Robert Chambers Award

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 has established the Robert Chambers Award. This award will
be given to the most innovative paper presented at the annual DSA Ireland Conference that has the potential to make a significant contribution to strengthening just and sustainable development for the world’s poor.

Update: The result of the 2016 Award competition will be announced in early-mid July 2017.

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General Terms and Conditions Eligibility

Authors that wish their papers to be considered for the award must submit their full paper by the date specified by DSA Ireland before the annual conference.

For an overview of the work of Professor Robert Chambers visit:

  • The award is open to all registered participants of the annual DSAI conference;
  • A written paper must be submitted in advance of the oral presentation. Author(s)’ details should be submitted separately;
  • An oral presentation of the paper must be given, except in unforeseen circumstances such as illness;
  • Submitting a paper for the Robert Chambers Award does not preclude its submission for the DSA Ireland Best Student Paper Award.


  • The judges must explicitly state how the winning paper meets the criteria of the Robert Chambers Award in spirit and content;
  • The judges reserve the right not to award the prize, where they unanimously agree that no paper meets the criteria;
  • The judges' decision is final;
  • Authors should not make contact with judges with respect to the paper before the prize is awarded. If influence is exerted, the paper will be deemed ineligible for the award.

Judging Panel 

  • Judges may not submit a paper to be considered for the award;
  • Papers will be subjected to a triple blind review process;
  • The panel shall consist of three senior academics with practitioner input.



Winner of Chambers Award 2015

DSC_0059Dr. Sean Farren, Prof. Robert Chambers, Jacinta Greene, Nadine Ferris-France, Dr. Padraig Carmody

2015 Winner of the DSA Ireland, Robert Chamber's Award
Dr. Padraig Carmody
for his paper “E-colonisation and the politics of land grabbing in Uganda"