Aims and Objectives


  • Generate and cultivate knowledges in the field of Development Studies through research and research training
  • Achieve recognition of Development Studies as a distinct field of study and research in Australia
  • Facilitate scholarly co-operation and collaboration contributing to the democratisation of knowledge about development through purposeful engagement with marginalised scholars, and perspectives
  • Promote associational life among scholars and researchers in Australia across all disciplines conducting research for or about development


  • Promote and support the academic study and teaching of Development Studies in Australia
  • Build cross-institutional collaboration in Development Studies teaching and learning


  • Promote dialogue and create space for debate around research and thinking for and about development, as well as provide avenues for the wide dissemination of research findings through the organisation of, for example, conferences, workshops, journals, working papers and other initiatives
  • Be a hub for expertise to governments, development agencies, the private sector, media and civil society organisations regarding issues in development around the world
  • Promote a voice and enhance the presence of Australian Development Studies in relevant national and international forums
  • Facilitate dialogue between academia, policy and practice

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