DSAI Annual Conference

Held in October or November each year, the DSAI Annual Conference is a key event in the calendar for researchers, policy makers and practitioners across the sector. Each year, our Steering Committee picks a Conference Theme of current relevance to the international development community in Ireland and secures high calibre keynote speakers and panel discussions to explore the theme.

Territories of Technology, Innovation and Development 

Interrogating the promises and premises of technology and innovation in contexts of development

The 2023 Conference will run on 25-26 October hosted by Dublin City University.

Through an open call for papers, our study groups host parallel sessions during the conference, providing a key moment for our members to connect with us and each other. Each year at our conference we also hold our members AGM. The 2023 Call for Abstracts will open in June 2023.

Previous Conferences:

The 2022 Conference Theme was 'Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development' and was held on 16-17 November hosted by University of Limerick. In the context of unfolding climate breakdown, with the socio-political implications becoming more apparent, it seems appropriate to re-examine once again the concept of ‘sustainable development’ - >>Read more here.

The 2021 Conference Theme was 'Climates of/for Development'.  Held on November 11th-12th during the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) it aimed to provoke a debate amongst scholars, development practitioners, activists, and others, to facilitate further thinking and study about what type of climate we need for development and how we place our climate concerns front and centre in our post-pandemic world.

Here's a look back at our Annual Conference 2019: