2020 HDCA Conference – Auckland, NZ

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We cordially ask scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, and other interested parties worldwide to save the date of the 2020 HDCA Conference, to be held in beautiful New Zealand.

More information about the event is available in the menu points on the right. You can also find our call for papers there.

To ensure you receive news and updates, please subscribe to the email list for our 2020 event. Send a message from your email account to sympa@lists.massey.ac.nz. Make sure the subject of your email is “SUBSCRIBE 2020HDCA” (without the quotation marks), otherwise the list server will respond with an error message. Here’s a screenshot that shows what your message should look like:

Alternatively, you can simply message the conference organisers at 2020HDCA@massey.ac.nz and they will add your address to the email list for you. The organisers are also happy to answer any conference-related questions at that address.

The HDCA doctoral summer school will take place from 27-28 June 2020 and registration will open alongside the main conference.


Conference Theme


Our tohu, inspired by concepts in Māori philosophy, represents our connections to both physical and spiritual worlds. The poutama (stair pattern on the right) represents the human connection to atua and a philosophy of climbing to the heavens to attain knowledge and enlightenment. The puhoro (wave pattern on the left) represents our connection to our natural environment (including water) and its importance to life and nourishment. The manaia (centre left) represents the human element and the way in which our experiences and values are shaped by what the other two elements represent.
Artist: Graham Tipene (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Haua)


While ideas about well-being, human development, and justice have always been progressed, now more than ever is the time for us to push ahead. Problems like radical climate change and the many effects it has on the ability of communities to flourish worldwide leave us with little other choice.

The Capability Approach and Human Development Paradigm have been playing an important role in this progress. They provide a meeting point for diverse perspectives, in- and outside of academia; link the Global South and Global North; and place the lives that people are able to have at the heart of well-being, development, and justice. Sustainability and equity are two of the pillars of human development, and while much progress has been made in understanding these ideas, new challenges have emerged. The urgent need to face these new challenges requires even more inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural understanding and exchange. How do we meet the needs of the present generation without sacrificing those of future generations? Can capability concepts help to distinguish sustainable flourishing from damagingly excessive living standards? How might we reinvent our means of satisfying human needs, so that our planet’s population can still function well while reducing consumption? In the age of rising sea levels, what are the bases of community if territory and historical connections to places are no longer available? And in the face of worsening ideological conflicts, how might economic, social, and political frameworks be rethought?

Indigenous philosophies are highly relevant to sustainable and equitable development. They have been playing an increasingly prominent role in advancing social, economic, environmental, and cultural development around the world. In Aotearoa New Zealand, Māori philosophies ground the naming of Te Awa Tupua (the Whanganui river) and Te Urewera (previously a national park) as legal entities with rights. Similarly, Kaupapa Māori Theory has helped to pioneer a platform for indigenous knowledges globally, providing space to reimagine the role of communities in research and development. Beyond Aotearoa New Zealand, concepts such as aloha ‘āina (Hawai’i, ‘love of the land’), minobimaatisiiwin (Anishinaabe, ‘the good life’), and sumaq kawsay (Quechua, ‘good living’) are transforming environmental thinking. Within and beyond the Pacific region, calls for sustainability chart a renewed course for development, highlighting the urgency and centrality of environmental concerns for tackling poverty, the value of diverse knowledges, and the need for local and global solutions. We can use this momentum to prevent that governments worldwide continue to ignore indigenous people’s knowledge and values and refuse to give them effect in policy and law.

Cross-disciplinary dialogue and conversation among people with very diverse experiences provide us with exciting opportunities for discovering creative solutions to old and new problems and harnessing the potential of creative and often unexpected synergies. In this regard we ask: What new conversations involving the Human Development Paradigm and Capability Approach are currently underway? In which discussions should the approach participate in the future? What can we learn from perspectives that remain at the margins of current mainstream conversations? How, within the human development and capability space, can different values speak to each other? And how can we prevent that the silencing of differences and the monopolisation of discourses squashes innovation?

Under the theme New Horizons: Sustainability and Justice, the 2020 HDCA Conference aims to provide an enriching way to focus on fresh ideas, new directions, and different voices that take us into the future.


