Welcome to Development Studies Association
The Development Studies Association is the UK's learned society and professional body for academic teaching and research, policy and practice in the field of international development.
While the annual conference is a principle focus for the association, the DSA is active throughout the year through it's many Study Groups. All those involved in development either as teachers, researchers, consultants or practitioners, are welcome to join both the Study Groups and the DSA itself.
Development and Change (IISS) Annual Lecture and Interview
The inaugural Development and Change annual lecture took place at DSA2016. Entitled After development: surplus population and the politics of entitlement it was given by Professor Tania Li, University of Toronto.
- Watch the lecture here
- You can also watch Professor Tania Li in conversation with Murat Arsel, co-chair, Development and Change
- Tania Li profile URL: munkschool.utoronto.ca/profile/li-tania/
Nominations for the 2017 DSA/ICEA Prize remain open
All Development Studies and Economics departments in the UK are invited to submit one dissertation each for consideration. Nominations will be accepted until 28 February, with the award to be made during the Opening Plenary of the DSA 2017 conference at the University of Bradford.
For more information about criteria and who to send nominations to, click here.
The 2016 DSA/ICEA Dissertation Prize
The 2016 DSA/ICEA dissertation prize has been awarded to Robert Mwanamanga from Bradford University, for his work “Does foreign aid promote growth? Evidence from Malawi”. The prize includes £1000 and an invitation to present the findings of the dissertation at the DSA’s annual conference. Robert’s dissertation reviews the extensive literature on the relation between aid and economic growth and tests different statistical models against data from Malawi.
The prize is offered each year by the DSA and the International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA). Read more.
DSA-OUP book series first title now available
The Aid Lab: Understanding Bangladesh's Unexpected Success by Naomi Hossain ISBN 9780198785507 2017
IN: Critical Frontiers Of Theory, Research, And Policy In International Development Studies
DSA2017 in Bradford
Next year's conference will take place in the north of England from 6-8 September 2017.
DSA2017: call for panels will open this month
Following on from the enthusiasm with which last year’s event was met, there will be a call for panels, followed by an open call for papers (to those panels). The theme is being finalised and dates of the calls will be set next week, but we aim to open the call for panels before the end of January.
European Association of Development Research & Training Institutes (EADI) news
21-23 August 2017, Bergen, Norway
Researchers on development issues are invited to present papers for the EADI NORDIC 2017 Conference under the Working Group sessions or the Panels. Papers should be related to the topics of the working group sessions / Panels of the conference. Please consult the session descriptions on the website and use the online submission tool to submit your abstract by 31 January 2017. We welcome submissions in English and French.
Study group news
Links to future SG events can be seen in the side bar on the right (or beneath on narrower screens). Other news follows.
DSA Wellbeing, Psychology and Therapeutic Culture in International Development Study group refocussed
Following an engaging panel at the recent annual conference this study group has broadened and re-structured. Read more.
DSA Religion and Development Study group
Methodological challenges of researching religion in marginalized development contexts
Friday 24 February 2017,
University of Bath, 11am-6pm
Further information on website
DSA Women & Development Study group
'Interrogating the Nexus of Alternative Knowledges, Evidence and Impact in GAD Research and Practice'
Upcoming workshop in Leeds
3 March 2017
Further details and a call for papers will be available in January but please contact study group & event organisers for preliminary enquiries: Katy Jenkins (Uni of Northumberland), Jasmine Gideon (Birkbeck) or Lata Narayanaswamy (Leeds) email: L.Narayanaswamy(at)leeds.ac.uk
DSA Media and Development Study group
New convenor(s) required for the DSA Media and Development Study group
After 3 years as the co-chairs of the DSA Media and Development Study group, Dr Martin Scott (University of East Anglia) and Prof. Helen Yanacopulos (Open University) have decided to step down. Since 2013 they have organised six different book launches and ensured that media was well represented at the DSA annual conference each year with 2-3 dedicated panels. Anyone interested in taking over the role can find out more information here and is welcome to contact either Martin or Helen to discuss the role.
