Health and Disability

Watch the recent webinar on "Different Interpretations of the Capability Approach in a Health Care Context: Why have approaches differed and what should be the focus of future research?" Presented by Philip Kinghorn on April 29th, 2015

This thematic group is a network of social scientists, physicians, public health practitioners, and philosophers interested in health and disability issues from a capability perspective. Through the past several conferences on the capability approach and now through our growing network of participants worldwide, group participants have begun to examine a number of issues at the nexus of health, disability and capability including, but not exclusive to, questions of social justice; resource allocation; HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapy; reproductive health; impairment, disability and special needs; health system financing and access; capabilities and functionings; responsibility; disability and poverty; aging; disability and income conversion; genetics; gender disparities and health; social determinants of health; and micro-credit participation and health.


G headshot 2Giulia Greco
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Giulia Greco is Assistant Professor and MRC Fellow in Health Economics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is currently based in Uganda at the School of Economics, Makerere University. Her main interest has been on the measurement and determinants of capabilities and subjective wellbeing, and their use in the evaluation of complex public health interventions in low- and middle-income countries.

Oliver MutangaOliver Mutanga
Independent Research Consultant
I am currently an Independent Researcher based in South Africa. My PhD research focused on the experiences of students with disabilities at South African universities. I use the capabilities approach in understanding disability issues in the Global South.

Trani_6Jean-Francois Trani
Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Photo by Geoff Story
Jean-Francois Trani is an associate professor at the Brown School. He joined in 2012 from the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London. His work lies at the intersection of mental health, disability, vulnerability and poverty with a focus on conducting research that informs policy and service design for individuals living in conflict affected fragile states, and other low-income countries, such as Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Sierra Leone Somalia and Sudan (Darfur) and more recently Morocco and Tunisia.


venk 500kbSridhar Venkatapuram
 King’s College London
Sridhar Venkatapuram is Senior Lecturer in Global Health & Philosophy at King’s College London.