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Human Development &
Capability Association

Agency, Well-Being and Justice

2016 HDCA Summer School

HDCA Summer School 29-30 August 2016, Tokyo

***Registration is closed***

Summer School Programme

This year’s HDCA Summer School will take place on Monday 29 August and Tuesday 30 August 2016 ahead of the annual conference in Tokyo, Japan. The summer school aims to develop participants' knowledge and understanding of key concepts in human development with a particular focus on the capability approach. The summer school will be led by HDCA members including, Sridhar Venkatapuram, Caroline Sarojini Hart and Graciela Tonon and all sessions will be in English. The two-day programme will include sessions on the nature of human development; foundational concepts in human development and the capability approach; inequalities and capabilities; education; health and communities. There will also be workshop-style sessions on developing research methods with opportunities for participants to present and discuss their own research projects and ideas. The programme is aimed at doctoral and post-doctoral students who already have some understanding of development issues and the capability approach. Accepted participants will be given pre-course preparation to do ahead of the summer school.


The summer school will take place at Hitotsubashi University which is located in a western suburb of Tokyo, in a city called Kunitachi.  Hitotsubashi University is also the venue for the 2016 HDCA conference. The city has a history of hosting the university for nearly 90 years, with an estimated population of around 75,000, surrounded by rich nature. The venue within the campus will be Sano Shoin Hall (no.26 on the campus map).


For information about how to reach the Hitotsubashi University campus and for transport from the airports please see the following link:
or, download transportation information here


Information on hotel accommodation can be found at


Registration is now closed.

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