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Capability Association

Agency, Well-Being and Justice

Monthly Archives: January 2019



University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 2 July - 4 July 2019

Submission deadline: 12 February 2019

Jorge C. Llopis, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Mittelstrasse 43, 3012 Bern, Switzerland, and Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Hallerstrasse 12, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
Carla Gomes,Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Av. Professor Aníbal de Bettencourt 9, 1600-189 Lisboa, Portugal
Flurina Schneider, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Mittelstrasse 43, 3012 Bern, Switzerland

Beginning with the seminal work of Amartya Sen throughout the 1980s (Sen 1979; 1992), with further conceptualisation by Martha Nussbaum (Nussbaum 2000) and many others (Robeyns 2005; Holland 2014), the Capabilities Approach (CA) has been evolving considerably and extending its scope as a conceptual framework for social research. In the last decade, the Environmental Justice (EJ) community has been increasingly suggesting the resort to capabilities as a focus for activist struggles and research endeavours (Schlosberg 2007; Ballet et al. 2013; Holland 2014; Martin 2017; Day 2017). Furthermore, the original focus of capabilities on human well-being has been recently theorised in its relation to EJ (Edwards et al. 2016).

Criticism on the arguably individualistic stance of the original CA has triggered the development of another literature strand - Community Capabilities - either as the sort of collective capabilities needed to support and further enhance individuals’ capabilities (Evans 2002), or as a different scale of capabilities in itself (Schlosberg and Carruthers 2010). In addition, Nussbaum and others have been discussing ways of considering the capabilities of non-humans (Nussbaum 2011; Schlosberg 2013), or that of future generations through the lens of inter-generational justice (Page 2007).

Addressing current environmental challenges, such as loss of biodiversity and climate change, will require a profound societal transformation towards sustainability. In doing so, it is critical to prevent further deprivation of human capabilities, and analyse possible ways of enhancing them. The CA can thus offer new perspectives on contemporary EJ struggles, such as those around nature conservation (Martin 2017), energy poverty and justice (Day et al. 2016; Bartiaux et al. 2018), or climate change and adaptation (Schlosberg 2012; Holland 2017). However, while these recent developments point to the relevance of the CA for exploring EJ issues, the potential for empirical application of the capabilities concept, either on individuals, communities or beyond, has remained underexplored to this date.

With the aim of bridging this gap, this session will especially welcome empirical work drawing on the CA to analyse EJ problematics and struggles. We seek to gather examples of empirical research undertaken across different geographies, disciplines and methodologies. Nonetheless, we are also keen to explore contributions that further elaborate on the significance of the CA for EJ pursuits at a conceptual level.

Submission: If you are interested in contributing a paper to this session, please send your abstract (300 words) to Jorge Llopis ( and Carla Gomes ( by 12 February 2019.


Call for Papers: Workshop on Gender and Poverty

Date: 27 & 28 June 2019
Venue: University of Salzburg
Extended submission deadline: 20 January 2019

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR) of the University of
Salzburg is happy to announce the call for papers for its 2019
Salzburg Workshop in Philosophy and Poverty. The workshop will be held
at the University of Salzburg on 27 & 28 June 2019 and focus on the
topic of "Gender and Poverty".

There is no conference fee. Coffee breaks and two lunches will be
covered by the CEPR. Due to additional external funding the CEPR can
now offer to pay for two nights of accommodation in Salzburg.
Unfortunately we cannot offer any subsidy for travel costs.

The invited speaker for this workshop is Serene J. Khader (Brooklyn
College & CUNY Graduate Center).

We invite scholars at all career stages to submit papers related to
the workshop topic of "Gender and Poverty". Possible topics for papers
are, among others, the "feminization" of (global) poverty; gender
roles, norms and practices and how they relate to poverty; the
intersection of disadvantages based, among others, on race, gender,
sex, health, age, and disability; the nexus of education, gender and
poverty; the relation of (sexual) violence and poverty; patriarchy and
poverty; sexuality, procreation and poverty; anti-poverty policies and
gender; the blaming and shaming of poor mothers as "bad" mothers; the
"black box" of the household in poverty concepts and research;
gender-sensitive poverty research and measurement; gender and the
socio-spatiality of poverty (e.g. rural, urban).

The workshop will run over two days and each speaker will be given a
slot of 75 minutes (about 25 minutes for presentation and 50 minutes
for discussion). Draft papers are shared in advance and speakers can
focus on the key points of their papers in the oral presentation.

Selected papers will be published a volume on the workshop topic in
the Springer Book Series Philosophy and Poverty.

If you are interested in participating please submit an extended
abstract of 750 words ready for blind review viathe  submission form
on the workshop website
( Deadline for
submissions is January 20, and decisions will be communicated
within four weeks. It is expected that draft versions of the papers
are shared two weeks before the workshop.


EUROMOD training course, 20-22 March 2019

The next training course providing a hands-on introduction to the use of EUROMOD will be held in ISER, Essex University on 20-22 March 2019. The closing date for applications is 13 January 2019.

The aim of the course is to provide academics, policy practitioners and other interested users with an introduction to the concepts, structure and functioning of EUROMOD. EUROMOD is a state-of-the art tax-benefit microsimulation model linking micro-data from household surveys and policy legislation in a single user interface. It allows for complex policy impact analysis, such as evaluations of policy reforms in terms of poverty, inequality, work incentives and government budgets, assessments of EU-wide policies or estimation of the impact of changing population characteristics on the redistributive effect of existing policies. EUROMOD covers all 28 EU Member States.

The course will cover the basics of tax-benefit microsimulation, the logic and structure behind EUROMOD, working with EUROMOD’s user interface, input data, EUROMOD’s modelling ‘language’ and using documentation. The course combines lectures with live demonstrations of the model. Participants also have the opportunity to carry out a number of hands-on exercises to test and refine their understanding of the model.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please complete this application form:

The closing date for applications is 13 January 2019. All candidates will be informed whether their applications have been accepted by 24 January 2019.

Start and finish date :
20 Mar 2019 - 9:30am to 22 Mar 2019 - 5:30pm
Venue: ISER, Essex University

Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, Colchester, Essex, UK, CO4 3SQ,, Telephone: +44 (0)1206 872957.

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