Keynote Speakers

The following keynote speakers have been confirmed for our conference (updates here soon):

Martha C. Nussbaum

Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

Professor of International Affairs and Director of Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, The New School

Pedro Conceição

Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the Human Development Report, United Nations Development Programme

José Gabriel Palma

Professor of Economics, University of Santiago

Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge

Jay Drydyk

Professor of Philosophy and Program Director of Ethics and Public Affairs, Carleton University


Call for Papers

The submission period has ended.

Conference Aims and Topics

To explore the role that the Human Development Paradigm and Capability Approach, in interaction with other perspectives, can play in navigating the opportunities and challenges ahead, we invite scholars, activists, policymakers, practitioners, and students working on the areas of human development and capabilities to Auckland, New Zealand. We especially welcome those who are new to the field introducing us to new ideas and perspectives. Recognising the need for diverse participants to engage in innovative conversations and explore the potential for new synergies, we look forward to seeing participants from a wide range of research themes, topics, methods, professions, and regions. Submissions that engage with the role of the humanities in partnership with other disciplines in advancing the core aims of the Human Development Paradigm and Capability Approach are encouraged. We would also like to expressly invite the participation from indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, and those from the global south.

Contributions to our conference on New Horizons: Sustainability and Justice may explore, among others, the following topics:

Indigenous philosophies
Sustainability, sustainable development, and SDGs
Transgenerational capabilities and human development
Capabilities and the virtues
Capabilities and the role of emotions
Climate change
Capabilities: individual vs collective
Culture and religion
Capabilities and living standards
Island nations: challenges and concerns
Pasifika communities
Hope in the face of daunting challenges
Past and future generations
Transitional justice and reconciliation
Restorative justice and capabilities
Capabilities at the margins

In addition to papers on the conference theme, papers on all core HDCA topics are welcome, including, but not limited to:

Philosophical and ethical foundations and implications of the Capability Approach
Methodological issues in operationalizing the Capability Approach
Capability measurement and empirical analysis
Human rights and development
Policy analysis and evaluation related to capabilities and agency
Education: rights, equalities, and capabilities
Health inequalities, disability, and aging
Urban and rural capabilities
The capability approach and arts policy/practice
Democracy and deliberation
Equalities and inequalities for children and youth
Human capabilities and psychology research

For information about thematic groups, visit https://hd-ca.org/thematic-groups.

Keynote Speakers and Plenary Panels

We’re lining up an exciting list of speakers for you. Detailed information on keynote topics and presenters will be provided here on our conference website as it becomes available.

Conference Timeline and Sessions

The main conference takes place from 30 June to 2 July 2020 (Tuesday to Thursday). It will be preceded by a summer school for graduate students (27 and 28 June, weekend) and a day of pre-conference events (29 June, Monday).

In addition to keynote lectures and other plenaries, the conference will accommodate seven types of session:

1 Academic paper sessions, for which single papers can be submitted. Each paper will be presented in a session with 2 or 3 other submissions (25 minutes per paper including Q&A). Please send an abstract of 500-1,000 words, with a list of 3-5 keywords.
2 Activist/practitioner sessions, for which single presentations can be submitted outlining a practical project or activity. Each session will include 2 or 3 other presentations (25 minutes per presentation including Q&A). Please send an abstract of 500-1,000 words, with a list of 3-5 keywords.
3 Thematic panel sessions, for which a set of presentations on a single theme related to this year’s conference theme or to the subject of one or more of the HDCA’s thematic groups is submitted. Panel proposals are welcome from the thematic group coordinators as well as from people unaffiliated with them. Each thematic panel should have a maximum of three papers. It must have a coordinator who submits a panel abstract of up to 1,000 words, plus 3-5 keywords. In addition, an abstract of 500-1,000 words, with a list of 3-5 keywords, should accompany each component paper. The coordinator will act as the contact person for the panel session and the other panel presenters. (NB: the standards for evaluating panels will be the same as for full academic papers. If not all of the papers in the proposed panel session are evaluated favourably, the approved papers will be regarded as individual
4 Author-meets-critics sessions, in which an author presents a summary of a recent book or larger piece of research. Each author should send a 500-word synopsis of the relevant book or research project, along with 3-5 keywords. The submission should also include the names of one or two confirmed discussants.
5 Roundtables, which are intended to engage policymakers or governmental stakeholders, or to organise discussions with practitioners about practical approaches to dealing with the problems that are the focus of the conference. Please send a 500-1,000 word abstract, plus 3-5 keywords. Also include information on the roundtable participants, affiliations, and whether the participation of each of them has been confirmed.
6 Poster presentation sessions, for which dedicated time slots will be available in the programme so that authors can communicate their ideas to the circulating audience. Posters could present a research project, some completed field-work, a case study, or an early-stage research proposal. Please send an abstract of 300-600 words, with a list of 3-5 keywords.
7 Young-scholar-meets-senior-scholar sessions, intended for graduate students to present their research plan or work in progress (proposals should be 500-1,000 words, with 3-5 keywords). Senior scholars, including HDCA Fellows, will provide feedback and chair the discussion.

Please note:

Since we expect a large number of submissions, each person is allowed to be involved in a maximum of two paper proposals and these must be for different types of sessions (e.g. full paper and thematic panel).
The same proposal may not be submitted more than once to different kinds of sessions, for example, full paper, poster, and young scholar.
You will be required to identify the broad theme for your proposal to enable us to allocate it to reviewers (for example, education or health).
For panel proposals, the panel organisers may not substitute a non-reviewed paper if a presenter withdraws.

The main criteria for evaluating the various kinds of submissions are:

Clarity and structure
Significance/impact/relevance to/engagement with the capability approach and/or human development
Methodology/methods or practical application
Fit with the conference theme

While the papers may come from any discipline and may be theoretical, applied, or policy-based, every paper must engage with, apply, extend, criticise, or offer insights specifically relevant to the capability approach and/or the human development paradigm.

Stream Proposals

This year, we would like to invite stream proposals made up of two or more panel sessions that are scheduled sequentially. We especially invite streams on a single theme that are: multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural, and/or that bring scholars, practitioners, and members of the wider community into conversation.

If you envision that multiple panel sessions could be arranged in a dedicated thematic stream, please contact the organisers by email (2020HDCA@massey.ac.nz) to discuss your proposal. Please also consider discussing the session with the coordinators from one or more of the thematic groups (see https://hd-ca.org/thematic-groups).

HDCA Summer School

During the weekend that precedes the conference (27 and 28 June 2020), the HDCA will be holding a two-day summer school for graduate students working with the capability approach. Senior HDCA academics will present the basics of the capability approach and discuss cutting edge topics and developments. There will also be opportunities to get group feedback on research projects. Further details will be communicated closer to the event (please check back online here).

HDCA Journal

We encourage papers presented at the conference to be submitted for publication in the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. This HDCA-owned journal is a peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary journal for people-centred development. For more information on the journal and on how to submit your paper, please see the journal webpage (https://hd-ca.org/publication-and-resources/journal-of-human-development-and-capabilities).

Conference Sustainability

Not only to live up to the theme of the conference, but we will also make special efforts to run the 2020 events as sustainably as possible. For example, conference programmes will be supplied through an app; meals will be plant-based and made from locally sourced ingredients; we strongly encourage all participants to bring their own reusable drinking cups or bottles; we ask attending students in particular to bring reusable containers (e.g., stainless steel or plastic lunch boxes) to take away leftover foods at the end of the day; we very much encourage participants to consider offsetting their CHG emissions (as the HDCA is committed to doing); and we suggest that guests combine their conference visit with an extended stay in beautiful New Zealand, thereby preventing further flight emissions for additional holiday trips. We will also offer options to participate in practical conservation activities that demonstrate first-hand the efforts made in New Zealand to become more sustainable.

If you have ideas about how we can make the 2020 HDCA Conference more sustainable, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible (2020HDCA@massey.ac.nz). During the conference itself, we will also host a workshop to discuss the future of annual mass-conference events like ours in the age of radical climate change.