New book from the NGOs in Development SG
Negotiating Knowledge: evidence and experience in development NGOs, edited by Study Group members Rachel Hayman, Sophie King, Tiina Kontinen and Lata Narayanaswamy will shortly be published by Practical Action Publishing. The book has contributions from Kate Gooding, Kai Matturi, Erla Thrandardottir and Swetha Rao Dhananka. Read more.
DSA Urbanisation and Development SG briefing paper regarding the new Urban Agenda
Following on from a one-day workshop the Study group has produced a briefing paper on the draft of the new Urban Agenda. Read more.
GDI academics have been awarded over £350,000 to lead three strategic networks, bringing together various partners to carry out innovative research:
- Professor Richard Heeks and the 'Development Implications of Digital Economies (DIODE)' network will receive £129,000 as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to look at the growth of digital technologies in the developing world and their impact upon work and businesses.
- Dr Admos Chimhowu will lead the Strategic Network on 'New National Planning for Sustainable Development in the Global South' which has been awarded £130,000, also by the GCRF, to address 'new national planning' and its role in helping governments achieve the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals agreed in September 2015.
- Professor Diana Mitlin was awarded an International Network Grant by the Leverhulme to lead on a network looking at 'Achieving Inclusive Cities through Scaling up Participatory Planning in Africa'. The network was awarded £120,000 to bring together civil society action-research agencies and academic departments in three sub-Saharan African countries and at Manchester, including the Global Urban Research Centre.
The Politics of Inclusive Development edited by Sam Hickey, Kunal Sen and Badru Bukenya is now available as Open Access.
GDI academics looked at trends in development to look out for in 2017:
Joanne Jordan asked will the gendered impacts of climate change be taken seriously in 2017?
Pablo Yanguas questioned whether adaptive management can save DFID
Rory Horner considered domestic versus international inequalities
Call for papers has been issued for a Workshop on Rising Powers and Labour Standards in Global Production Networks. Abstracts are due 24 February for the workshop held in Manchester 19-20 June 2017.
100 Leading Global Thinkers 2016 Award
Professor Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) at ODID, and Professor Sir Paul Collier of the Blavatnik School of Government were named among 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2016 by Foreign Policy. The award was in recognition of their proposal – now being realised – for the establishment of special economic zones (SEZs) in countries such as Jordan where displaced Syrians would be able to work. Find out more about the award and the proposal.
MNEmerge Project results presented
The Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) at ODID and partner institutions presented the results of their three-year European Union-funded MNEmerge project at a high-level meeting as part of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) 50th Anniversary events in Vienna last month. The MNEmerge project explored the role of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in addressing global development challenges by mirroring the impacts of the operations of MNEs against the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Find out more about the project.
Young Lives reports
Young Lives has recently published a series of reports on Education Trajectories and Inequalities in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam and a policy brief that draws out key messages from all four country reports.
Young Lives are currently entering a new round of school surveys in three of their study countries and have published technical notes on these:
The Design of the 2016-17 Young Lives School Survey in Ethiopia
The Design of the 2016-17 Young Lives School Survey in India
The Design of the 2016-17 Young Lives School Survey in Vietnam
The DPU are delighted to announce the publication of a new book by Camillo Boano (Director of MSc Building and Urban Design in Development and Co-Director of UCL Urban Laboratory)titled “The Ethics of Potential Urbanism. Critical encounters between Giorgio Agamben and Architecture”.
The DPU’s Dr. Zeremariam Fre has stepped down from his role as Director of the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA), of which he was also a founding member.
Robert Biel has published a new book available for free download from UCL Press.
Faced with a global threat to food security, it is perfectly possible that society will respond, not by a dystopian disintegration, but rather by reasserting co-operative traditions. This book, by a leading expert in urban agriculture, offers a genuine solution to today’s global food crisis. By contributing more to feeding themselves, cities can allow breathing space for the rural sector to convert to more organic sustainable approaches.
In order to promote risk reduction and inclusive and accountable planning, local institutions need to have a better understanding of risks and vulnerabilities to which the population in their jurisdiction are exposed to
Read more and stay up to date on the dedicated microsite that presents details and outputs from the research.
