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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Past winners of the DSA Master’s dissertation and PhD thesis awards

The DSA has two prizes for new researchers: a thesis prize for PhD students working in the field of international development, development studies and development economics, awarded annually to the best PhD thesis in these fields of studies from across current DSA Institutional Members; and an annual dissertation prize to Master’s students working in the field of international development, development studies and development economics.

PhD thesis prize winners:

  • 2023: Owen Frazer, International Development Department, University of Birmingham – “The Theory and Practice of Mediation as Framing: Breaking Impasses in the El Salvador Peace Negotiations”
  • 2022: Ikuno Naka, ODID, University of Oxford – “The ‘Realty’ of Cochin: from the material to the spectacular, a story of India’s emerging city”

PhD thesis prize – highly commended:

  • 2023: Kaveri Medappa, Department of International Development, University of Sussex – “Chasing Targets, Making Life : An ethnographic study of platform-based cab drivers and food delivery workers in Bengaluru, India”
  • 2022: Arie Ruhyanto, IDD, University of Birmingham – “Building State Legitimacy Through Territorial Reform: Pemekeran in Papua, Indonesia” and
  • 2022: Elizabeth Storer, Department of International Development, LSE – “Lugbara religion revisited: a study of social repair in West Nile, North-West Uganda

Master’s dissertation prize winners:

Master’s dissertation prize – highly commended: