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Capability Association

Agency, Well-Being and Justice

Monthly Archives: June 2018

EXTENDED DEADLINE, REDUCED FEE FOR MASTER STUDENTS! “Energy Justice and the Capability Approach – Interdisciplinary Perspectives”


Extended deadline for Abstracts: 21 August
Extended deadline for Registration: 27 August

Recently, social scientists and philosophers have shown increased interest in questions of social, global and intergenerational justice related to energy production and consumption. Topics that have been discussed are, for example, questions about availability and affordability of energy and questions about the negative environmental impacts of energy production. The capability approach is today one of the most influential theoretical frameworks for analyzing issues of justice, and there have been a few attempts to employ it within the field of energy justice. The purpose of the conference is to explore further the potential of the capability approach for conceptualizing and studying issues of energy justice. The invited speakers are the following well-qualified scholars in the field of energy and climate justice: Rosie Day, Stephen Gardiner, Rafaela Hillerbrand, Gordon Walker, Kirsten Jenkins and Behnam Taebi.The deadline for registration is extended to 27 August. There is a call for papers on energy justice and the deadline for sending in abstracts is extended to 21 August. Organizer: Anders Melin, Malmö University, For further information and registration, see

WEBINAR: On Capability, Human Development and Their Measurement

Friday, 22 June 2018, 9 am UK

Key-Note Address of the Cambridge Capability Conference

by Dr. Mozaffar Qizilbash, University of York

We invite you all to join us for a webinar where we will broadcast as a webinar the Key-Note address of the Cambridge Capability Conference which will take place this Friday, 22 June 2018 at 9:00am UK time.

Dr. Mozaffar Qizilbash, University of York, will address the conference on the topic 'On Capability, Human Development and Their Measurement'. It is a great opportunity to participate in the conference even from your computer.

Please use the link below to register.  Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the details for logging in to the webinar.

Register Below


Call for papers – The Challenges of Future to the Social Sciences

The Doctoral School of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Doctoral School of Political Science at the Faculty of Law, Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary) organize an international conference for doctoral students doing research in the field of social sciences.
We invite submissions of proposals for presentations addressing any themes within these disciplines. A special section on children and youth is organized by the Children and Youth Thematic Group of the Human Development and Capability Association. The organizers of the section welcome any proposals within this broad topic, for example in relation to poverty, inequality, wellbeing, development, access to main possibilities, employment, health care, or education.
Presentations should be 15 minutes long and delivered in English.

Who can apply?
PhD students and doctoral candidates studying at universities in Hungary or elsewhere are invited to apply, preferably with a presentation within their dissertation topic, however, other proposals might be accepted, as well.
Sections will be led and presentations will be reflected on by foreign and Hungarian experts of the particular research areas. Selected presentations will be published in conference volumes.

How to apply?
The extended deadline for abstract submissions is June 25, 2018. Please send the title and abstract (300 words) to, including a short biographical statement (100 words) of the presenter, institutional affiliation, and any technical assistance required. Applicants will receive a response regarding their submission by July 2, 2018.

The conference organizers will fund travel and accommodation costs for students studying at universities in the countryside, and for foreign students until the budget allows. There is no participation fee, and lunch and refreshments will be provided for participants.
For inquires you can email us at

Location: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Education TG webinar on: “Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice. The Capability Approach Re-examined” – implications for education

June 7th at 3:30 pm Central European Time, 2.30 pm UK time

This webinar will be in the format of a  participatory discussion panel and therefore, there will be no leading speaker(s). Our aim is to discuss Robeyns’ conceptualisation of the Capability Approach in her most recent book and to brainstorm how those ideas can be taken forward for educational research. We are looking forward to your contributions.

The book is available at:

Instructions to Join the Webinar
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 503-579-309 

Joining from a video-conferencing room or system? 
Cisco devices: 503579309@

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check:

The webinar is expected to last an hour. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended.  If you have never used gotomeeting, you will be prompted to download the launcher file, which may take a minute or two.

If you have any question, please let us know. We look forward to this webinar!

Kind Regards,

Frederique, Melis, Merridy and Sandra

HDCA Summer School 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 HDCA Summer School to be held in Buenos Aires ahead of the annual HDCA conference. For full details about the event and to book your place please visit the 2018 conference webpages and follow the link to 'HDCA summer school' in the menu on the right hand side of the page. The summer school is aimed at PhD candidates using a capability approach. For further enquiries please contact the HDCA Education Officer, Caroline Sarojini Hart at

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