Andy Sumner, a Reader in the Department of International Development at King’s College London, was awarded an ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund Strategic Network Grant focusing on ‘Global Poverty and Inequality Dynamics’ in emerging economies. The network will draw together an international team of academics, civil society organisations and policymakers to study economic development and inequality dynamics in rapidly growing developing countries such as Indonesia. This initial stage will draw these key stakeholders together, from both emerging economic and OECD countries, in order to establish a new research agenda in order to generate a project for future enquiry.
With the support of the Department of International Development (DID) at King’s College London, Dima Alazzi and Hannah Bailey, both DID alumni, are organising the Development Tuesdays speaker series. Giles Bolton led a discussion on the private sector contribution in job creation at the Development Tuesday event, held 10th January at King’s College London. Giles is the "Responsible Sourcing director" at Tesco and the Board Chair of 'Publish What You Fund', an NGO looking at transparency and accountability in the use of aid funds.
Securing access to decent jobs for women and the poorest is one of the biggest challenges faced by developing countries. Governments need to design broad-based strategies that support industrialisation and industrial upgrading to open up avenues for wages, and skills development. At the Linking in: jobs, wages & skills for inclusive industrial growth workshop on 18 January, hosted by ActionAid and Department of International Development, King's College London, discussion centred on what approaches have been taken so far, what has worked, what has not (and why) and how to paint a brighter future.
Online course in Results-Based Management (RBM) Thinking Tools and the Logical Framework Approach
This online course has been created by the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) to provide basic training on a range of ‘thinking tools’ that facilitate RBM. The course offers simple practical approaches and advice for designing, managing and assessing results-oriented projects, programmes and organizational performance.
The ten interactive modules cover the seven steps of designing and planning for new projects or programmes, covering key tools such as Stakeholder Analysis, Problem and Objectives Trees, Risk Analysis, LogFrames, Workplans and Budgets.
Cost: Individual access to the course costs £290 with discounts offered for groups.
Full details on our website.
PhD studentships in Development Policy and Practice
PhD studentships are available from October 2017 in the doctoral training pathway in Development Policy and Practice at The Open University.
To find out about further details and how to apply, visit the website.
The Development Policy and Practice doctoral training pathway is part of the ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership between Oxford, Open and Brunel Universities.
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bradford
Postgraduate Research Conference - Call for Papers
Theme: “Navigating Crisis in our Contemporary World: Towards a Fairer Future?”
7 April 2017. Keynote speaker: Radha D’Souza, Reader in Law, University of Westminster, and social justice activist.
Visit the website for more detail and how to submit your abstract – Deadline: 10 January 2017.
IDS, Sussex University
Sixth Annual Summer School, 15-26 May 2017
ESRC STEPS Centre at IDS, Sussex University, near Brighton, UK
Application deadline: 29 January 2017 at 1700 GMT
To apply visit the website
Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy
University of Sussex, 27 to 29 June 2017
The third International Conference of the Global Research Forum (GRF) on Sustainable Production and Consumption, hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Visit website for details.
Courses & Seminars
University of East London
Global development practice and discourses have changed dramatically in the past two decades. The media, in the multiple and diverse forms they have assumed in the 21st century, are seeking to communicate and interpret this multi-dimensional development in new and innovative ways. This programme will equip you intellectually to make critical contributions to contemporary media and global development debates. You will also acquire advanced media production skills that would enable you to produce and distribute global development news and information in a variety of formats.
Core modules are:
- Critical Approaches to Media, Communication and Development (core)
- Development Management in the International Context (core)
- Research Methods in the Social Sciences (core)
- Dissertation (core)
International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA)
‘ Competition in Healthcare’
Speaker: Prof. Carol Propper
Wednesday 11 January 2017, 18h00 for 18h30
The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT
DPP, Open University Seminar Series
The annual International Development Seminar Series at The Open University is hosted by Development Policy and Practice and supported by the IKD research centre. The seminars are free and open to all and a buffet lunch is available from 12.00, followed by the presentation and discussion 12.30 - 14.00. (Although some timings may differ).
