon, Katy Jenkins and Lata Narayanaswamy