Our Aims and Objectives
We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issuesFind Out More
Connect with others who share your interests
Study groups are an opportunity to connect with others who share your interests. Researchers, teachers, students and people working in development are all welcome to join.
Study groups organise:
Study groups aim to meet up at least once a year. For some this is a panel in our annual conference, for others it is an external event. We provide each group with a small budget to support activities and participation.
The Africa study group was set up in 2018 with the aim of stimulating DSA interest among researchers from Africa and increasing DSA members on the continent.Find Out More
We welcome all those with research, practitioner or policy interests that explore, illustrate or critique the impact of business and corporations on development, and/or the ways that development issues can impact back into corporations.Find Out More
We seek to promote critical discussions on the ways in which history influences contemporary conceptions of power and nation, and to de-centre the gaze from the North (or the West) to the South (or the rest of the world).Find Out More
We aim to promote cross-regional and cross-disciplinary dialogue between PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and academics with expert knowledge working on development issues.Find Out More
The ENRCC group welcomes a broad range of interests related to the environment and development, including renewable natural resources, different analytical perspectives, climate change, and the relationships between poverty and the environment.Find Out More
Exploring the intersection of gender issues and global developmentFind Out More
This group covers all aspects of the relationship between the development process and “informatics” (meaning digital data, information, information systems, knowledge, and ICTs).Find Out More
International migration, urban development, and processes of social change are intimately linked. This study group explores big questions around migration, such as why and how people migrate, and what impact does migration have on countries of origin and destination.Find Out More
Poverty reduction has never been more prominent on international research and global policy agendas. The group looks at the meaning and measurement of poverty, its conceptualisation and social reproduction over time, as well as the policy process and objectives.Find Out More
Providing a forum for academics and researchers working on issues around civil society and development.Find Out More
To develop a space for scholars working on heterodox and classical political economy, as well as broader interdisciplinary perspectives on development politics.Find Out More
Exploring the intersections between world religions and global developmentFind Out More
We seek to provide information and support to scholars and practitioners concerned with the many aspects and issues raised by the rising powers as development actors.Find Out More
This study group focuses on South Asia, and is dedicated to exploring themes and issues in development which cut across disciplines.Find Out More
Over 50% of world’s population lives in urban areas, and here is ongoing rapid urbanisation in certain regions of the global South. This group aims to engage with issues arising from this, with a particular focus on how they affect low-income urban residents, and their gender dimensions, from both scholarly and practitioner perspectives.Find Out More
Check the list of study groups, and email the convenor of those that interest you. You can join as many as you like. You don’t need to be a member of the DSA to join a study group, but it helps support the group’s activities if you do sign up.
Study Group convenors
If you can’t find a study group you like, why not set up your own? Our Council member Naila Kabeer oversees study groups – please contact her for more information