HDCA 2016 Conference
“Capability and Diversity in a Global Society”
September 1–3, 2016
The 2016 HDCA Program Committee cordially invites scholars, government policy makers, practitioners and other interested parties from all over the world to participate in the 2016 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 HDCA@ier.hit-u.ac.jp.
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Conference registration and payment will open up to 5 months in advance of the conference and all registration must be complete by the start of conference. Registration will close once all available spots have been filled. Once registration is complete, your payment will be processed. You will receive email with confirmation. All registrations are final. No refunds will be issued, unless there are extenuating circumstances (e.g. serious illness or death of close relative). There are no refunds for payments of membership dues.
“Capability and Diversity in a Global Society”
The capability approach is a widely-used framework for evaluating human well-being, freedom, and development. It has been developed partly because traditional approaches focusing on income or utility don’t adequately capture the diverse, plural, or multidimensional nature of human conditions and development experiences.
By selecting ‘diversity’ as an overall theme for the HDCA 2016 Conference, we want to exhibit the power and scope of the capability approach to describe, assess, and promote human development and social justice in an increasingly globalized world where people’s circumstances and values are vastly different and rapidly changing.
As a concept originally developed by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, capability is defined to reflect diversity and freedom of human experiences, and so in the set of valuable functionings that people have reason to choose. We have seen many examples of research, using various methods, to try to capture diverse aspects of human capability and development for specific purposes in different contexts. One of the main goals of the HDCA 2016 Conference will be to assemble and compare a variety of those attempts in different fields, disciplines, and regions, in order to shed light on the benefits of, and challenges for, such attempts.
Human diversity not only highlights the scope and versatility of the capability approach but poses many theoretical, conceptual, philosophical, and methodological challenges. For example, how can diversity meet the demands of impartiality required for our ideas of justice? Can we formulate a broad and inclusive framework to encompass diverse capability indexes? How can different methods better represent diverse characteristics and policy objectives of different societies?
The capability approach itself is still evolving and open to extensions, modifications, criticisms, and revisions. We would like to invite scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, and students who are working on the frontiers of this expanding field of research. Anyone new to HDCA is also more than welcome, as we appreciate diversity of participants in terms of research topics and methods, professions, and regions. It will be an exciting opportunity for all of us.
Call for Papers & Deadlines
April 22, 2016 (changed deadline) – Announcement of acceptance/rejection
June 30, 2016 – Extended deadline for conference registration at early-bird rates
July 31, 2016 (extended deadline) – Submission of full papers/posters
August 15, 2016 – Final deadline for conference registration at standard rates.
Plenary I: Presidential Address
Thursday, September 1st, 10:00am-11:00am (Kanematsu Auditorium)
Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University, President – HDCA)
Title: Citizenship, Migration and Opportunity
Chair: Reiko Gotoh
Welcoming Remarks: Koichi Tadenuma (President, Hitotsubashi University)
Download a pdf of the presentation here
Ravi Kanbur is T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University. He has served on the senior staff of the World Bank, including as Resident Representative in Ghana, Chief Economist of the Africa Region, and Principal Adviser to the Chief Economist of the World Bank. He has also served as Director of the World Bank’s World Development Report. He is Past-President of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, Chair of the Board of UNU-WIDER, Co-Chair of the Scientific Council of the International Panel on Social Progress, a member of the High Level Advisory Council of the Climate Justice Dialogue, a member of the OECD High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance, and a member of the Core Group of the Commission on Global Poverty. The honors he has received include an Honorary Professorship at the University of Warwick
Plenary II: Mahbub Ul Haq Lecture
Thursday, September 1st, 11:00am-12:00pm (Kanematsu Auditorium)
Rima Khalaf (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)
Title: Autocracy, Conflict and De-Development in the Arab World: Changing Mindsets, Altering Paths
Chair: Selim Jahan (Director: UNDP)
Rima Khalaf is Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. During her tenure as Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), from 2000 to 2006, she launched pioneering projects to promote good governance, human rights and human development in Arab States, receiving international honors, including the Prince Claus Award and the King Hussein Leadership Prize. Prior to joining UNDP, she held many senior policymaking positions in Jordan, including Minister for Industry and Trade (1993-1995), Minister for Planning (1995-1998) and Deputy Prime Minister (1999-2000). As head of the ministerial economic team, she led the drive to reform and modernize the economy while simultaneously implementing a social package for building human capabilities, alleviating poverty and strengthening the social safety net.
