DSA Study groups
DSA is active throughout the year through its 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.
Do you want to link up with members who care about the same development topics as you? You can keep on top of trends in your area by joining one or more of our various study groups.
Study groups organise:
- research seminars
- workshops and one-day conferences
- networking meetings
- panels at DSA annual conferences
- email updates
View the list of Study groups on the right side and click to see their subsites.
How to get involved with a Study group?
How do I join a study group? How many can I join?
Email the convenor of the Study Group you are interested in. You can join as many study groups as you like.
Do I have to be a DSA member to go to a study group event?
Not for your first meeting. But for your second visit, we'll encourage you to join the DSA.
How often do study group meet up?
Groups try to meet once a year if not more, and we encourage all study groups to hold an event at our annual conference.
What if there's no study group for my specialism?
Then why not set up your own? Visit our Study Group Convenor pages to get the basics
Any more questions? Email Dr Ben Jones b.w.jones(at)uea.ac.uk, Professor Giles Mohan giles.mohan(at)open.ac.uk or Professor Helen Yanacopulos h.yanacopulos(at)open.ac.uk.
I'm a research student with limited funds, can I claim travel expenses?
Yes, providing you are a DSA member and you get the go-ahead from your study group convenor. Study groups have a small budget to fund activities and encourage participation. Students and unwaged people can often claim travel expenses up to a limit. But you will need to agree this limit first with your SG Convenor. And we expect you to book your fare early to get the best deal. If your study group convenor agrees to refund your travel, you will need to download and complete a study group expense form (Word doc) and email it to your group's convenor along with a scan of your receipts/tickets, for their authorisation and forwarding to the DSA administration.
Information for Study group convenors
We have posted some guidelines and information for those taking on the task of convening DSA Study Groups. These can be found here.