You can find out more and view the abstracts for upcoming talks on the IKD website.
INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre)
This course builds on participants’ understanding and skills of how to develop sustainable and cost effective monitoring and evaluation processes and practices within their own projects, programmes and organisations.
Do you need to build effective monitoring and evaluation into project and programme work for both accountability and learning? This course will strengthen your skills in supporting the monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes from programme design through to evaluation.
This course gives participants a thorough understanding of how to influence the policy making process in their own context to achieve policy change. You will learn skills to help you plan and deliver effective advocacy strategies; enhance your ability to influence decision makers; and gain confidence in the ways in which you relate to different audiences.
Development planners and NGOs are increasingly committed to incorporating a gender perspective into their programmes. However, many face challenges in its practical and systematic application to their work. This course will enable you to effectively and systematically analyse contexts and plan development and humanitarian programmes from a gender equality perspective.
Birkbeck, University of London
6 fully-funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships for October 2017 entry to The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck in the following thematic and disciplinary areas: History; Philosophy; Politics; Sociology; 'Communicating Cultures'; Gender Studies; 'Super Diversity'; 'Zones of Conflict and Contestation'.
The School also participates in the ESRC UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership and fully-funded studentships are available through the DTP.
We have a number of other fully-funded research scholarships. Further details of all our current funding opportunities can be found on the School’s website here.
University of New South Wales, Australia
Applications are invited for the inaugural Visiting Scholar from the Global South Fellowship to be hosted by the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Applications close: 31 January 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype interview with the successful candidate notified February 28.
Visit the website for applications details and more information
For detailed information about the School of Social Sciences go here
Enquiries about the fellowship can be directed to Dr Tanya Jakimow, Senior Lecturer Development Studies, SOSS, Email: t.jakimow(at)unsw.edu.au.
INTRAC are currently recruiting for a Principal Consultant - Thematic Lead Monitoring and Evaluation.
To apply for this post, applicants should are requested to provide a completed INTRAC job application form, equal opportunities monitoring form, cover letter and an up to date CV (optional), and send to info(at)intrac.org
Information relating to the post, including links to download the application documents, can be found on our website
The closing date for applications is Midnight UK time on Sunday 8 January 2017.
Global Development Institute (GDI)
Research Associate: Transformation Urban Development Research Network
Research Associate: Responsible Business and Global Production Research Network
Research Associate: New National planning for Sustainable Development in the Global South
Research Associate: Development Informatics
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Build Africa will see that for every story submitted, a Ugandan child receives a textbook.
Share your story here or via #iwasinspired
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, DPU, UCL London
Grounded Planning: People-centred urban development practices in the Philippines
Urban Water Trajectories
co-edited by Adriana Allen and Pascale Hofmann in collaboration with Sarah Bell and T. H Teh.
Collective practices vs. the Neoliberal City? By Harshavardhan R Jatkar
Playing with goldfish: Engaging people through games in the age of the falling attention span
By Nausica Castanas
In the Media
Habitat III: leaving no one behind by Alexander Macfarlane published by openDemocracy
Oxford Department of International Development
Emancipation as social equality: Subaltern politics in contemporary India, Indrajit Roy, Focaal, 76: 15-30
Getting digital diplomacy right: what quantum theory can teach us about measuring impact, Corneliu Bjola, Global Affairs, published online 29 October
Here Be Dragons: Mapping an Ethnography of Global Danger, Ruben Andersson, Current Anthropology, published online 14 November
Inequality, preschool education and cognitive development in Ethiopia: Implication for public investment in pre-primary education, Tassew Woldehanna , International Journal of Behavioral Development, published online 17 June
The nutrition transition and adolescents’ diets in low- and middle-income countries: a cross-cohort comparison, Elisabetta Aurino, Mary Penny, and Meena Fernandes, Public Health Nutrition published online 29 July
Do boys eat better than girls in India? Longitudinal evidence on dietary diversity and food consumption disparities among children and adolescents, Elisabetta Aurino, Economics & Human Biology, published online 27 October
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
News from Routledge: The state of development studies – read the new Virtual Special Issue from the Canadian Journal of Development Studies
That there is a pressing need for development studies remains self-evident. Officially, there are 795 million people in developing countries classified as food insecure, and with 896 million people in developing countries living below the poverty line, it is clear that the “development project” still has some way to go before the twin blights of hunger and poverty are eradicated from the world.
