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Human Development &
Capability Association

Multi-Disciplinary and People-Centred

Conference: Meta-capability measurement. Measure of Social and Individual Agency

The Conference aims to review and refine the measurements of agency within the framework of the capability approach. It will especially investigate how the notion of responsibility can help map agency in a country and may improve social policies that address agency. Responsibility has indeed appeared as one of the most interesting proxy for agency as it precisely address the question the valuable transformation of opportunities (Bonvin & Farvaque 2005; Alkire 2005; Comim, Quizilbash, Alkire 2008; Crocker, 2009, Ballet, Bazin, Dubois, Mahieu 2014).
The conference will look at the challenges of responsibility definition and measurement from the perspective of the capability framework. It will also built upon the results of a large field-work of more than 2800 questionnaires applied to the whole Mexican Republic in June 2014. The questions have tried to capture individual and collective responsibility in the context of work. Finally, the conference will investigate how social policies could be aimed at enhancing agency / responsibility.
The Conference will be held on November 6 and 7 2014. Spoken languages : English and Spanish. It will take place at the Institut Catholique de Paris, 21 Rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris. The Conference’s fee is set at 20 Euro for students, 40 Euros for professionals and covers the basic cost of the Conference and Friday’s lunch. Upon demand, accommodation facilities in the centre of Paris are available. Please register at before October 31. Question about the conference can be addressed to Dr. Maria Teresa Herrera R. Nebel

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