Thursday, September 1st, 4:30pm-5:40pm (Kanematsu Auditorium)
Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago)
Title: Aging, Stigma, and Discrimination
Chair: Henry Richardson (Georgetown University)
Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. From 1986 to 1993, she was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University. She has chaired the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on International Cooperation, the Committee on the Status of Women, and the Committee for Public Philosophy. She has received honorary degrees from fifty colleges and universities in the world. Her books include WOMEN AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (2000), HIDING FROM HUMANITY (2004), FRONTIERS OF JUSTICE (2006), CREATING CAPABILITIES (2012), POLITICAL EMOTIONS (2013), and ANGER AND FORGIVENESS (2016). Among her awards are the Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences in 2012, and the Kyoto Prize in 2016.
Plenary IV: Panel Discussion
Friday, September 2nd, 11:10am-12:10pm (Kanematsu Auditorium)
Kotaro Suzumura (Hitotsubashi University), with Sabina Alkire (University of Oxford), Enrica Chiappero (University of Pavia) and Mozaffar Qizilbash (University of York)
Title: On the Possibility of Welfare Economics and the Capability Approach
Download the presentation here
Kaushik Basu is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. Prior to this, he served as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and is currently on leave from Cornell University where he is Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and has received India’s Padma Bhushan award, the inaugural Professor A.L. Nagar Fellow award, as well as the National Mahalanobis Memorial award. His academic contributions span development and welfare economics, industrial organization, and game theory.
Kotaro Suzumura is Professor Emeritus of Hitotsubashi University, Professor Emeritus and an Honorary Fellow of Waseda University, a member of the Japan Academy, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He has served as President of the Japanese Economic Association and President of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare. He edited Handbook of Social Choice and Welfare (Volumes 1 and 2) with Kenneth Arrow and Amartya Sen. He was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon for his academic contribution by the Government of Japan in 2004 and the Japan Academy Prize for his contribution to the non-consequentialist foundations of normative economics in 2006.
Friday, September 2nd, 4:30pm-6:00pm (Kanematsu Auditorium)
Amartya Sen (Harvard University)
Title: On Specification and Measurement
Chair: Reiko Gotoh
Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, at Harvard University and was until 2004 the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Earlier on he was Professor of Economics at Jadavpur University Calcutta, the Delhi School of Economics, and the London School of Economics, and Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University. He has served as President of the Econometric Society, the American Economic Association, the Indian Economic Association, and the International Economic Association. His awards include Bharat Ratna (India); Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur (France); the National Humanities Medal (USA); Ordem do Merito Cientifico (Brazil); Honorary Companion of Honour (UK); Aztec Eagle (Mexico); Edinburgh Medal (UK); the George Marshall Award (USA); the Eisenhauer Medal (USA); and the Nobel Prize in Economics.
Plenary VI: Amartya Sen Lecture
Saturday, September 3rd, 10:00am-11:00am (Kanematsu Auditorium)
Michael Marmot (University College London)
Title: The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World
Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London, and President of the World Medical Association for 2015-2016. Professor Marmot holds the Harvard Lown Professorship for 2014-2017 and is the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from 16 universities. He has led research groups on health inequalities for 40 years. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and in 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.
