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 principal focus for the association, the DSA is active throughout the year through its many Study Groups. All those involved in development whether as teachers, researchers, consultants or practitioners, are welcome to join both the Study Groups and the DSA itself.
DSA2018: Global inequalities
University of Manchester
27-29 June 2018
Thank you to all delegates who provided feedback on the 2018 conference, your responses will help us improve on future conferences. If you require a certificate of attendance or a receipt of your payment, these can be downloaded from the conference website by using the login link at the top of the page. Proceed past your personal details and look for the ‘C’ icon beside your registration to download a PDF certificate.
Publishing session podcast
This year we held a session on how to get published and advice around publishing. You can hear some of the 2017 session here. The 2018 session will be posted online soon.
DSA Council Elections
The following colleagues were elected to serve their first term on Council: Uma Kambhampati (University of Reading), Naila Kabeer (London School of Economics) & Rachel Slater (University of Wolverhampton). Laura Hammond (SOAS) and Nandini Gooptu (ODID) were re-elected to serve for another term. The position of student representative was hotly contested, and voting resulted in Amal Chammas (York St John University) & Bookie Ezeomah (University of Manchester) being asked to work together as student representatives on Council.
DSA 2018 AGM Minutes now online
The minutes from the DSA's 2018 AGM which was held on the final day of the DSA2018 conference at the University of Manchester are now online. You can view them and other documents from previous years via this webpage. The presidential report for 2018 will be online within the next month.
REF2021 panel membership appointments announced
Sub-panel 22: Anthropology & Development Studies
Professor Deborah James - London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Jo Beall - British Council
Professor Barry Bogin - Loughborough University
Dr Peter Evans - Department for International Development
Professor Ravi Kanbur - Cornell Dyson School
Professor Uma Kothari - University of Manchester
Professor Tobias Kelly* - University of Edinburgh
Professor Susanne Kuechler - University College London
Professor David Wield - The Open University
Dr Andrew Taylor - University of Hull
See the full announcement at the REF website
Joe Devine has been invited on to the assessment panel for the REF subpanel Social Work and Social Policy
DSA Dissertation prize winners 2018
Congratulations to Bushra Rehman and Henrique Lopes Valenca for jointly winning the DSA dissertation prize award this year. You can read what the judges said of their work and find links to read their dissertations on the DSA dissertation prize webpage.
NEW & Upcoming DSA Workshops with Institutional Members 2018/19
The first workshop of the series was held on 10 April 2018 at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich.
The focus was Meeting the challenges of interdisciplinary research for global development: strengthening sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Look out for further notices about the forthcoming Workshops later in the year.
DSA-OUP book series second & third titles are now available
Playing with Fire: Deepened Financial Integration and Changing Vulnerabilities of the Global South by Yilmaz Akyüz ISBN 9780198797173 2017
Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis by Matteo Rizzo ISBN 9780198794240 2017
IN: Critical Frontiers Of Theory, Research, And Policy In International Development Studies
Links to future SG events can be seen in the side bar on the right (or beneath on narrower screens). Other news follows.
DSA Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Study Group
The Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Study Group Meeting
Friday 14th September
University of Birmingham
The meeting will have an open call for papers, please get in touch with the convenor, Fiona Nunan (f.s.nunan(at)bham.ac.uk) if you’d like to present or just come along and network. Further information will be available nearer the time.
DSA Multidimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics Study Group
International Workshop on Poverty, Inequality Dynamics, and Economic Development: Tensions and Trade-offs in Mixed Methods Research
Kings College London, 6 September (from 12 noon) and 7 September 2018
For all the details see the SG webpage.
DSA Scotland Study Group
The DSA Scotland had a successful SG mini-conference on 1st June 2018. You can read a brief report of the event via the SG webpage.
NGOs in Development Study Group welcomes new convenors
Thanks to everyone who joined the meeting of the NGOs in Development Study Group at the recent Manchester conference. It was great to see old and new members of the group come together. We were delighted to vote in two new co-convenors for the group to replace Susannah Pickering-Saqqa and Rachel Hayman, who have convened the group for seven years. The new convenors are Dr Ibrahim Natil from Dublin City University and Dr Emanuela Girei from Sheffield University Management School. Sign up to the Group to find out about forthcoming activities.
DSA Urbanisation and Development Study Group
Workshop: Translocal Pedagogies in Planning Education for Urban Equality
1 October 2018
Sponsor: DSA Urbanisation and Development Study Group
Organised by the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) project at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London.
