To celebrate the contribution of Professor Robert Chambers to innovation and research for empowerment and sustainable development in the field of development studies, DSA Ireland established the Robert Chambers Award. The award with a value of €300 is given annually to the most innovative paper demonstrating potential to make a significant contribution to strengthening just and sustainable development for the world’s poor.

The DSA Ireland are also committed to recognising the work of outstanding student researchers. Each year the association makes a best Student Paper Award of the same value as the Robert Chambers Award.