The Development Studies Association of Australia (DSAA) represents the community of scholars and practitioners engaged in research, teaching, and training in, and in relation to, Development Studies.

The purpose of Development Studies Association of Australia is to promote critical inquiry, reflection, research, teaching and the value of Development Studies in Australia. The DSAA seeks to facilitate collaborations and engagement within and beyond the academy.

Development Studies Association of Australia (DSAA) is committed to engaging the breadth of the dynamic field of development from the global through to regional, national, and local levels.

DSAA is committed to engaging the historical roots and legacies of development for contemporary everyday lived experiences of inequality and poverty, and practices of discrimination based on intersectionalities, such as race, class, gender, sexuality and so on. In this sense, we are also keen to explore how connected histories of affluence and deprivation can serve to challenge the dominant narratives of development.

DSAA supports the work of researchers seeking solutions to ongoing problems of development including poverty, inequality, injustice and marginalisation. We encourage collaboration between academia, the development sector, activist organisations, community groups, among others, and provides a platform for mutual learning and debate. DSAA recognises that Development Studies is a field with dynamic boundaries, and welcomes engagement with all stakeholders interested in processes of development.


The DSAA is registered as an Association under Consumer Affairs Victoria under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012. A link to the rules of the Association can be found here.

The Committee acknowledges the financial support critical to establishing the DSAA from: Australian National University, Deakin University, Institute of Global Development UNSW Sydney, University of Melbourne, and Western Sydney University.

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