For further information and to register your interest in participating, please visit the website or contact Julia Wesely (julia.wesely.13(at)ucl.ac.uk).
DSA Women and Development Study Group
'Bringing our feminist values to development research, policy and practice': Celebrating 25 years of Gender and Development
11 May 2018
Sponsors: Gender & Development Journal, DSA Women and Development Study Group, Oxfam
Hosted by Northumbria University's Centre for International Development
Read the full report here.
DSA Gender, Policy & Practice Study Group
The SG are planning a workshop around the critical issues of racism and gender inequality that characterise many aid relationships, and the current aid crisis, you can read more on the SG webpage.
Professor Xiaolan Fu spoke at the inauguration of the UN’s new Technology Bank, which was set up to help strengthen capacities in science, technology and innovation in low-income countries. Find out more.
Professor Alexander Betts and Sir Paul Collier wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about research comparing outcomes for refugees in Kenya who have experienced two different models of settlement: a 'self-reliance model' in Kalobeyei camp and a more traditional aid model in Kakuma camp.
BBC Radio 3 ran a 30-minute programme about Associate Professor Laura Rival and her experience of living with the Huaorani in the Amazon rainforest. The programme interspersed an interview with Dr Rival with her own taped recordings from the time, against a soundscape recorded in the forest by sound designer Gareth Fry.
The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) celebrated their 10th anniversary with a special issue of Dimensions magazine. The issue explores OPHI’s history and includes opinions from Amartya Sen, Michael Spence and Anthony Shorrocks about OPHI’s impact.
The GDI blog hosts some round up of activity from the recent DSA conference
In the media, Prof Bina Agarwal argues there doesn't need to be a trade off between jobs and maternity benefits in India - but it requires a comprehensive approach, not a one sided Act. Watch a video panel on this topic. She also writes: could there be less sexual harassment if women controlled the media, reclaimed the streets & set the social norms? And says the #MeToo movement must link with efforts towards equality for women across all spheres.
It's the practical experience of academics working with informal settlement communities that really makes a difference says researcher Sophie King, talking about the process of co-producing research on urban poverty in Uganda.
Tanja Müller analyses the Ethiopia - Eritrea peace deal and finds cause for hope - as well as areas for concern.
Gindo Tampubolon looks at corruption and innovation in Europe.
Richard Duncombe examines the role of the mobile phone in African agriculture.
In this presentation, Prof. Armando Barrientos emphasizes the importance of information systems, comprehensive and up-to-date, for the monitoring and evaluation of public policies. (Spanish only)
Where does the research agenda on New National Planning in the Global South go next? Admos Chimhowu talks through the most promising options.
Jordan should consider policies that empower women and truly transform lives. To do so, solutions need to go beyond practical needs and look at what is strategic, argues PhD researcher Lina Khraise
In order to halt the spread of right-wing populism in the medium term, social welfare programs must be strengthened in localised labour markets that have experienced significant declines in manufacturing employment says Seth Schindler.
If social justice is to avoid the habitual fate of once-critical ideas co-opted into warm and fuzzy development ‘buzzwords’, it needs to be theorised and approached in particular ways argues Chris Lyon.
Article in Nature citing Kunal Sen’s meta-analysis of research for development suggests that it is possible — and essential — to change how we assess applied and translational research.
Gindo Tampubolon is part of a new policy research unit for older people and frailty, a £5M five year programme on the health and wellbeing of older people. His contribution builds on his works on dementia across England and on cognitive function of older Americans. Read more about The University of Manchester’s new policy research units.
Alessandra Mezzadri was an invited speaker at the international conference 'Karl Marx – Life, Ideas, Influence: A Critical Examination on the Bicentenary', which was held in June 16-20, 2018, Patna (Bihar), India. Alessandra presented a paper titled 'Marx in the Sweatshop: Exploitation and Social Reproduction in a Global Garment Factory Called India'.
Mark Mcquinn gave one of the Keynote speeches at a conference arranged to highlight research on new directions for Sino-African collaboration in Abuja titled 'The Abuja Forum, A New Era for Sino-African Collaboration: Partnership for Development'. The research is led by Dr Michael Ehizuelen, Head of the Institute of African Studies and is also in collaboration with the Gusau Institute in Nigeria. Mark is a member of the research team based at the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU), China.
