We are excited to announce that the University of Reading has been selected to host the Development Studies Association annual conference in 2023 around the theme of ‘Crisis in the Anthropocene: rethinking connection and agency for development’ . This was the result of a competitive application process, the bid being written and submitted by the Division’s leadership team following wider discussion with GDRD members. The conference is a major international meeting which brings together academics from around the world. We are delighted to have been selected and look forward to showcasing research from across the Division.