Conference Accessibility and Inclusiveness

We aim to make our conference as inclusive and accessible as possible, not only in terms of physical space and materials provided (e.g. programmes, presentations, and nametags) but also with regard to presentation pedagogy and session design (e.g. we encourage presenters to think about how they plan to interact with the audience and to think about what audiences at this particular conference may be able to contribute to conference sessions).

In addition, we are exploring options for accommodating families during the event by providing a dedicated family space and offering options for childcare. You will be able to indicate your interest in these facilities in the online registration form.

For further suggestions how we can make the 2020 gathering more accessible and inclusive, please contact us by email (2020HDCA@massey.ac.nz). Conference-goers with special requirements are especially encouraged to get in touch.

How to Submit Your Proposal

Please submit your proposed poster, paper, or panel online from 1 November 2020 (http://www.conftool.org/2020hdca) using the appropriate form.

If you encounter any problems, please contact the conference organisers by email (2020HDCA@massey.ac.nz.

To ensure academic quality, all submissions will be assessed by two reviewers, at least one of whom is an HDCA Fellow or a senior researcher in the field.

Important Deadlines

January 31, 2020Submission of proposals

February 15, 2020 – Announcement of acceptance/rejection

February 21, 2020 – Deadline for scholarship applications

April 15, 2020 – Deadline for conference registration at early-bird rates

May 31, 2020 – Final deadline for conference registration at standard rates

June 15, 2020 – Submission of full papers/posters


Pre-Conference Events Day

Immediately before the conference (on 29 June 2020), we will host a full day of additional events. In the past, this day has been dedicated to a variety of seminars, policy workshops, professional networking events, interest group meetings, local community visits, and conservation walks. We envision similar events in 2020, but we encourage additional ideas.

Please submit proposals for the pre-conference events day through one of the HDCA thematic group coordinators or directly to us. Our contact details are listed HERE (at the bottom). Details about the various HDCA thematic group and their coordinators are can be found HERE.

Conference Fees, Scholarships, and Prizes

Conference Fees

Event registration will open around 1 March 2020. Parties from low- and mid-income countries are eligible for reduced registration fees, as per this schedule:

Resident in a high-income country

Professional, high-income country, early (US$395)
Professional, high-income country, standard (US$445)
Concessions (non-profit organisation NGO worker or similar; unwaged) high-income country, early (US$195)
Concessions (NGO worker or similar; unwaged) high-income country, standard (US$245)
Student, high-income country, early (US$195)
Student, high-income country, standard (US$245)

 Resident in a middle- or low-income country

Professional, low- or mid-income country, early (US$195)
Professional, low- or mid-income country, standard (US$245)
Concessions (NGO worker or similar; unwaged) low- or middle-income country early (US$95)
Concessions (NGO worker or similar; unwaged) low- or middle-income country standard (US$145)
Student, low- or mid-income country, early (US$95)
Student, low- or mid-income country, standard (US$130)

The conference registration fee provides a one-year HDCA membership, including a year’s subscription to the Journal of Human Development & Capabilities.

Summer School

Graduate Student (US$80)


The HDCA has a limited number of scholarships to attend the annual conference. They will be awarded based on merit and need to either

1 early-career scholars presenting sole-authored papers at the 2020 HDCA Conference or
2 scholars residing in low- and mid-income countries presenting papers at the 2020 HDCA Conference (for jointly authored papers to qualify for scholarship funds both authors must reside in a low- or middle-income country)

The amount of each scholarship will be determined on a case-by-case basis. However, final amounts have tended to be capped at US$1,000, and the average amount awarded has been US$500.

To apply for one of these scholarships, please download and complete the scholarship application form after you have received the referees’ review of your abstract in mid-February. All scholarship applications must be received by the Chair of the Scholarships Committee by 21 February 2020.

2020 Conference Prizes

Kuklys Prize for Best Paper from a Graduate Student

At the conference, the HDCA will award the annual Wiebke Kuklys Prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student. All graduate students who have not been awarded their degree before 30 June 2020 and are presenting a paper at the 2020 HDCA conference under their sole authorship are eligible to be considered for this prize. If you wish your paper to be considered, indicate so on the online submission form.