Humanitarianism, a dictionary of concepts
Allen, Time; Macdonald, Anna; Radice, Henry
Tim Allen, Anna Macdonald and Henry Radice have recently published Humanitarianism: A Dictionary of Concepts (London: Routledge, 2018) a collection of 24 pithy and provocative essays engaging with a selection of established and emerging topics crucial to the understanding of contemporary humanitarianism. Most of the contributions are by current and former LSE staff within and beyond ID, including Mary Kaldor (‘War’), Lilie Chouliaraki (Post-humanitarianism’), Christine Chinkin (‘Violence against women and girls’), Alex de Waal (‘Famine’), Duncan Green (Advocacy’), Stuart Gordon (‘Terrorism’) and Dorothea Hilhorst (‘Arenas’).
Financializing Poverty: Labor and Risk in Indian Microfinance reveals
Stanford University Press (2018)
Assistant Professor of International Development, Dr Sohini Kar's, new book Financializing Poverty: Labor and Risk in Indian Microfinance reveals how microfinance institutions (MFIs) have restructured debt relationships in new ways: on the one hand, they have opened access to new streams of credit. On the other, as the network of finance increasingly incorporates the poor, the "inclusive" dimensions of microfinance are continuously met with rigid forms of credit risk management that reproduce the very inequality the loans are meant to alleviate.
Joe Hanlon on Mozambique's heroin trade
Joseph Hanlon's recent working paper entitled The Uberization of Mozambique’s heroin trade has been attracting attention from international media, including Bloomberg, The Daily Mail, Quartz Africa and the BBC. The paper explains how heroin enters Mozambique from Afghanistan and is then distribution by the informal sector using mobile phone applications. You can read the BBC's summary of the paper here.
Dr Swenson elected term membership with CFR
LSE Fellow, Dr Geoffrey Swenson, has been elected term membership with The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). CFR is an independent, nonpartisan membership organisation, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. Click here to find out more about CFR.
Professor Wade to attend FLACSO-ISA Joint International Conference in Quito
Professor Robert Wade will be attending the FLACSO-International Studies Association (ISA) conference on the 26th and 27th of July, where there will be a panel entitled: A tribute to the work of Robert H. Wade. Panellists will include: Ralf Leiteritz (Rosario University); Diana Tussie (FLACSO-CONICET); Alicia Puyana (Latin America Faculty of Social Sciences); Oscar Ugarteche (UNAM), and Professor Wade. The panel will aim to assess how the ideas of Governing the Market have travelled up to 2018. Click here to find out about the conference.
Comparative Peacebuilding in Asia
The Department of International Development at the London School of Economics hosted the final conference in the Peacebuilding Asia series. Previous locations include Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The London conference, held on the 25th of June 2018, sought to use the address the larger debates and frameworks on peacebuilding, to interact with the policy community, and to engage with comparative experiences from other regions, particularly Africa. Find out more about the conference series here.
HPG/LSE Senior Level Humanitarian Emergencies Workshop 2018
The annual HPG/LSE Senior Level Humanitarian Emergencies Workshop took place between the 18th and 22nd of June and welcomed seventeen delegates from around the world. The week-long intensive course provided an opportunity for mid-career and senior professionals to learn and reflect on critical issues in preparing for, responding to and transitioning out of humanitarian crises. Speakers this year included: Professor Mary Kaldor (LSE), Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou (Graduate Institute), Tom Keatinge (RUSI) and Dr Sara Pantuliano (ODI). Find out more about the course here.
Professor Naila Kabeer becomes new President for IAFFE
In June, Professor Naila Kabeer took over as President of the International Association of Feminist Economists (IAFFE) at the 27th conference of IAFFE which was held at the State University of New York, New Paltz.
Update from HOD Professor Kenneth Shadlen...
Along with two colleagues at Canadian universities, and Stephanie Rickard from LSE’s Department of Government, Professor Shadlen won a 'knowledge synthesis grant' to examine UK-Canada trade relations in the context of Brexit and other changes to the international trading system. You can find out more about the research proposal here. Further to this, Professor Shadlen chaired a session on the Latin American Pharmaceutical Industry at Canning House and attended The Political Economy of Generic Drug Promotion and Regulation in Latin America at the annual meeting of the Latin American Political Economy Network (REPAL), in Bogota, Colombia. He also presented Patents, Trade, and Medicines: Past, Present, and Future at the Development Studies Association conference meeting in June.
