This week the DSAA launched an exciting new blog on learning and teaching in development studies. This blog is a small effort to contribute to the many other recent and ongoing activities being undertaken to promote development studies learning and teaching collaborations within and beyond the academy. Hopefully, it will provide insights and facilitate partnerships that will improve our teaching practices, and allow us to better adapt/respond to an increasingly neoliberal higher-education environment.


I will be editing the blog as part of my role on the DSAA executive committee.


If you are interested in contributing to the blog, please contact me with a pitch, questions, or a completed piece at my JCU email.


There is no deadline for submissions, and publication of accepted pieces will be staggered in an effort to keep the webpage dynamic. DSAA does not seek ownership of any published material, so you are also welcome to re-publish your submissions elsewhere.


For further details on the blog, including suggestions on potential topics, you can view my opening call for submissions post here: “DSAA Blog Launch: Learning and teaching in development studies”


As I note in this post, Australia’s development studies community is thriving in many ways. We have seen a notable increase in dialogue and partnerships across academia, policy and practice, contributing to what Pablo Yanguas has described as an ‘epistemic development community’ that is united around shared normative goals, shared causal or explanatory beliefs, shared notions of what is a valid proof, and a common set of policy practices (2018: 155).


One space where our Austral(as)ian epistemic development studies community can build further collaboration is in learning and teaching.


I look forward to reading your contributions!