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Human Development &
Capability Association

Agency, Well-Being and Justice

Amartya Sen Lectures

Amartya Sen Lecture Series

amartyaThis lecture series celebrates Amartya Sen’s important contributions to the fields of human development and capability. It focuses on themes from Sen’s wide ranging contributions to these areas, ranging from his work on capability and freedom to his related works in areas such as democracy, development, gender, liberty, welfare, poverty, famine and social choice. Since 2011, the lecture takes place annually at the HDCA conference, and is supported by Taylor & Francis, the publisher of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. Below is a list of lectures to date:

  • 2022: Marc Fleurbaey, Paris School of Economics
    "Health, Lifestyle and Preferences"
  • 2020: José Gabriel Palma, Emeritus Senior Lecturer & Professor of Economics, Cambridge University & University of Santiago
    "What Went Wrong with European Social Democracy: On Building a Debilitating Capitalism, Where Even the Welfare State Subsidises Greater Market Inequality”
  • 2019: Vandana Shiva, Scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate and author "Oneness vs the 1%: Creating equality in times of inequality; creating solidarity in times of polarization"
  • 2018: Alejandro Portés, Princeton University & University of Miami, “Latin American Cities: their Evolution under Neoliberalism and Beyond”
  • 2017: Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University. "The Uses (and abuses) of Social Inequality"
  • 2016: Michael Marmot, University College London, "The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World"
  • 2015: James Heckman, The University of Chicago. “Creating Flourishing Lives: The Dynamics of Capability Formation"
  • 2014: Daron Acemoglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Why Nations Fail"
  • 2013: Joshua Cohen, Stanford University "m4d meets hcd" (Mobile for Development Meets Human Centered Design)
  • 2012: Eric Maskin, Princeton University. “Why Have Global Markets Failed to Reduce Inequality in Poor Countries?
  • 2011: Tony Atkinson, University of Oxford. "Public Economics after The Idea of Justice"
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