With this in mind, the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies have put together a new Virtual Special Issue surrounding this topic.
Enjoy free access to the Virtual Special Issue for a limited time.
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Routledge and DSA affiliate program
Routledge Publishers offers DSA members a discount on featured Development Studies books here. Obtain your member discount by entering code AF039 at checkout!
INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre)
What can international NGOs do to increase the sustainability of interventions?
By Sarah Lewis and Rowan Popplewell.
Development actors love words such as ‘legacy’, ‘impact’ or ‘change’. We like to think (and say) our work prevails long after we are gone. But how many organisations go back after an exit is complete to check? Our explorations of post-closure evaluation tells us not so many.
Recognising the demand in the sector for guidance on exit processes and support for sustainability after withdrawal, our first Special Series compiles blog posts on exit strategies and sustainability of civil society organisations and their work, published by INTRAC from 2014-16.
To help in selecting relevant and context-specific indicators for an index of local governance performance, this paper sets out the context of good governance, local governance, accountability and local service delivery in Tanzania.
The EADI Global Development Series welcomes submissions of manuscripts. The series is published by Palgrave and seeks to broaden our understanding of the processes that advance or impede human development, whether from a political, economic, sociological or anthropological perspective. The series seeks to improve and broaden the knowledge on international relations, area studies and global/ regional/ local development issues. Moreover, the series addresses emerging and topical issues and current policy debates around global development.
Series editors are Maja Bucar, Vice-Dean and Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana and Andy Mold, Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Authors can complete a Proposal Form, found online here. Authors can then email this form, together with any supporting material such as their CV and/or a sample chapter, to the appropriate editorial contact. Christina Brian, Editorial Director Politics & International Studies, Publisher IPE and Development Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK will contact author and series editors to discuss next steps. If the project is of interest for the EADI series, this includes both a series editor as well as external review of the materials.
Please send the form to c.brian(at)palgrave.com
University of Bonn
Making Development Political | NGOs as Agents for Alternatives to Development
Dr. Julia Schöneberg
ISBN 978-3-8487-2889-3 | eISBN 978-3-8452-7288-7 | € 44.00
(Entwicklungstheorie und Entwicklungspolitik, vol. 17)
“Development has failed”. Departing from this Post-Development claim, the book reveals how existent and perceived rules and restrictions of the global development system work in maintaining inequalities between international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and Haitian organisations. To counter these structures, the author proposes a form of developmentas-politics”, in which local and international actors engage in selective, political interaction. Findings provide the starting point for practical alternatives that account for the voices of the subaltern and enable international NGOs to assume a role that supports rather than weakens local capacities. Julia Schöneberg’s analysis is based on her field research in Haiti between 2012 and 2014. Her research interests include alternative approaches to development and Post-Development, social movements, racism and post-colonialism.
18 November marked 25 years since INTRAC was founded, and that is a milestone worth celebrating! Since 1991 we have been building the skills and knowledge of civil society all around the world to tackle poverty and inequality and to bring about real change in their societies.
If you have a memory of INTRAC that you would like to share to help us celebrate our 25thanniversary, please get in touch (info(at)intrac.org). We’d love to hear from you.
NGOs and student internships: who benefits?
Discussions between academics and practitioners have highlighted that there are many opportunities for collaboration between NGOs and students, either directly or through the student’s institution, and a variety of outcomes for both parties from these collaborations.
As part of DSA's commitment to supporting and facilitating collaborations between under and postgraduate students and the development community in the form of short projects or longer internships in the UK and internationally, we would like to hear NGO experiences of hosting students, the forms this has taken, and what makes internships successful. Enter this conversation here.