DSA2020 Conference: New Leadership for Global Challenges
Now to be held as a virtual, online conference!
All attendees of the conference, whatever your role, need to register via the website, don't miss out on the early-bird registration period, as fees will rise when this period ends. You can view the daily timetable and the panel timetable of the conference, and details about the plenary speakers.
DSA Dissertation Prize 2020 Winner
Congratulations to Euan Crispin for winning the DSA dissertation prize award this year for the best MSc thesis. Euan completed his MSc at the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID). Unfortunately, Euan cannot join us at the DSA2020 conference to accept his award due to other engagements abroad. However, you can read what the judges said of his work and read his dissertation via the link on the DSA dissertation prize webpage.
NEW Study Group – DSA Decolonising Development Study group
The Development Studies Association is in the process of setting up a Decolonising Development Study Group. We are currently compiling a document taking stock of the various decolonial initiatives undertaken in UK universities and different tools and methods being used. If you are aware of an interesting initiative in your university, and/or are interested in joining the Decolonising Development Study Group, please send me an email: rdieng(at)ed.ac.uk copying in membershipadmin(at)devstud.org.uk by 31 March 2020.
DSA Fund - PGR & ECR (PhD and Masters) - Change in deadline!
The DSA will be allocating a budget of GBP 7000 per year to support Post Graduate Researchers including PhD Students and Early Career Researcher (PhD and Masters) in collective research and/or networking opportunities.
The next call period is now open for applications.
View our webpage detailing all the criteria/eligibility and how to apply.
Deadline: 15 May 2020
GS Council members election result
We can announce the result of January's election to decide on two gS DSA members to join the DSA Council. Felix Danso won 30.7% of the total vote and Tuesday Gichuki won 20.6% of the total vote. Congratulations to them both! We thank the other candidates for their involvement and hope they continue to engage and work with the DSA via the newly elected Council members.
Cambridge Workshop: Teaching Qualitative Research Methods for Development Studies
In December last year, Dr Georgia Coles organised a workshop to explore the problems, pedagogical approaches and best practices for teaching research methods to development studies students. The workshop was co-funded by the DSA and the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies at Newnham College, Cambridge. Inspired by the workshop’s two days of stimulating discussion, Dr Rama Dieng and Dr Ann Wagner have put together a blog post which they hope will be a starting point for a discussion with fellow lecturers and teachers of Development Studies, as well as a prompt for more experienced colleagues to share their insights. You can read their blog at the futureproof collective.
Development Studies Research Recognition in Australia and New Zealand
The Development Studies Association Australia (DSAA) has been working to gain recognition of Development Studies in official research classifications. The Australian Research Council opened a review of Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) codes in 2019, a set of three related classifications developed for use in the measurement and analysis of research and experimental development (R&D) undertaken in the region. Based on arguments put forward by DSAA, a set of Development Studies ‘Field of Research’ (FOR) codes have now been included in the final consultation paper. It is hoped that these will be confirmed in early 2020. This will be a very positive step for the Development Studies community in Australia and New Zealand - congratulations to all those from DSAA and DSA who have been involved.
The Development Studies Association edits a book series on Critical Frontiers of Theory, Research and Practice in International Development Studies, which is published by Oxford University Press. The series profiles research monographs that will shape the theory, practice, and teaching of international development for a new generation of scholars, students, and practitioners. We are seeking exciting proposals for new titles in the series. Recent titles in the series include Playing with Fire: Deepened Financial Integration and Changing Vulnerabilities of the Global South by Yilmaz Akyüz and Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis by Matteo Rizzo. The series editors can be contacted for further information about the series or for discussing prospective book proposals through the email address: dsabookseries(at)devstud.org.uk
You can view two of the four plenaries from DSA2019 - Robtel Neajai Pailey & Sheela Patel - via the Open University website.
Publishing session videos
You can now view the two publishing sessions that took place at DSA2019 on 20th June with Development Studies journal and book editors via the Open University website. Session 1 concerns getting articles published in journals; Session 2 focuses on getting a book published.
An expanded version of Robtel Pailey’s 2019 Development Studies Association conference keynote was recently published in the journal Development and Change. In the spirit of 'opening up development', it is open access for the next six months.