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Monthly Archives: March 2014

HDCA’s Health & Disability Thematic group’s Webinar on: “Towards Comparative Measures of Disability Policy: The case of Inclusive Cities”

The webinar included a presenation by Victor Santiago Pineda, Ph.D, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California Berkeley.

Victor Santiago Pineda, PhD is a recognized expert on comparative disability policy.  Over the past 10 years he has documented the conditions of persons with disabilities in Yemen, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Lebanon, and provided technical assistance to governmental agencies in Serbia, Bosnia, Thailand, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.  He is currently the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity at the University of California, Berkeley and research director of the World Enabled Initiative.

HDCA’s Health & Disability and Quantitative Research Methods Thematic group’s Webinar on: ” Analysis of capability deprivation of people with Alzheimer’s disease using a structural equation model”

The webinar included  a presentation by Jaya Krishnakumar followed by questions and answers.

Jaya Krishnakumar, PhD.  a full professor of Econometrics at the Department of Economics, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her research interests include panel data econometrics, econometrics of non-stationarity and cointegration, multivariate econometric modelling, quantitative methods for human development, poverty and inequality. She has publications in international journals such as Econometric TheoryJournal of EconometricsOxford Bulletin of Economics and StatisticsComputational Statistics and Data Analysis, Journal of Public Economics, European Economic Review, Health EconomicsSocial Indicators ResearchWorld Development, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.

HDCA’s Health & Disability Thematic group’s Webinar on: “Recovery in Social Contexts: Applying the Capabilities Framework to Public Mental Health Research”

The webinar included  a presentation by Mary-Jane Alexander followed by questions and answers.

Mary Jane Alexander, PhD is the Director of the Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts and of the Social Science and Innovation laboratory at the Nathan Kline Institute and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU Langone School of Medicine.  In the Center, Dr. Alexander co-directs the Research Core and is an investigator of the projects "Operationalizing Capabilities Framework for Mental Health Services Research", "Social Contexts of Parenting” and "Silent Wisdom”.  She is a social psychologist whose research in the public mental health systems since 1980 has included research and policy collaborations with users of public sector mental health services aimed at understanding and breaking down system level barriers to services for people with mental illness with other complicating histories or conditions such as addiction and trauma histories. 

HDCA’s Health & Disability Thematic group’s Webinar on: “Measuring Capabilities among Individuals with Mental Health Disorders”

The webinar included a presentation by Judit Simon and Paul Anand followed by questions and answers.

Judit Simon is Senior Researcher at the Health Economics Research Centre of the University of Oxford and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Over the past years, Judit has contributed to several applied economic evaluation and outcome research projects in the areas of mental health, diabetes and perinatology. Her current research focuses on the delivery of cost-effective interventions for people with severe mental health disorders, broader system-level evaluation and international comparison of mental health services, and the operationalisation of the capabilities approach for use in mental health economic studies.

Paul Anand is a Professor at the Open University and Research Associate at the Health Economics Research Centre in Oxford University. Paul has previously held fellowships in Oxford and Cambridge Universities. His work stems from long standing interests in the foundations of decision sciences. Paul has argued for the expansion of decision theory beyond older conceptions of rational choice, something that has, broadly speaking, taken place both in economics and philosophy.  In recent years, he has been interested in the operationalisation of Sen’s capabilities approach to welfare economics and its use in debates about the measurement of progress.

HDCA’s Health & Disability Thematic group’s Webinar on: “Health care resource allocation: is there a role for the capability approach?”

The webinar included  presentations by two panelists: Paula Lorgelly and Sridhar Venkatapuram

Paula Lorgelly is an Associate Professor of Health Economics at Monash University. Paula’s research interests are varied, but generally centre on the methodological issues of economic evaluations, including the measurement of outcome, and the analysis of large datasets using econometric techniques.  Her current research includes: operationalising the capability approach to derive a new outcome measure; economic evaluations of complex public health interventions; and analyses of health/survey data.

Sridhar Venkatapuram is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in ethics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an Affiliated Lecturer at Cambridge University.   His first book is titled Health Justice: An argument from the capabilities approach published in 2011 by Polity Press. Sridhar is currently working on his second book which focuses on the modern history and current issues in global health ethics aimed at undergraduates.

HDCA’s Health & Disability Thematic group’s Webinar on: “Impact of Community-Based Rehabilitation Programs on the Capabilities of Persons with Disabilities: Results from India and Uganda”

The webinar included  a presentation by Mario Biggeri followed by questions and answers.

Mario Bigger is Associate Professor in Development Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Florence, Italy, and the Academic Director of the Master in Development Economics. He is Scientific Director of the research Lab ARCO (Action Researcih for CO-development) of the University of Florence. He has worked for three years as consultant at UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC). His research interests include impact evaluation and the theory of change, local development (clusters of small and medium enterprises, and informal activities), child labour, children and persons with disabilities and capabilities and international cooperation. He is the co-author or co-editor of seven books and has published extensively in a broad range of international journals. He is a Fellow of the Human Development Capability Association (HDCA) and co-coordinator of the thematic group on ‘Children’s capabilities’.

HDCA’s Health & Disability Thematic Group’s Webinar on: “Disability and Poverty: Results from Multidimensional Poverty Studies”

The webinar included presentations by two panelists, Sophie Mitra and Jean-Francois Trani, followed by questions and answers.

Panelist and Moderator: Sophie Mitra

Sophie Mitra, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Fordham University and co-coordinator for the Health and Disability Thematic Group of HDCA. Sophie  Mitra’s main research interests are related to disability and development.

Panelist: Jean-Francois Trani

Jean-Francois Trani, Ph.D is an assistant professor at the Brown School of Social Work and Public Health, Washington University, St Louis. He carried out as principal investigator the National Disability Survey in Afghanistan. He has recently contributed to several large scale surveys on disability and vulnerability in Africa (Sudan, Sierra Leone), Nepal and India.

Researching Disability: Motivations and Experiences

Disability researchers discuss their motivations for working in this field and ask ‘what is the difference that social research can make’?

This is a public event where researchers and the public can share their views on the ways in which the experiences and concerns of disabled people and their families are represented through re-search, in the UK and in developing countries.

The session is going to be divided in four presentations, follow by an open plenary and an informal discussion with tea and coffee.

When?: 9th April 2014, 2pm to 4 p.m

Where?: Muirhead Tower room 710, University of Birmingham, UK

Contact Monica Pinilla if you have queries about this event. No booking required.

Extended CfP Deadline and New Location: The Decline of the Middle Classes in the Developed World?

Because of the large number of submissions and in order to provide a more congenial atmosphere for scholarly discussions, we have moved the location of the conference to Segovia (about 25 minutes outside of Madrid by high-speed train).

The University of Maryland, Center for International Policy Exchanges will hold a conference  on: The Decline of the Middle Classes in the Developed World? from  September 28–30, 2014.

Proposals will be accepted through April 11, and can be submitted here:

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