DPU's Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) research project website launched
Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) are delighted to announce the launch of its new web platform ‘urban-know.com’. A place to share, collaborate, and shape pathways to urban equality online.
DPU's Dr Andrea Rigon awarded a UCL Education Award
Congratulations to Dr Andrea Rigon who has been awarded a UCL Education Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education at UCL.
DPU staff launch ReMapRisk - a community-led mapping platform
DPU staff launch ReMapRisk - a community-led mapping platform applied in Freetown and Karonga developed to document risk accumulation cycles and to support grounded and informed action planning.
DPU staff begin GCRF-funded collaborative research project on sustainable and inclusive transport
Starting in September, The DPU's Prof. Caren Levy and Dr. Daniel Oviedo Hernandez (Dr Clemence Cavoli from CEGE) will be co-Is in a new 30-month GCRF-funded research project led by Prof. Peter Jones (CEGE).
Video outputs from MSc Environment & Sustainable Development student fieldwork published
Between September 2017 and May 2018, students of the practice module of the Master’s Degree Programme in Environment and Sustainable Development (ESD), led by Adriana Allen and Rita Lambert in collaboration with Julia Wesely, conducted action-research in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Refugees and the politics of urban space
Key themes: mapping the city of refuge, narratives of refugeness, the representation of the migration crisis, politics of counting, refugee housing policy and practice, homemaking in a limbo, urbanisation of refuge, paradigms of humanitarian discourse, ethics of hospitality, governmentality of migration.
The RELIEF Centre aims to speed up transitions to sustainable, prosperous societies in the context of mass displacement, to improve the quality of people's lives.
Spatial Inequality in Times of Urban Transition: Complex Land Markets
The main aim of this research is to understand how complex land markets influence spatial justice within the current urban transition in East Africa.
CASA - Ciudades Auto-Sostenibles Amazónicas
The research project develops a participatory process to co-produce sustainable spatialities and promote alternative livelihoods systems in the Amazonas.
NHS at 70: advancing health systems for all?
Will fresh voices lead to better choices to help end AIDS?
Learning the lessons of austerity
Richard Jolly, Stephany Griffith-Jones
Africa’s youth employment challenge: what’s youth got to do with it?
Stephen Hunt, Stacie Irwin, Philip Mader
Rethinking One Health
Syed Shahid Abbas
Participatory impact investing: concepts and definitions
Peter O'Flynn, Grace Lyn Higdon
Congratulations to four NRI PhD students who have completed their research on development studies topics this year and
will be graduating this month:
Lora Forsythe (NRI staff member) - The impact of staple crop value chain participation on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Nigeria and Malawi: changes in poverty, gender relations and food security
Jane Robb - Understanding drivers of deforestation using socio-psychological behavioural theory and the capability approach (a case study of Guatemala)
Bertha Darteh - The scope of Learning Alliances as a mechanism for more innovative urban water management (a case study of Accra, Ghana)
Peter Beine Ahimbisibwe - Impact of cassava innovations on household productivity and welfare in Uganda.
Congratulations also to several of their NRI colleagues who are graduating following research on topics in agricultural and food science.
Forty participants from 10 countries attended a Project and Programme Design course that aimed to assist the development of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) across the Arab Region. The course was taught and facilitated by Philip Dearden of CIDT and was sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
Find out more about Philip Dearden’s visit to this launch hosted by Gillian Keegan MP on 3rd July 2018. ‘Measuring up: How the UK is performing on the Sustainable Development Goals was officially launched on behalf of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD). Philip reports “While there’s a lot to celebrate in the Measuring up report it’s very clear that the most vulnerable people and places in our society are increasingly being left behind. If the government is now serious about the SDGs and ‘leaving no-one behind’ then we all have some huge challenges ahead.”
How can social protection be utilised to support disaster risk management in Nepal? On 25th June 2018, Rachel Slater presented CIDT’s answer to that question to officials of the Government of Nepal, development agencies, and the NGO and INGO communities working on disaster risk management and social protection in Nepal.
Philip Dearden presented a session entitled ‘How critical is leadership around the project cycle in delivering results in the Caribbean Region?’ at this symposium in Jamaica from 28-29 June 2018. Philip also presented a session that focused on how to overcome the key institutional challenges in relation to policy making and delivery that are emerging from CIDT’s ongoing training work with the Caribbean Development Bank.
