2018 HDCA Conference – Buenos Aires, Argentina

HDCA 2018 Conference

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“Human Development and Social Inclusion
in an Urbanizing World” 

August 30-September 1, 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina

in collaboration with FLACSO Argentina

The 2018 HDCA Program Committee cordially invites scholars, government policy makers, practitioners and other interested parties from all over the world to participate in the 2018 HDCA conference.  Original empirical research, theoretical issues, case-studies or reports of experiences, or findings from major research projects, and book panels relevant to conference theme or more broadly related to human development/capabilities approach will be presented.

Please use the conference menu on the right to find more information. The conference organizers can be contacted at hdca2018@uca.edu.ar.

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Conference registration and payment will open up to 5 months in advance of the conference and registration will not be complete until payment has been received. Once payment has been processed, you will receive an email with confirmation.  Registration will close once all available spots have been filled. All registrations are final. No refunds will be issued,  unless there are extenuating circumstances (e.g. serious illness or death of close relative). Requests for refunds must be received prior to the start of the conference. There are no refunds for payments of membership dues.


Conference Theme

“Human Development and Social Inclusion in an Urbanizing World”

Today more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and the share is expected to reach 66 per cent by 2050. While the intense social, cultural and economic interaction implied by the agglomeration of people in cities offers diverse benefits for human and economic development it also poses numerous challenges. Social fragmentation, spatial segregation and the widespread growth of informal settlements, or slums, reflect the persistence of social and economic inequality in the context of the expansion of cities. The rapid demographic shifts and resulting urban sprawl, coupled with the environmental stresses caused by cities, hinder the adequate provision of public services and effective urban governance. The recent flow of immigrants from poor and unstable countries to the cities of developed nations present new obstacles to economic, social and cultural participation in the Global North. All of these trends challenge governments and society as a whole to find new ways to foster human development and social inclusion for all.

Latin America, as the most unequal and urbanized region of the world, with the largest concentration of megacities, is a particularly relevant place to host the conference. Issues such as residential segregation, urban inequality, social marginalization and exclusion, violence, addictions, environmental degradation, among others, have acquired particular relevance in the region and their origins are rooted not only in the urbanization process but also complex historical, political and cultural factors. The continent also has produced relevant innovations in the design of social safety nets (for example, conditional cash transfers) and policies to foster urban integration.

The 2018 Conference theme proposes to analyse these urban issues through the lens of the capability approach and human development framework and in light of global experiences. It will examine how the approach can provide innovative tools and criteria to assess quality of life and how its conditions are distributed in the context of cities. The conference will also examine how the capability approach can contribute to critically thinking on how to design adequate policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. It can also frame the discussion on how to address the Urban Agenda set out by UN-Habitat III: 1) ending poverty in all its forms and dimensions by ensuring equal rights and opportunities, socio-economic and cultural diversity, integration in the urban space; 2) achieving sustainable and inclusive urban economies by promoting full and productive employment and decent work for all and 3) promoting environmental sustainability, by promoting clean energy, sustainable use of land and resources in urban development.

Call for Papers & Deadlines

Download the Call for Papers here

Please submit your proposed poster, paper, or panel, via the submission site after 7 February 2018 (http://www.conftool.pro/hdca2018/ using the appropriate form.

If you encounter problems with the online submissions system, please email the conference organizers at:  hdca2018@uca.edu.ar.

In order to ensure academic quality, all submissions will be reviewed by two reviewers, at least one of whom is an HDCA Fellow or a senior researcher in the field.

Important Deadlines

February 15, 2018 – Submission of proposals

April 15, 2018 – Announcement of acceptance/rejection

June 15, 2018 – Deadline for conference registration at early-bird rates

July 15, 2018 – Submission of full papers/posters

August 15, 2018 – Final deadline for conference registration at standard rates


Keynote Speakers

  • Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University)
  • Santiago Levy (vice-president of the Interamerican Development Bank)
  • Avner De-Shalit (Hebrew University)
  • Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University)
  • Amartya Sen (Harvard University, tbc)
  • Plenary panel on Power, Inequality and Justice: A Latin American perspective
  • Plenary panel on Urbanization/slum upgrading experiences

Information on additional keynote speakers will be provided on the conference website as it becomes available.

Conference Progam

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Pre-conference Events

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Registration, fees & scholarships, visa information

Online conference registration will open around April 2018. Students and scholars from low- and mid-income countries will pay a significantly reduced registration fee, as the following schedule indicates:

  • Professional, high-income country, early ($380)
  • Professional, high-income country, standard ($430)
  • Professional, low- or mid-income country, early ($190)
  • Professional, low- or mid-income country, standard ($240)
  • Student, high-income country, early ($190)
  • Student, high-income country, standard ($240)
  • Student, low- or mid-income country, early ($90)
  • Student, low- or mid-income country, standard ($130)

Please note that the registration fee provides a year’s membership in the HDCA, which includes a year’s subscription to the Journal of Human Development & Capabilities.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to young scholars (35 or younger). The demand for scholarships usually far exceeds the available funds and therefore we encourage only those who really need financial support to apply. DETAILS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE IN DUE COURSE on the conference website: https://hd-ca.org/conferences/2018-hdca-conference-buenos-aires-argentina#anchor1


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HDCA Summer School

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