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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Study groups

Connect with others who share your interests

Women farming cassava in Sierra Leone, Annie Spratt

What is a study group?

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:

  • research seminars
  • workshops and one-day conferences
  • networking meetings
  • panels at the DSA annual conference
  • email updates

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.


Study Groups

How do I get involved in a study group?

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

More information for convenors