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.
DSA members could register as GCRF peer reviewers
The ESRC is seeking applicants to join the Global Challenges Research Fund Peer Review Group, formed specifically to assist with the review of applications to ESRC Global Challenge Research Fund calls. This Group will sit alongside the ESRC Peer Review College which has been established for some years and provides an extremely valuable resource for the peer review of grant applications to the ESRC.
Prospective members should complete this form and send it along with their CV to GCRFCollege(at)esrc.ac.uk.
DSA Annual General meeting, 14 September, University of Oxford
The association's AGM took place at DSA2016 and the minutes will be posted soon. View the AGM page for agenda, previous minutes, and related files, etc.
Further to elections at the AGM at the annual conference, the Council has new members. Details will be posted shortly.
DSA2017 in Bradford
Next year's conference will take place in the north of England from 6-8 September 2017. Information will be posted here this autumn.
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 Scotland conference
DSA Scotland's 2016 conference was held in June at the University of Edinburgh. A brief report of the event can be found on the study group webpage.
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 - University of Manchester
Many thanks to all of the DSA conference participants who voted in the poll at our stand, which asked: what matters most for improving the prospects of low-income and disadvantaged people? Find out if politics, institutions, economic growth or something else won!
GDI & Uganda research project
A team of researchers from Makerere University (Kampala), MGSoG/UNU-Merit (Maastricht University), the Global Development Institute (The University of Manchester) and the Expanding Social Protection Programme, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (Kampala) are working on research that looks at the economic case for social protection in Uganda. Click here to read about the project.
Oxford Department of International Development
ODID hosted the 2016 annual DSA conference in Oxford in September. The event was a great success, bringing together over 600 development academics and practitioners from all over the world for three days of scholarly exchange around the theme of Politics in Development. ODID researchers and students presented 16 papers at the conference and convened or co-convened eight panels on themes as diverse as the use of digital tools by diasporas to the role of politics in food governance.
The Director of the Refugee Studies Centre Professor Alexander Betts spoke at a High-Level Side Event on refugee self-reliance at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September in New York. The event was attended by, amongst others, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Filippo Grandi (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), and Ministers from Denmark, Jordan, and Uganda. Watch the video here. Professor Betts wrote opinion pieces about the UN summit in The Observer and The Irish Times.
Professor Betts also attended the Concordia Summit on 20 September, moderating a panel on innovative approaches to refugee skills matching,
The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) helped organise a High-Level Side Event at the UN General Assembly on 22 September to provide updates on how countries are using measures of multidimensional poverty to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Watch the video here.
Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath
CDS's Tri-annual newsletter is out now - see all the content here.
LIDC's Evaluation for Development Programmes, 7-11 November
This short course returns for a third year. Aimed at anyone looking to gain an in-depth knowledge and comprehensive background of evaluation methods for development programmes, this course will cover a range of topics. Read more
Jobs: The Bartlett Development Planning Unit
Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) Conference
Interdisciplinarity and the Social Sciences: Global Challenges and Opportunities
Tuesday 11 October 2016, 10.15 - 4.30. Venue: 33 Finsbury Square, LONDON EC2A 1AG
Tickets: 55-95 GBP - DSA members are eligible for the discounted Academy affiliated rate of 85 GBP for the day Early Career Researchers can access 55 GBP tickets using promotional code ACSSECR2016. Visit website for programme and to book.
University of East London (UEL)
UEL International Development Undergraduate Conference, November 12 2016, See website.
The Sheffield Institute for International Development CfP
Ethical dilemmas and cognitive dissonance in international development - CALL FOR PAPERS - Workshop on 3 February 2017.
Visit the website for further details.
Please submit your abstracts to t.goodfellow(at)sheffield.ac.uk by 14 October 2016.
Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford CfP
Call for papers - Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies- 16 & 17 March 2017, Keble College Oxford
Deadline for submissions: 5pm (GMT), 15 November 2016, details online here.
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.