Our Aims and Objectives
We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issuesFind Out More
Students and early career researchers are an important part of our community. To support this new generation of development scholars, we:
We have two student representatives on Council, and our student members are very welcome to contact them with any suggestions or concerns. There is also a popular DSA student group on Facebook with over 1,500 members.
This year at our virtual conference we held two sessions on getting published, one focused on journals and one on books, aimed primarily at PhD students and Early Career Researchers. You can view the recordings of these sessions here.
The DSA offers funding each year to support early career researchers (including PhD students) in collective research and engagement.
We aim to fund at least three events per year. An annual budget of £7000 is available and there is no limit on the amount per application.
The current call is open until 15th September 2021.
To be eligible, you must be a postgraduate researcher (including PhD students) or early career researcher (PhD and Masters) up to five years post degree. We prioritise applicants who have been DSA members (individual, student or global South) for at least one year prior to application.
The application consists of two parts:
Note that you must complete the form in one session – you cannot save your answers and return to it. You can view the questions on a PDF if you’d like to think about your answers before completing the form.
Once you submit the form, you will see an on-screen notification that your responses have been recorded. Please do not complete this form twice: if you have already completed this form and wish to amend your data or are unsure if your application was recorded/received then email the DSA administrators – [email protected]
Since 2015 the DSA has awarded an annual dissertation prize to Masters’ students working in the field of international development, development studies and development economics. This annual prize is awarded to the best masters’ level dissertation in these fields of study.
For the 2021 prize, all Development Studies and Economics departments in the UK were invited to submit one MA or MSc dissertation each for consideration. This year nominations were accepted between 30 October and 18 December. We asked all the Heads of Centres of DSA affiliated institutions in the UK to nominate the highest scoring masters’ dissertation (MA or MSc) awarded on their “international development” or related subject programmes in 2020. We were happy to accept nominations of extended essays but these needed to be of exceptional quality to win when compared to longer dissertations. The nominations were evaluated by an academic panel from the DSA. Decisions were made in mid-February 2021 and the winners and their departments notified. We look forward to the winners presenting their research at the DSA2021 conference in June.
Suzanne Loader of the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh – “Conflict or coexistence? A comparative analysis of depictions of human-wildlife interactions in the Kenyan media landscape” and
Adela Syslova of the Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London – “Whose Sustainability? Political Economy of renewable energy transitions in Morocco and Algeria”
Euan Crispin of the SIID, University of Sheffield – “The Dubai of Africa? Exploring the role of aesthetic representation in the construction of Eko Atlantic City, Lagos”
Hamid Khalafallah of the Division of Peace Studies & International Development, University of Bradford – “The Role of Development NGOs In the Context of Authoritarian Regimes: A Case Study of Sudan”
Bushra Rehman of IDD, University of Birmingham – “The intersection of gender and disability in exacerbating poverty in displacement settings: Jordan as a case study” and
Henrique Lopes Valenca of GDI, University of Manchester – “Industrial policy and structural change in Brazil after the Washington Consensus (2003 – 2014)”
Paul Fenton Villar, UEA – “Evaluating the impact of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) on corruption in Zambia”
Robert Mwanamanga, University of Bradford – “Does foreign aid promote growth? Evidence from Malawi”