CIDT to bring Forest Governance Forum (FGF) to Brazzaville in October 2018
The FGF is modelled along the well-known Chatham House bi-annual Illegal Logging Update meetings. It promotes experience sharing, networking and raising awareness among a variety of forest stakeholders over 2 days. This will be the 11th FGF and will bring together participants from across the Congo Basin, from Europe and even further afield. Get full details and register your interest here.
Innogen Institute looks to the future of innovation in life sciences and international development
Theo Papaioannou, Professor of Politics, Innovation and Development, shares insights from this year's Innogen Institute annual meeting, which focused on learning from successful bidding practices of the past, reviewing current projects, and identifying future research areas. Read more...
Using research to inform and shape financial inclusion
Insights and discussion from a recent masterclass organised by The Open University, which saw Early Careers Researchers (ECRs) and PhD students in economics and geography come together with key experts in finance, to discuss the reality, challenges and changes needed to enable financial inclusion worldwide. Read more...
Memories of Migration: A look at last week’s Who Are We? event at Tate Exchange
Last week saw a fascinating series of events and installations curated by The Open University, Counterpoint Arts and partners at the Tate Exchange. Who Are We? focused on sparking conversations and thoughts on the realities of migration. Two Open University PhD students have written about their experiences of the event. Dimos Sarantidis, an Open University PhD student and former human rights lawyer working with asylum seekers, writes a powerful blog highlighting the memories the artwork stirred. Evgenia Iliadou provides a striking visual and written account of her visit, and explains how one exhibit in particular helped her re-examine the idea of 'home'.
An opinion piece by Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at The Open University.
London International Development Centre (LIDC)
London International Development Centre unveils new brand
London International Development Centre (LIDC), a consortium of seven University of London institutions shaping the future of international development, unveiled a new logo, website and visual identity on Wednesday 30th May 2018. The new brand identity better reflects LIDC’s commitment to foster collaboration and innovation among its membership. As well as a bold new logo, a new website – www.lidc.ac.uk – launches today. The website offers a range of tools and resources for its growing network of members. This includes a calendar of topical events and networking opportunities and the latest global development news and opinions. To learn more about the rebrand, here is a blog from LIDC Centre Director, Professor Claire Heffernan.
Effective States and Inclusive Development
The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre is calling for abstracts for a workshop and special issue journal on Rethinking Social Justice and the Public Realm: What can Relational Approaches Offer?
University of Bradford
Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford is for people who want to change the world. Our students are surprisingly diverse but what unites them is their vision of a fairer, kinder society and a commitment to learning both intellectual and practical skills to take into their future professional lives. The Peace Studies values are simple: intellectual curiosity, dialogue, and a belief that violent conflict, hatred and destructive inequalities are not inevitable. We need the dreamers, the questioners, and the community builders more than ever. Come and join us!
OUR MASTERS DEGREES
MA in Advanced Practice in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
MSc in Economics and Finance for Development
MA in International Development Management
MA in International Relations and Security Studies
MA in Peace, Conflict and Development
MA in Peace, Resilience and Social Justice
MSc Project Planning and Management
MSc Sustainable Development
If you are interesting in pursuing doctoral research in the area of peace studies and international development, please get in contact with us directly.
Research Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
The MSc Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty is a transdisciplinary course addressing current issues related to food systems, management of natural resources, climate change, and building just and resilient societies. It is a unique approach to finding sustainable solutions where conventional approaches are failing, in that it goes beyond the issue of access to natural resources, food and water, and addresses their governance locally, nationally and at a global scale.
This course is designed for students from a wide range of disciplines that include physical and natural sciences, geography, social sciences and humanities, economics, and political sciences. It is designed and delivered at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) which is the largest centre in the world doing transdisciplinary research in these areas.
University of East London (UEL)
The PG Cert in NGO and Development Management via Distance Learning at UEL offers you the opportunity to examine the central issues facing developing countries in today’s globalized world and to learn practical skills to work in development. This course not only addresses the theories of development but also explores how development works at the grassroots. The distance learning delivery enables flexible learning so you can fit your study around work or other commitments.
Details of requirements and application procedures can be found here.
For more information please contact K.E.Wright(at)uel.ac.uk
University of Chester
For more information on our undergraduate programme, please see our website.
7 to 11 January 2019
Gain the skills and knowledge to more effectively design impact evaluations using a contribution analysis framing.
15 to 17 January 2019
Gain the concepts, skills and competencies required to operate effectively at the interface between policy and evidence.
