Development Studies Association of Ireland

(PI Professor Honor Fagan, Coordinator Caroline Creamer)
Background:The vision of DSA Ireland is the creation of a vibrant and innovative development studies community, which will focus on cutting edge research, led by Irish research institutions, contributing to the reduction of poverty, inequality and vulnerability in the world.

As of 1st January 2018, the Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI) is newly hosted by MUSSI.  The DSAI is the only platform on the island of Ireland where interaction between students, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in the area of International Development Studies, Critical Development Studies and Global Studies takes place.  Within the Association, a number of Study Groups have been established which are multi-disciplinary in nature and welcoming of new members; the Study Groups are:

  • Education
  • Civil Society
  • Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • ICT4D
  • Gender
  • Adaptive Programming
  • Humanitarian Action

Further information on the work of the DSAI can be found here -
DSAI’s continuing links to Irish Aid, Irish academics and NGOs and their international networks means that knowledge generated through the work of members can directly influence and impact Ireland's policy and practice in the area of International Development.  Irish Aid is the principal funder of DSAI, and has committed to renewing its funding for 2018-2019 to support the networking of academics, educationalists and students with practitioners and policy makers to maximise Ireland’s development impacts in an international context. 


Interested in Becoming a Member?

Members of MUSSI are cordially invited to become a member of DSAI – the membership fee for 2018 is €50.00. 
Membership is open to academics and researchers, students (undergrad and postgrad), and NGOs/development practitioners.  The multi-disciplinary nature of the work of the association makes it relevant to geographers, sociologists, planners, anthropologists, educationalists, economists, nutritionists, biologists, and on the list goes.  Through supporting the network and by becoming a member you join us in promoting a vision for a more equal and just society.  DSAI provides many benefits to its members, namely:

  • Disseminate your calls for papers, your publications, working papers, training courses;
  • Promote your events and news and contribute to our topical blogs and newsletter;
  • Join any of DSAI’s all-Ireland study groups and participate in their meetings, forums, workshops and lectures;
  • Initiate your own supported study group (with a number of 20 or more) on areas of critical interest;
  • Build and coordinate research proposals and network with experts;
  • Stay up to date on critical debates, studies and policy consultations;
  • Present your research or project work to a wide and multi-disciplinary audience; and
  • Receive discounts on conference attendance.

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Contact: Caroline Creamer DSA Ireland Co-ordinator at 

View the DSAI web page here