HDCA Tokyo 2016 Schedule (updated August 22- please see printed list of last minute changes, available in the registration room – 206 )
August 31 (Wed)
Pre-conference Events (see menu on right for schedule)
09:00-16:00 Registration – Lecture Building 1, Room 206 on the West Campus
September 1 (Thur)
07:30-16:00 Registration – Lecture Building 1, Room 206 on the West Campus
08:20-09:40 Parallel Sessions 1
09:40-10:00 Coffee Break
10:00-11:00 Plenary 1: Ravi Kanbur (Presidential Address)
11:00-12:00 Plenary 2: Rima Khalaf (Mahbub Ul Haq Lecture)
13:20-14:40 Parallel Sessions 2
14:50-16:10 Parallel Sessions 3
15:00-16:30 Poster Session Presentations
16:10-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-17:40 Plenary 3: Martha Nussbaum
19:30-21:30 Conference Dinner
September 2 (Fri)
08:00-09:20 Parallel Sessions 4
09:30-10:50 Parallel Sessions 5
10:50-11:10 Coffee Break
11:10-12:10 Plenary 4: Kaushik Basu and Kotaro Suzumura
13:20-14:40 Parallel Sessions 6
14:50-16:10 Parallel Sessions 7
15:00-16:30 Poster Session Presentations
16:10-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:00 Plenary 5: Amartya Sen
September 3 (Sat)
08:20-09:40 Parallel Sessions 8
09:40-10:00 Coffee Break
10:00-11:00 Plenary 6: Michael Marmot (Amartya Sen Lecture)
11:00-12:00 General Members Meeting
13:20-14:40 Parallel Sessions 9
14:50-16:10 Parallel Sessions 10
16:30-17:30 Closing Ceremony
Pre-conference events will take place on Wednesday, August 31. Please see the schedule below. All events are on the West Camputs
9:00 am-5:30 pm
Room 304, Lecture Building 1
Global justice, the capability approach, and social policy
With outset in Gillian Brock’s book Global Justice (OUP 2008), the Foundational Issues thematic group (FICA) will organize a pre-conference event on Brock’s cosmopolitan theory of global justice and related issues. The aim of the event is to consider how abstract discussions on global justice can translate into concrete policy advice, for example within a capability framework. In her book, Brock develops and defends a cosmopolitan account of global justice and shows how it can provide ample room for national self-determination and -governance while securing basic principles of justice. Brock has, both in her book as well as in subsequent work, applied her account of global justice to such policy issues as global poverty, taxation reform, nationalism, health justice, work exploitation, and responsibility. In the event, we will take up and discuss these relationships between global justice and concrete issues of global and national policy. Download the description of the workshop here, or contact Morten Fibieger Byskov (email@example.com) and Rebecca Gutwald (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Please register using this link: https://goo.gl/x13gcQ
Room 301, Lecture Building 1
Measuring Capabilities in educational contexts (workshop)
In this workshop we will explore measurement of capabilities using different methodological approaches. In order to do this, we will present a case-study of intercultural education in a higher education environment where potential expansion of capabilities might be happening. We will then split into three groups, with each discussing how capability measurement can be carried out from the following perspectives: a) quantitative, b) qualitative, and c) participatory, trying to underline strengths and weakness of each. To conclude, we will have a plenary discussion on how the three approaches can be used / complement each other in order to arrive at a detailed picture of capabilities enhancement. (See related event and sign-up information below.)
If you are interested in participating in either/ or both of the above events, please contact the workshop organisers, Sandra Boni <email@example.com > and Veronica Crosbie <firstname.lastname@example.org> by Friday 26th August at the latest.
Room 307, Lecture Building 2
The Measurement of Capabilities
Download the PowerPoint presentation here
In this workshop, Professor Paul Anand will provide an overview of the capabilities measurement project which has sought to develop full and explicit measures of capabilities for use in household, national and other surveys. The workshop will give a brief philosophical and institutional background to the approach before highlighting the theoretical structure developed by Sen (1985) which Anand and colleagues have shown to be fully ‘workable’ – as Rawls questioned the approach. Following Sen’s approach we discuss measures of functioning, states, happiness and most importantly capabilities including non-cognitive traits. The project has covered applications to working age adults, the cost of domestic violence, the situation of Irish travellers, the consequences of disability (mobility impairment) contributing to the ‘Beyond GDP’ work of the OECD and in more recent work has started to highlight the value of social resources and behavioural insights for understanding how entitlements might be achieved.
The workshop will also draw on recent project work for the UNDP, argue that subjective measures are indeed also valuable in understanding human development. We conclude that one of the many values of the approach is that it provides a structure for understanding how wellbeing, quality of life or human flourishing is produced and distributed.
Anand P 2016 Happiness Explained, Oxford, Oxford University Press Anand, P., Hunter, G., Carter, I., Dowding, K., Guala, F. and Van Hees, M., 2009. The development of capability indicators. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 10(1), pp.125-152.
For more information, please contact Paul Anand at email@example.com. Pre-registration is not required.
Room 308, Lecture Building 2
UNDP Pre-Conference Workshop: Teaching Human Development in Universities and Beyond
Lead Organiser: Jon Hall, The Human Development Report Office, UNDP
This workshop will be of particular interest to those actively engaged in teaching human development and the capability approach. It will also be of interest to individuals thinking about introducing human development courses in their institutions and organisations.