Food is a cross-cutting development issue that concerns hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition, environment sustainability, power politics, social justice and cultural identity. It is about the global and the local and the hard trade-offs that the globalisation era has brought about.
This MA draws on wide-ranging expertise of faculty at both IDS and School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex (where you will be based). You will gain an advanced understanding of the complex relationship between food and development.
Apply to one of IDS’ postgraduate degrees in international development. The University of Sussex is currently ranked first in the world for development studies. The QS World Ranking reflects the strong reputation and quality of research and course offerings across campus, including by IDS. Our courses are:
• International Development PhD by Research
• MA Development Studies
• MA Food and Development
• MA Gender and Development
• MA Globalisation, Business and Development
• MA Governance, Development and Public Policy
• MA Participation, Power and Social Change
• MA Poverty and Development
• MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
More information on the IDS website.
Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Global Health Msc/PGDip/PGCert
Our Global Health will help you understand the complex determinants of health and ill-health in a globalised world and their potential solutions in order to help you contribute to the improvement of health and the achievement of health equity and social justice worldwide. Graduates from this course will have the skills to work as global health practitioners, policy makers, consultants or researchers within NGOs, governments and international health and development agencies.
For more information visit the website.
CABI & Stroma Cole - Book launch
Gender Equality in Tourism: Beyond Empowerment to Best Practise
by CABI & Equality in Tourism
September 13 2018
9 Brighton Terrace, London, SW9 8DJ
Register here to show your interest – attendance costs £12
IDS, University of Sussex
The HSR2018 team are delighted to announce that online registration for the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2018), which will take place in Liverpool, UK from 8 to 12 October 2018, is now open.
Building effective public and civil society partnerships for teaching and research
Monday 10 September 2018 - Friday 14 September 2018
IDD, University of Birmingham
Teaching Fellow, International Development
Applications are invited for the position of Teaching Fellow with the International Development Department to teach within the areas of development theory and approaches, gender and development and/or conflict analysis and humanitarian assistance. The Teaching Fellow will work with staff of IDD in delivering postgraduate modules, on-campus and via distance learning, through a range of teaching methods. The postholder will hold a relevant PhD and preferably have relevant postgraduate teaching experience. The position is full time, for a fixed period of 9 months. Closing date is 12th August 2018. For further details please see here.
Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
UK Aid Policy Specialist
Closing date: 3 September 2018
CDI (Centre for Development Informatics), University of Manchester
Post-Doc Vacancy (Cape Town) for Decent Digital Work Project
Closing date: 31 August 2018
Call for Proposals: Assumptions, new roles of Civil Society Organisations for Inclusive Development
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands is calling for research which focuses exclusively on theme 3 of the Theory of Change: ‘Civic Space under Pressure’. The call is be open for consortia consisting of research organisations located in the LLMIC(s) in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia or Latin America where the project/programme that is subject of the empirical research is implemented and one or more research organisations based in any country. Eligible projects include research in at least two LLMICs across continents, and not focus on Kenya, Ethiopia, India and Ukraine. You may apply until September 4th, 2018. Projects are expected to start before December 1st, 2018. For more information and to apply please visit their website.
Evidence Information Service
Academic survey on engagement with parliament
We are a group of academics from the Cardiff University, University of Exeter, University College London, University of Bath and University of Bristol working with the House of Commons Library and the National Assembly for Wales Research Service to develop a UK Evidence Information Service (EIS).
The EIS will act as a rapid matchmaking and advisory service, working with existing UK parliamentary systems to connect politicians with the wider network of academics and professionals in science, technology, engineering, maths, medicine, humanities and the social sciences. More details about the project can be found in our Guardian article and GW4 webpage.
We are seeking the confidential views of academics on their attitudes to and experiences of evidence-based policy-making, the usefulness of the EIS and their potential contribution.
The survey is part of the UK Evidence Information Service (EIS) project. We are working with the four UK legislative bodies – UK Parliament, National Assembly for Wales, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly – and are interested in gathering information from academics, including their experience of engaging. The results will be published and publicly available.
We therefore invite all UK researchers in academia and industry to complete an 5-10 minute survey.
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.
Global Development Institute (GDI)
New journal articles
Party politics and the political economy of Ghana’s oil: This open access article addresses the rather limited impact of oil exploitation in Ghana, despite the country’s strong democratic record and internationally acclaimed oil governance legislation.
