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5 February – Post-graduate & Early Career Researcher Day

6-7 February – Main Conference




Early Bird registration is open until Saturday 14 December

For more information email: conference@developmentstudies.asn.au


The Development Studies Association of Australia (DSAA) was officially registered in March 2019, to represent Development Studies researchers, scholars and practitioners engaged in research, teaching and training across Australia. This inaugural conference seeks to re-examine debates in light of the contested nature of Development Studies, explore trajectories in the field in light of the formation of the association, and consider new research from around Australia and beyond.

Keynote Speakers

Uma Kothari is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies in the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. She is the co-founder of the Manchester Migration Lab and is currently Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her current work includes research on humanitarianism, development and solidarity, mobilities and borders and, cultural geographies of seafarers. She has published numerous articles and her books include Participation: the new tyranny?Development Theory and Practice: critical perspectives, and A Radical History of Development Studies. She is the principal investigator on an ESRC funded project on Environmental Change and Everyday Lives and on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on Everyday Lives in Small Island States. She is the Vice President of the European Association of Development Institutes and is on the advisory board of In Place of War, a support system for community artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict.  She is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and was conferred the Royal Geographical Society’s Busk Medal for her contributions to research on global development.

Yvonne Te Ruki-Rangi-O-Tangaroa Underhill-Sem is an Associate Professor of Gender and Development at The University of Auckland, feminist geographer of Cook Island/New Zealand heritage. She was the Director of Development Studies at The University of Auckland (2008-2014), and Director, New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research (2017-2018). She is currently co-chair of the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Advisory Research Group and a member of the International Geography Union’s Gender and Geography Commission. She is involved in the governance of Oxfam in the Pacific, a former board member of Oxfam NZ, and was co-chair of Oxfam NZ 2015-2018. One of her key current research projects is working towards a feminist post-colonial development of the Pacific.