DSA2020: New Leadership for Global Challenges
University of Birmingham, 16-19 June 2020
The DSA's annual conference in 2020 will take place from 16-19 June. The conference will focus centrally on "New Leadership for Global Challenges", while also encompassing the broad range of development studies interests. Our aim is to investigate where and how leadership is emerging at global, regional and local levels to address critical issues such as climate emergency, identity-based inequalities, poverty, violence, ill-health, resource plunder, and digital surveillance.
DSA2020 conference is taking place ONLINE!
The NEW conference registration fees are ONLINE! See all the details on our registration page and register now.
Please visit and read over the registration page and then register via the link on that page. The early-bird registration period is over. Those from and living in the global south can still register for just £20.
All presenters need to have their presentations ready and sent to us by June 2nd. We will be sending you all a link to upload your files to so that we can pre-load your files to the various panel sessions. Do not email us your presentations.
Shindig online resources & conference policies
We have created resources for all conference delegates about the Shindig online platform and the DSA2020 conference policies. Please take the time to read and look through these ahead of the conference.
There are videos (1 for delegates and 1 for administrators); screen grabs for delegates and for admins and more information about panel formats. For those of you pre-recording your presentation, we have a how to guide for you online as well, this also includes information about file format requirements.
The conference recording, accessibility and the anti-harrassment policies must be read by all ahead of the conference.
The Coronavirus pandemic is showing as never before the extent and depth of interconnections between us and the vital importance of solidarity and mutual support. While we will not be able to meet in person as a DSA community this year, we do not want to lose the opportunity to gather and learn from each other. Rather, we want to explore new ways to share experience and work more effectively together. Council has therefore decided that DSA2020 will be held as a virtual, online conference, taking place over 4 days now: 16-19 June. With the virtual platform chosen - Shindig, we aim to blend as far as possible the best of our in-person conferences, while also taking advantage of the particular opportunities that online interaction provides.
While we will miss the direct contact of meeting in person, going virtual will have positive outcomes, with regards both to the environmental impact and equalising the potential for participation between global North and South. We hope that you will join and support us in this new initiative for the DSA.
The new daily and panel timetables for the virtual conference are now online - see the links in the top right hand menu of all conference pages.
The call for funding is CLOSED. We have notified all applicants with the decisions. Funding is provided by the Journal of International Development and the DSA.
Fiona Nunan (University of Birmingham) & David Hudson (University of Birmingham)
The Development Studies Association (DSA) is the largest and most coherent national platform for people studying, teaching and researching development issues. We encourage all with interest in development studies or wishing to attend future conferences to join the association via our website.
Any queries, please email conference(at)devstud.org.uk.