Jaco Renken & Richard Heeks published Social Network Analysis and ICT4D Research: Principles, Relevance, and Practice in The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. The open access paper analyses the use of social network analysis as an approach for ICT4D research, explaining principles underpinning & arguing for conceptual, methodological & instrumental relevance to the future ICT4D research agenda.
Recognising small scale, farmer-led irrigation doubles the amount of irrigation in Sub Saharan Africa. The Studying African Farmer-Led Irrigation Research project outlines the implications.
Tim Jacoby examines political & economic factors underpinning rising levels of internecine violence in Sunni-Shi’a conflict in Iraq & finds it an outcome of decisions & social transformations imposed on the Iraqi state in the aftermath of the invasion.
Open access paper by Admos Chimhowu looks at the characteristics, features and policy implications of ‘new’ African customary land tenure.
Many displaced people find a physical home following displacement, but experience a sense of being trapped in a space where they're emotionally and existentially homeless. Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia tells stories of those displaced by conflict in Colombia.
Rising sea levels and worse cyclones forced Bangladeshis to take the lead in combating climate change, at home and internationally. Their story has become open access and can be downloaded for free.
Evidence indicates that those located closest to a development challenge are best positioned to innovate a solution, finds Kunal Sen.
GDI alumna Mathilde Maitrot argues that some of the problems in Bangladesh's microfinance sector are best understood as 'practice drift' rather than 'mission drift'
Call for papers on the theme of Public Service Ethics, Values and Spirituality: Challenges and Opportunities for Developing and Transitional Countries.
IDS, University of Sussex
Erica Nelson, Alex Shankland and Gerry Bloom
IDS Bulletin 49.2
IDS Working Paper 513
Naomi Hossain, Marjoke Oosterom, Alex Shankland, Mariz Tadros, et al
IDS Health Briefing 2
Erica Nelson, Alex Shankland and Gerry Bloom
Jamie Myers, Sue Cavill, Sammy Musyoki, Kath Pasteur and Lucy Stevens
Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard and Fjeldstad
ICTD Working Paper 82
Giulia Mascagni, Andualem T. Mengistu and Firew B. Woldeyes.
Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
Lessons from Kampala on Reflexivity in Development Practice
By Yasmine Kherfi
DPU Working Paper - No. 196
Public space betterment as empty infrastructure: Political temporality and geographies of privilege in Quito
By María Emilia Jaramillo Rodríguez
CASA [Ciudades Auto-Sostenibles Amazónicas]: desafíos y oportunida des para la sostenibilidad de los proyectos de reasentamiento poblacional preventivo en la Amazonía Peruana
By Camillo Boano, Giovanna Astolfo, Belén Desmaison
Digital Media - Video
London School of Economics (LSE)
Mary Kaldor; Cycles in World Politics, International Studies Review, Volume 20, Issue 2, 1 June 2018, Pages 214–222.
Geoff Goodwin; Rethinking the Double Movement: Expanding the Frontiers of Polanyian Analysis in the Global South, Development and Change, 18 May 2018
Gerard, F., and Naritomi, J. (2018). Value Added Tax in developing countries: Lessons from recent research. IGC Growth Brief Series 015. London: International Growth Centre.
Gallien, M. (2018). Understanding informal economies in North Africa: From law and order to social justice. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Tunisie.
Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment
Edited by Stroma Cole, University of the West of England, UK
July 2018 / Paperback / 112 Pages / 9781786394422
Does tourism empower women working in and producing tourism? The first of its kind, this book is a critical gendered analysis that questions the extent to which tourism brings women empowerment. It is an engaging and thought-provoking read for students, researchers and practitioners in the areas of tourism, gender studies, development and anthropology.
Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Call for papers: Vivir Bien/ Buen Vivir and post-neoliberal development paths in Latin America: Scope, strategies and the realities of implementation
(Issue Editors: Kepa Artaraz; Melania Calestani; Mei L. Trueba). For more information please contact Mei Trueba (m.trueba(at)bsms.ac.uk ) or visit the LAP website.
European Journal of Development Research
European Association of Development and Training Institutes (EADI)
Early Career Researchers initiative
This aims at helping eligible researchers in their first approaches to academic publication
Call, recently renewed, for studies/papers in Impact Evaluation.
Practical Action Publishing
New book from Oxfam’s Working in Gender & Development Series
Gender, Development and Care
Edited By Caroline Sweetman and Deepta Chopra
‘Offering compelling new research evidence and conceptualization, Gender, Development and Care lays out a radical, transformative approach to care that we can all get behind.’