To compete for this prize, the full paper must be submitted by 15 April 2020. The winner of the 2020 Wiebke Kuklys Prize will be awarded a cash amount (the purpose of which is to contribute to the student’s graduate work, for example, in the form of equipment or book purchases or conference attendance). The name of the winner will be announced at the closing plenary session of the conference, which the author must attend.

Other Prizes

Additional prizes will be presented during the conference. Detailed information will be provided here on our conference website in due course.

Video-Conferencing Pilot

As a conference location, New Zealand is a long way from where many of our (potential) visitors are based, and long-haul flight is a very environmentally damaging mode of transportation. Climate change-related responsibility entails that people who are interested in attending our event think long and hard about how their participation affects climate change. As the theme of our conference indicates, we too are committed to these considerations. Thus, the 2020 event will for the first time run a video-conferencing pilot that allows participation from a distance.

The technical solution we will employ for that purpose is Zoom Meetings. The use of Zoom itself does not involve any cost for conference participants. However, to ensure that all participants (both on the ground in Auckland and remotely dialled in) are satisfied with their experience of the papers (in terms of both delivery and reception), presenters will be allowed to participate in our pilot only if they have access to appropriate technology of the following kinds:

A reliable Internet connection, ideally wired broadband (because wireless network connections tend to be much more fallible); the speed must be 3.0 Mbps (both up and down) minimum — you can test the upload and download speed of your connection HERE
A personal computer with a recent processor (dual-core 2Ghz or higher — i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) and with sufficient RAM (4GB minimum)
Quality speakers and a microphone (built into the computer or connected by USB)
An HD webcam (built into the computer or connected by USB)
Zoom Meeting software (download HERE and install)

(We will conduct a test run with each remote participant prior to the event.)

To apply for participation in our video-conferencing pilot, please submit your abstract in our ConfTool platform (as outlined in the respective subsection below). In ConfTool, indicate that you wish to deliver your paper through video-conferencing by selecting one of the special session types we have created for the pilot:

Academic paper sessions — Video-conferencing pilot
Activist/practitioner sessions — Video-conferencing pilot
Thematic panel sessions — Video-conferencing pilot
Author-meets-critics sessions — Video-conferencing pilot
Roundtables — Video-conferencing pilot
Young-scholar-meets-senior-scholar sessions — Video-conferencing pilot

In terms of conference fees, remote participants will be charged 75% of the fees applicable to them if they participated in the traditional way (includes annual HDCA membership).


Each remote presenter is eligible to attend all other papers that are delivered in the context of the pilot. Offline papers (presented in the traditional way) will generally not be accessible to them. However, we are planning to stream keynotes into Zoom also.
For details about how to install the Zoom software on your computer, set it up, and get started, please check THIS LINK.


Writing & Submitting Abstracts

The submission deadline has ended.

Advice for Writing Conference Abstracts

For recommendations on how to write your abstract, please see THIS PAGE.

For detailed information about what reviewers look for in an abstract and the reviewing process, feel free to watch THIS VIDEO.

Where to Submit

All abstracts must be submitted online through ConfTool. To do so, please create an account HERE and follow the instructions.

If you have created an account in ConfTool previously (eg, for a past HDCA Conference), you will need to set up a new one. Due to data protection guidelines, user information cannot be rolled over from one year to the next.


Around the Conference

Main Conference Venue

The 2020 HDCA Conference takes place at North Harbour Stadium (formerly QBE Stadium), located in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore.

Stadium Drive
Auckland 0632

For Google Maps directions, click HERE.

Other Venue(s)

Some events, especially the 2020 Summer School and our 2020 Pre-Conference Events Day, will be based on Massey University’s Auckland Campus, just a stone throw away from the stadium.

University Avenue
Auckland 0632

For Google Maps directions, click HERE.

Around Albany

If at any stage during the conference you feel like taking a break and doing something sportive, Albany Stadium Pool is in spitting distance of our main conference venue. The pool also has a full-service gym. For pool-related information (eg, what to wear), see HERE.


If you arrive in Auckland by air, please consider using the SkyBus North Harbour Express (currently NZD 24 one-way). The service leaves from both terminals, domestic and international. It takes you directly to the Albany Westfield Shopping Centre (on Civic Cres). From there, it is a mere 10-minute walk to North Harbour Stadium.

Alternatively, Super Shuttle provides door-to-door service. It leaves from both terminals. (Transport from Auckland Airport International to North Harbour Stadium is currently quoted as NZD 66 one-way for a shared ride).

For all your public transportation planning needs in Auckland (bus, train, and ferry), please visit THIS website.


We’re delighted to recommend the following hotels for your stay during the conference. All are in walking distance to North Harbour Stadium and Massey University Albany, and each offers reduced rates to our guests.

Quest Albany

Exclusive rates details HERE.

Google Maps location HERE.

Ramada Albany

Exclusive rates (with code: HDCA):
Studio room $169
One-bedroom apartment $189
Two-bedroom apartment $320

Google Maps location HERE.


Tangata Whenua

Māori are tangata whenua or people of the land. The relationship that tangata whenua have with the natural environment (mountains, rivers, flora and fauna) has been shaped by experiences from and responsibilities to past, present, and future generations. This deep relationship and responsibility to the natural environment is exemplified in the way that Māori, when introducing themselves, do so by situating themselves within a particular landscape (in relation to a mountain, river, ocean, region, marae, people). It is also evident in the way that ‘whenua’ means not merely land but also placenta – highlighting the fundamental connection that people have to the natural environment.

Information About Local Maori Communities in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland

Te Tino O Kaipara – The Great Kaipara


Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

Information About Marae

Marae is centrally about people and the environment working together – or, in other words, about tangata whenua, people of the land. […] Marae (kin-community centres) remain the quintessential focus of tribal Māori identity. […] Prior to East Polynesians arriving in Aotearoa, marae had continuously evolved and developed in response to more than 2000 years of oceanic exploration and settlement. […]

However, many marae communities struggled under the pressures enforced upon them due to land wars and resulting laws that vastly diminished tribal land estates. And if those pressures were not significant enough, the economic recession of the 1930s – as well as other factors – has had cumulative, irreversible effects on marae. Since World War II, further major changes have occurred within marae communities. Perhaps the most significant is that Māori as individuals are no longer culturally, politically or economically dependent on their marae community or papakāinga to survive. This creates a dilemma: hapū and their marae cannot survive without kin support. The marae and their leaders are the primary means for transmitting cultural values and the language that symbolises tribal identity. […] The net effect of limited youth engagement, participation or even simply presence with elders in marae contexts is to reduce the sustainability of community cultural knowledge and values. […]

The major question facing many communities is, can tribal marae survive this silent crisis of human resource depletion? Can marae transform themselves again, as in the past, to remain relevant and vital to the new generation of Māori living in mostly distant urban environments? And how can those descendants living away (virtually) reconnect and support their local marae communities who keep the home fires alight? The outcomes of the decisions made today, especially about Treaty settlements, language and marae programmes, will have a ripple effect on the living of tomorrow.

(From: Tapsell, Paul [2014]. Tribal marae: Crisis? What Crisis? In Merata Kawharu [ed.] Maranga Mai: Te Reo and Marae in Crisis? Auckland University Press)


For all tribal marae throughout the country, see HERE.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

When modern Aotearoa New Zealand was founded in 1840, a partnership between two cultures and two systems of law and morality was forged. Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Te Tiriti), The Treaty of Waitangi, recognises this to be the case. It affirms and promises to uphold the mana (customary authority), tino rangatiratanga (leadership), and tikanga (law) of Māori, and commits to a relationship of equal partnership between Māori chiefs and the British Crown.

For further information about Te Tiriti, see:

Te Ara: The Treaty of Waitangi
New Zealand History: Treaty Of Waitangi
New Zealand History: All About the Treaty (PDF)


About Auckland

Here is what a popular New Zealand travel guide writes about our city:

Why Go?

Paris may be the city of love, but Auckland is the city of many lovers, according to its Maori name, Tamaki Makaurau. Those lovers so desired this place that they fought over it for centuries.

It’s hard to imagine a more geographically blessed city. lts two harbours frame a narrow isthmus punctuated by volcanic cones and surrounded by fertile farmland. From any of its numerous vantage points you’ll be astounded by how close the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean come to kissing and forming a new island.

As a result, water’s never far away – whether it’s the ruggedly beautiful west-coast surf beaches or the glistening Hauraki Gulf with its myriad islands. And within an hour’s drive from the high-rise heart of the city there are dense tracts of rainforest, thermal springs, wineries and wildlife reserves. No wonder Auckland’s rated as offering the third-best quality of life of any major city.

(From: Lonely Planet New Zealand, 16th edition)

(Auckland, view from Devonport)

Naturally, we quite agree. Auckland is a lovely city and its visitor experiences are rated very highly. If you would like more information about our city and what it has to offer, here are some resources for you:

Tourism New Zealand: Auckland
Auckland Tourism
Lonely Planet: Auckland Region
TripAdvisor: Auckland

Here are some concrete ideas for activities:

Hike up one (or more) of Auckland’s volcanic cones
Adventure Capital Bicycle Tours
Explore Group: America’s Cup and Auckland Harbour Sailing
Auckland SkyJump and SkyWalk
Aucky Walky Tours
Auckland Art Gallery Visit
Auckland Museum Visit
MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology) Visit
Fine Art Tours
TIME Unlimited Tours
Auckland Bridge Climb
Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari
Rent a Kayak or Paddle Board at Mission Bay
Catch a ferry to Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, or Devonport
Take a Segway Tour up Mt Victoria in Devonport
Eco-Zip Waiheke
Ananda Tours (Waiheke)
Visit Giapo
Visit Sculptureum

Closer to the conference, you can check the local weather forecast here:

MetService: Auckland Central

New Zealand Tourism

Explore New Zealand

Kia Ora,

New Zealand is a land of immense and diverse landscapes. You’ll experience natural wonders and unique culture here that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Find out more about New Zealand HERE.

Looking for some guidance on itinerary planning? Click HERE.

New Zealand accommodation options are diverse, with something to suit every level of comfort and budget.

New Zealand has myriad different events on throughout the year, from sports fixtures to cultural festivals. Add one to your itinerary before or after your conference. Find out what is on HERE.

We look forward to seeing you in New Zealand soon.

Tiaki – Care for New Zealand

Tiaki means to care for people and place.

New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it.

The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations.

By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki Aotearoa, Welcome to New Zealand.

i-SITE New Zealand

i-SITE is our country’s official visitor information network. There are currently 80 i-SITE locations found throughout New Zealand where you can speak to a travel expert for local knowledge and bookings throughout New Zealand.


Whether you are looking for places to stay, things to do or ways to get around, Qualmark, New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation, provides a trusted guide to quality travel experiences. When you see the Qualmark, it means that those businesses have been independently assessed against a set of national quality standards. Find out more about Qualmark HERE.

Go and Explore

New Zealand’s 29 regions stretch more than 1,600 kilometres across two main islands. Each destination is distinctive in character, and with the country being so compact, you can easily visit several on your holiday.

For places to visit in our country, click HERE.

New Zealand Tourism

Travelling to New Zealand

Travelling to New Zealand is easy. For practical information and travel advice before you leave, click HERE.

Before going to another country, you need to know the basic facts. New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of just over 4 million people it is gloriously uncrowded. Learn more about New Zealand HERE.

Passports, Visas, and Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

When you arrive, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

Visitors from visa-waiver countries don’t need to apply for a visitor visa. However, from 1 October 2019 they must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to coming to New Zealand. You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). For more information on the ETA and IVL, visit Immigration New Zealand.

If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance. You can find information about where and how to apply, the cost involved, and the time needed at THIS URL (a Visitor Visa should suffice to attend the conference).

If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.


In order to protect New Zealand and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry, or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment. You may risk a fine if you fail to comply.


No vaccinations are required to visit New Zealand.

Please note that New Zealand recently had an outbreak of measles. According to experts, the outbreak has now passed its peak, with the number of new cases declining. For relevant information provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health, please see HERE.


The weather varies throughout New Zealand by region and by season.


The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). For details on our currency and the cost of staying in our country, please check HERE.

Internet & phone coverage

Staying connected in New Zealand is easy with a little forward planning. See details HERE.


New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts and uses angled two or three-pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia).

Time Zone

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).


Organizers & Contacts

Local Organising Committee

Kerry Taylor (School of Humanities, Massey University, New Zealand)
Krushil Watene (Philosophy, Massey University, New Zealand)
Marco Grix (Philosophy, Massey University, New Zealand)
Siautu Alefaio (Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand)
Fiona Te Momo (Te Pūtahi a Toi, Massey University, New Zealand)
Vanessa Schouten (Philosophy, Massey University, New Zealand)
Sharon Bell (Development Studies, Massey University, New Zealand)
Negar Partow (Security Studies, Massey University, New Zealand)
Mandy Yap (CAEPR, Australian National University, Australia)
Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan (Institute of Rural Management, Anand, India)
David Schlosberg (Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney, Australia)
Tom Eats (Maritime New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand)

Programme Committee

Jay Drydyk (Carleton University, Canada [Chair])
Ann Mitchell (Pontifica Universidad Católica, Argentina)
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (The New School, USA)
Reiko Gotoh (Hitotsubashi University, Japan)
Krushil Watene (Massey University, New Zealand)
Kerry Taylor (Massey University, New Zealand)
Marco Grix (Massey University, New Zealand)

Massey University Albany Māori Advisory Group

Fiona Te Momo (Ngāti Porou [Convenor])
Messina Shaw (Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Te Ata)
Apirana Pewhairangi (Ngāti Porou)
Pita King (Te Rarawa)

Organising Institution

College of Humanities and Social Sciences: School of Humanities
Massey University Auckland
Private Bag 102904
Auckland 0745
New Zealand

Contact the Organisers

Preferred: email 2020HDCA@massey.ac.nz
Optional: call +64 (0)9 414 0800, ext. 43495


HDCA Summer School 2020

Registration opening soon!

This year’s HDCA Summer School will take place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June in Auckland, New Zealand, ahead of the annual conference there from 30 June-2 July.  A key aim of the summer school is to develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of key concepts in human development with a particular focus on the capability approach.

The inter-disciplinary two-day programme will include sessions exploring the nature of human development as well as foundational concepts and approaches to research in human development using the capability approach. Theory and practice will be explored through selected key topics such as communities, indigenous people and education.  There will be workshop sessions on developing research methods with opportunities for participants to present and discuss their own research projects and ideas. Accepted participants will be given pre-course preparation to do ahead of the summer school. All sessions will be in English.

Summer School Eligibility

The programme is specifically aimed at doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars who already have some understanding of development issues and are currently working with the capability approach.  To be eligible for the 2020 HDCA summer school you will need to be a current doctoral student or postdoctoral researcher (within 2 years of receiving doctorate) working with the capability approach.  You must also be attending the main HDCA conference in Auckland (separate registration and payment required). Priority will be given to students who have not previously attended an HDCA summer school.  If you have any queries about your suitability for the summer school please email the Education Officers, Caroline Hart at c.hart@sheffield.ac.uk or Rosie Peppin Vaughan rosie.peppinvaughan@ucl.ac.uk for clarification.

The summer school registration fee will be US$80 including participation in the two-day programme, refreshments, two lunches and one evening meal as well as course materials.  It will not include travel or accommodation costs so participants will need to budget accordingly.  There is a wide range of accommodation available locally and good transport systems at reasonable cost.  You may need to travel a considerable distance to secure low cost accommodation and should take this into account when making travel arrangements.

If you are awarded a scholarship for the 2020 annual HDCA conference you will be eligible to apply, in addition, for up to US$100 towards your accommodation costs for attending the summer school should this be required (payable following summer school participation).

Further details regarding the online summer school registration process will be posted early in 2020 on the HDCA Auckland 2020 conference webpage when the main conference opens registration.

Caroline Sarojini Hart, HDCA Education Officer
Rosie Peppin Vaughan, HDCA Education Officer