The Human Development Report Office at UNDP wishes to help support human development thinking and practices around the world. One way to do this is through educational courses including those which can help universities to encourage students to think critically about different approaches to human development. In addition, the learning resources being developed by UNDP aim to support those engaging with government departments, policy-makers and/or NGOs. UNDP has prepared a module entitled, “Introduction to Human Development” and it will soon be freely available online –in several languages – for teachers to use. This session will introduce the new UNDP module and materials with the aim of gaining feedback for future development and dissemination. UNDP is particularly keen to discuss how this resource and others could be made more useful to members of the HDCA and beyond. We will also discuss future priorities in developing additional material and resources and whether and how HDCA members could become more closely involved.
Contact the HDCA Education Officer, Caroline Sarojini Hart firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for this event. Free for delegates who have registered for the main HDCA 2016 conference.
Registration, fees & scholarships
Registration is closed.
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 includes a year’s membership in the HDCA. As in previous years, the HDCA aims to make partial financial assistance available to those who need it.
It is recommended that conference participants stay in Tachikawa and the nearby area, which will be convenient for transportation to the conference venue, Hitotsubashi University in Kunitachi, Tokyo. Palace Hotel Tachikawa (conference dinner site) and other hotels nearby are now available at a special rate for conference participants. A summary list of hotels is below, and more information is available on the website of our official travel agent, Nissin Travel Service, at: https://nissin-trvl.jp/hdca2016/. Reservations can be made online or by emailing Nissin Travel at email@example.com.
|Hotel Name||Room Rates, available starting at:|
|Palace Hotel Tachikawa (Headquarter Hotel)||12,310yen/person/night (approx. US$113)|
|Tachikawa Grand Hotel||10,500yen/person/night (approx. US$96)|
|Tachikawa Washington Hotel||9,936yen/person/night (approx. US$91)|
|Hotel Nikko Tachikawa Tokyo||12,000yen/person/night (approx. US$110)|
|Tachikawa Regent Hotel||8,500yen/person/night (approx. US$78)|
|Kichijoji Tokyu REI Hotel||13,060yen/person/night (approx. US$120)|
Blocks of hotel rooms have been reserved at special rates, but numbers are limited so it is recommended to book early!
For those looking for less expensive accommodations, some additional options can be found here. Please note that these options are provided for the convenience of attendees and are not endorsed by the conference organizers.
Venue, attractions and optional excursion
Hitotsubashi University is located in the western suburb of Tokyo, in a city called Kunitachi. 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.
Plenary sessions will be held in Kanematsu Auditorium. (No. 9 on the map)
Parallel sessions will be held at the Lecture Building 1 and 2. (No. 11, 12 on the map)
Directions to Hitotsubashi University from the Tachikawa station area (near the Palace Hotel) can be downloaded here
Below are the links to tourist information about Tokyo.
Where is Kunitachi?
Japan National Tourist Organization http://www.jnto.go.jp/
Visit Japan Website: http://www.visitjapan.jp/
Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau http://www.tcvb.or.jp/
Optional Excursion -Saturday 3 September
Yakatabune Dinner Cruise on the Sumida River
JPY13,000 per person
Yakatabune is a traditional house-shaped cruise ship that has been continuously used since the 17th century. Passengers enjoy a dinner of tempura and sashimi while enjoying breathtaking views of Tokyo landmarks. Limit of 160 passengers.
Click here to download transportation information from the airports
From TOKYO (東京) or SHINJUKU (新宿) station
Take JR Chuo Line (中央線) bound for Takao（高尾）direction, to KUNITACHI (国立) station. Please note: if you get on a special rapid service train, “TOKUBETSU KAISOKU (特別快速)”, make sure to change at KOKUBUNJI (国分寺) station to a rapid service train “KAISOKU” (快速) , as the Tokubetsu Kaisoku DOES NOT STOP at Kunitachi station.
Commuting time: Approximately 1 hour from Tokyo, 40 minutes from Shinjuku.
From HANEDA AIRPORT (羽田空港)
Take Limousine Bus service to TACHIKAWA RAILWAY STATION NORTH EXIT (立川駅北口) or to PALACE HOTEL TACHIKAWA (パレスホテル立川), departing every one hour. [Bus stop #4 at the International Terminal]
From Tachikawa station, take JR Chuo Line bound for Tokyo to Kunitachi station (one stop). Or you may take a taxi to the campus (approx.1,400 yen).
