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.
Membership is open to anybody with an interest in development studies. We currently have over 600 members (including students), made up of individuals and approximately 40 institutions, mainly from the academic and NGO sectors. Most members are UK-based as this is where our Study Group meetings and association conferences take place, but all are welcome.
Joining the DSA plugs you into the latest thinking to further your
research, inform your advocacy work or make a practical difference on
the ground. We're the largest national body for people working in
development studies, and our annual conference is a highlight of the
Whether your institution is a University department, a small think-tank, a section of a large NGO, a medium-sized consultancy or a publishing house, your support would be welcomed.
We offer a range of affordable joining fees.
Why join the DSA?
When your whole institution joins the DSA you receive the following benefits:
- Networking - at our Heads of Centres Meeting, Policy Fora, and other DSA events.
- Get consulted - you can take part in large consultations through us such as REF, HEFCE consultations, Global Challenge Fund, and DFID White Paper processes.
- Discounted registration fees for up to six* of your staff/students - for the annual conference.
- Free publicity - you can share your findings and promote your publications through our monthly Bulletin and via the DSA website.
- Be connected - to a community of like-minded people working in development.
If you join as a Premium Institutional member you will also receive:
- Year round access to publicise jobs, events, training, calls for papers, funding opportunities, publications through the DSA Monthly Bulletin
- Year round access to publicise jobs, events, training, calls for papers, funding opportunities, publications through the DSA Website
- A place at our Annual Heads of Centres meeting
- Up to six staff members/students may register for the Annual Conference at discounted member rates (without needing individual membership)
- Two ‘Spotlights' per year in the Monthly Bulletin
- Logo displayed on DSA Home Page and in the Monthly Bulletin
- A special discounted rate for an Exhibition stand at the DSA Annual Conference and a free advert in the printed programme
- Participate in regular strategic consultation with the DSA Council through annual meetings and others communications
- Priority attendance for students at DSA conferences and careers fairs
But it's not just about what you get; this is also an expression of support:
- for the association, helping it to represent the interests of Development Studies in various national and international fora.
- contributing financial support to the activities of Study Groups and vitality to the largest national body for people working in development studies.
*Conference nominations: small institutions may nominate two staff members/students; large institutions may nominate four staff members/students; and Premium members may may nominate six staff members/students...to register for the Annual Conference at discounted member rates (without needing individual membership).
Annual subscription fees
Membership runs for one year from 1st February. Institutions joining the association up until November will be joining for the current year. Those joining from November onwards can opt to take membership from February of the following year.
The institutional subscription rates are based on size: small institutions are considered to be those with less than £500k annual turnover or 3 FTE academics working on development studies; all others are considered 'large'. Each institution may self-select.The fees are set as follows:
Small Institutional Membership: £350 per year
Large Institutional Membership: £750 per year
Level 1 Premium (turnover < £2.5m GBP): £1,500 per year
Level 2 Premium (turnover £2.5m-£10m GBP): £3,000 per year
Level 3 Premium (turnover > £10m): £4,000 per year
Join as a publisher
The DSA offers Publishers with development studies related publications the opportunity to advertise their publications via the DSA website. Publisher members may avail of discounted exhibition rates at the annual conference. Membership costs £850 per year.
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