Gina Crivello, PhD, Senior Researcher, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
The Humanitarian Standards Partnership brings together the world’s leading standards initiatives to increase quality and accountability in humanitarian response. New translations and editions now available in paperback and eBook formats…
Minimum Economic Recovery Standards 3rd Edition – French, Spanish and Arabic
The SEEP Network
The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards, developed and revised through the joint efforts of more than 90 agencies and over 175 practitioners, represent an industry consensus on economic recovery for the humanitarian sector. The MERS have become accepted as an industry standard providing key actions, key indicators, and guidance notes for organizations working to support the economic recovery of crisis-affected populations.
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In support of Refugee Week, Wiley curated a research collection from over 70 high quality journals, focused on refugee experiences, their integration, impact, protection and contribution. The collection is freely available to download during the rest of 2018. Download the collection.
Oxford University Press (OUP)
New titles from OUP
Routledge & DSA affiliate program
Meanwhile, several exciting new publications for you to check out this month- click on the links to find out more:
EPISTEMIC FREEDOM IN AFRICA: DEPROVINCIALIZATION AND DECOLONIZATION
BY SABELO J. NDLOVU-GATSHENI
“Ndlovu-Gatsheni has fired an epistemic and political broadside that will soon become a landmark of the work undertaken by decolonial thinkers and practitioners around the world, and, in turn, a platform for epistemic and political reconstitution." – Walter D. Mignolo, Duke University, USA
"a devastating critique of Eurocentrism […] a must read both in the Global South and Global North, a very rare achievement." – Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
"This erudite, well-argued, and elegantly written book confirms Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni’s position as one of the principal figures articulating a vision of decolonization and decoloniality for Africa today." – Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Rutgers University, USA
NEOEXTRACTIVISM AND CAPITALIST DEVELOPMENT
BY DENNIS C. CANTERBURY
“a brilliant synthesis of economic structures, class relations and state power embedded in a historical analysis. Canterbury provides an insightful critique of the regressive role and impact of international extractive capitalist development. His incisive discussion provides a framework for identifying a progressive and dynamic alternative development model which will be of interest
to students, academics and policymakers." – James Petras, Bartle Professor (Emeritus), Binghamton University, USA
CHALLENGING THE PREVAILING PARADIGM OF DISPLACEMENT AND RESETTLEMENT: RISKS, IMPOVERISHMENT, LEGACIES, SOLUTIONS
EDITED BY MICHAEL M. CERNEA, JULIE K. MALDONADO
Development-caused forced displacement and resettlement (DFDR) is a critical problem on the international development agenda. The frequency of forced displacements is rapidly increasing, the sheer numbers of uprooted and impoverished people reveal fast accelerating trends, whilst government reporting remains poor and misleading. Challenging the Prevailing Paradigm of Displacement and Resettlement analyzes widespread impoverishment outcomes, risks to human rights, and other adverse impacts of displacement; it documents under-compensation of expropriated people, critiques cost externalization on resettlers, and points a laser light on the absence of protective, robust, and binding legal frameworks in the overwhelming majority of developing countries.
ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF DEVELOPMENT ETHICS
EDITED BY JAY DRYDYK, LORI KELEHER
"This book is an extraordinary conversation among diverse ethical values that in the process revises each one of them. Like in a symphony, where the color and sound of an instrument is perceived differently when joined by others, the seven values organizing this handbook interact as living creatures. The orchestra is in place; and it is worth listening to it like a unified piece. It is much more than a handbook." — Javier M. Iguiniz-Echeverria, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Executive Secretary of the National Accord of Peru, President of the Institute for Human Development in Latin America
“a go to reference for those working on normative assessment of the development process." — Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University, USA
“an essential resource for any student or teacher of development ethics." — Ingrid Robeyns, Utrecht University, Netherlands
EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES AND CHANGING STATE DYNAMICS IN AFRICA: BEYOND THE RESOURCE CURSE
EDITED BY JON SCHUBERT, ULF ENGEL, ELÍSIO MACAMO
"By focussing on the processual rather than the categorical Extractive Industries and Changing State Dynamics in Africa destabilises the narratives that have dominated thinking in policy and academic circles on the nature of Africa’s extractive industry and its interactions and role with the state. It makes an important and compelling case for looking to the negotiated, contested and contingent nature of the state, and the extractive sector." — Patience Mususa, The Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden.