Select language

Skip to content

Human Development &
Capability Association

Multi-Disciplinary and People-Centred

Monthly Archives: November 2016

Seminar: ‘Capabilitarianism and education’

Professor Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University)

Thursday 1st December, 2-4pm, UCL Institute of Education.

Venue: Upper Meeting Room, London International Development Centre, 36 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PD. (This is about 5 minutes walk from the IOE main building on Bedford Way).

In this talk, Ingrid Robeyns will present from her recent paper on 'Capabilitarianism' which offers a critique of Nussbaum's articulation of the capability approach, and suggests an alternative. She will highlight the consequences of her views for thinking about education. The presentation will be followed by comments from Elaine Unterhalter (Professor of Education and International Development, UCL Institute of Education) and Alejandra Boni (Associate Professor, Universitat Politècnica de València).

If you would like to read the paper, 'Capabilitarianism' beforehand, it was published in 2016 in the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Vol 17 Issue 3, pp 397-414.

Please email Rosie Peppin Vaughan ahead of the event if you would like to attend, as space is limited (

Call for Papers: Immiserizing Growth – A Conference

Toronto, Canada

May 26-27, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline December 31, 2017

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encapsulate the idea of reducing deprivation in different dimensions as a key objective of development policy. Thus, one component of the very first goal is to “Reduce at least by half the proportion of people living in poverty in all its dimensions,” echoing the first Millennium Development Goal. Following this trend, the World Bank has set out as one of its goals the elimination of extreme poverty. The empirical development literature for its part finds a correlation between economic growth (increases in per capita income) and reduction in deprivation in a range of dimensions, specifically income poverty but also non-income deprivation. However, it is also recognized that there is a large variation around the average relationship and that in some cases there may be no impact whatsoever of growth on absolute deprivation. How important are such cases, and why do they happen? Indeed, how widespread are cases where, for significant numbers of people, economic growth is accompanied by a worsening of absolute deprivation in income or non-income dimensions and what explains this phenomenon? In some data sets around 10-15% of observed spells have growth coinciding with increases in poverty. Even when aggregate poverty declines, this may hide immiserization for many. An exploration of such “immiserizing” economic growth is important not only because of the ethical imperative of reducing absolute deprivation for everybody, but also because an exploration of the extreme phenomenon could shed light on socio-economic mechanisms which may illuminate the distributional impact of economic growth throughout the distribution. A background paper discussing many of these issues can be accessed at:

The conference organizers are Paul Shaffer (Trent University) Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University) and Richard Sandbrook (University of Toronto). We are interested in theory and in recent or historical evidence on immiserizing growth, including: (i) Cross-Country Analyses; (ii) Country Studies; (iii) Micro-level Studies. Such analyses may focus on the extent or magnitude of IG, its political and economic causes along with politically feasible policy responses. We welcome submissions from any disciplinary orientation with preference for interdisciplinary analyses. Contributions can range from brief policy-oriented notes of 5-10 pages to longer academically-oriented pieces of 25-30 pages (or 3-5 page proposals for such papers).

Submissions should be sent electronically to Paul Shaffer ( by December 31, 2016. Decisions will be conveyed by January 31, 2017.

The conference will meet the travel costs of one presenter per paper accepted. The papers presented at the conference will in turn be considered for publication in a special issue of a journal or a volume.

Webinar: Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in Africa: levels, trends and puzzles

HDCA’s Thematic Group Network and the Graduate Student Network invite you to a webinar on:

Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in Africa: levels, trends and puzzles.

By Sabina Alkire, University of Oxford, U.K.

Tuesday November 15th, 2016

2:30 to 3:30pm GMT

8:00 to 9:00pm India time

9:30 to 10:30am Eastern Standard Time

Participants must register to participate in this webinar. To register please use this link here. Details on how to join the webinar will be sent to you after you register.

Speaker’s Bio: Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Her research interests and publications include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, Amartya Sen’s capability approach, the measurement of freedoms, and human development. She holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

The webinar will be moderated by Sophie Mitra and Marcelo Mosaner.

scroll to top