Commuting time in total: Approximately 2 hours.
<TOKYO MONORAIL (東京モノレール) >
Take Tokyo Monorail to HAMAMATSUCHO (浜松町) station, change to JR Yamanote (山手線) Line in direction to Tokyo. From Tokyo station, take JR Chuo Line to Kunitachi station. Commuting time: Approximately 1.5 hours.
<KEIKYU AIRPORT LINE （京急空港線）>
Take Keikyu Airport Line (京急空港線）to SHINAGAWA (品川）station, change to JR Yamanote Line bound for Shibuya（渋谷）/Shinjuku（新宿）direction. Get off at Shinjuku station, change to JR Chuo Line to Kunitachi station.
Commuting time: Approximately 1 hour.
From NARITA AIRPORT (成田空港)
Take Limousine Bus service to PALACE HOTEL TACHIKAWA (パレスホテル立川), departing 3 services in the morning, 6 services in the afternoon. [Bus stop #11 or 2 at the Terminal 1; # 6 or 16 at the Terminal 2; # 4 at the Terminal 3] From Tachikawa station, take JR Chuo Line bound for Tokyo to Kunitachi station, or use taxi service to the campus.
Commuting time: Approximately 3 hours
<KEISEI BUS (京成バス)>
Take Keisei Bus service to TOKYO STATION YAESU GATE (東京駅八重洲口), departing 3 services per hour. From Tokyo station, take JR Chuo Line to Kunitachi station.
Commuting time: Approximately 2.5 hours (1.5 hours for the bus, 1 hour for the train.)
<NARITA EXPRESS (成田エクスプレス) train>
Take Narita Express train to Tokyo station or to Shinjuku station, change to JR Chuo Line to Kunitachi station.
Commuting time: Approximately 2 hours.
About 10 minutes’ on foot from the SOUTH exit of JR Kunitachi station. Walk straight down the main avenue, on your right sidewalk. The conference will be held on the west side of our campus (on your right from the Kunitachi station.)
Hitotsubashi University: http://www.hit-u.ac.jp/eng/
Directions to Hitotsubashi University from the Tachikawa station area (near the Palace Hotel) can be downloaded here and are also below
Directions to the campus from Kunitachi Station: http://www.hit-u.ac.jp/eng/about/direction/kunitachi.html
Directions to Hitotsubashi University from the Palace Hotel
If you are taking a taxi from Tachikawa station to Hitotsubashi University, please show the map below to the driver. It will cost around 1,000-2,000 JPY.
Take Chuo-Line train in the direction to Tokyo from Tachikawa JR (Japan Railway) station and get off at the next station, Kunitachi. It is about 3 min. train ride. Please note that ONLY “Rapid” (Kaisoku in Japanese) train will stop at Kunitachi, so do not take any other special rapid trains.
To use the train, go to the central concourse of Tachikawa station and buy a ticket using the machines (you will need Japanese yen or a credit card with the chip and PIN). Alternatively, you could go to the ticket office and purchase a prepaid plastic card called SUICA. For further details of this SUICA card, please refer to: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html
The round-trip fare from Tachikawa to Kunitachi is 280JPY. You shall insert your train ticket through the gate machines (or tap your SUICA card over the machine) when entering your departure station and when leaving your arrival station.
Hitotsubashi University is about 10 min. walk straight down the main avenue, on your right sidewalk from the south exit of the Kunitachi station. The conference will be held on the west side of our campus (on your right from the Kunitachi station).
2-1 Naka, Kunitachi, Tokyo 186-8601, Japan
HDCA Summer School
Summer School on Capability Approach – Tokyo
29-30 August 2016
***Registration is closed and we are no longer taking names for the waiting list***
Prior to the main conference, the HDCA will be holding a two-day HDCA Summer School primarily aimed at PhD graduate students working with the capability approach. It will take place at Hitotsubashi University, in Tokyo, on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 August 2016. The aim of the summer school is to introduce students to foundational concepts within the capability approach as well some core themes where current theoretical and empirical work is taking place. Participants will also have an opportunity to get group feedback on their research projects. Spaces are limited to 20 students.
Summer School Committee
Sridhar Venkatapuram, HDCA Officer at Large
Caroline Hart, HDCA Education Officer
Graciela Tonon, HDCA Information Officer