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Human Development &
Capability Association

Agency, Well-Being and Justice

Conference- Absolute Poverty in Europe


Absolute Poverty in Europe Salzburg, August 27 & 28, 2015

Keynote Speakers: David Hulme (Manchester) Robert Walker (Oxford)

We invite papers that contribute to an elaborated understanding of severe, extreme or absolute poverty in Europe. Papers should address the specific situations and challenges of groups endangered by absolute poverty such as undocumented refugees, migrant beggars, homeless people, street children or discuss evils related to severe poverty (malnutrition, physical and mental illness, stigma, isolation, etc.). We encourage papers from scholars with backgrounds in the humanities or the social sciences, as well as from practitioners.

Furthermore, we particularly welcome papers approaching the normative and political implications of absolute poverty in Europe and its alleviation.  There also will be a special stream on the practice of poverty alleviation in Europe together with the European Office of Red Cross International.

Please send your proposal (250 words) as a word file to until February 28, 2015. We are also happy to receive proposals for thematic panels, consisting of three papers.

The conference fee is 150 Euros (75 Euros for students) and covers the conference folder, coffee breaks, two lunches, the reception, the conference dinner and a guided city tour.

This conference is an activity of the Austrian chapter of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP).  Find more information on the project homepage:

About the Keynote Speakers:

David Hulme is Professor and at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester. He is also Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute, and CEO of both the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre and the Brazil in Africa Research Programme. Previously, he was Head of Institute of Development Policy and Management (IDPM) (2010-2013) and Associate Director Chronic Poverty Research Centre (2005-2010), where he founded The Global Poverty Research Group. David recently published the book "Global Poverty: How Global Governance is Failing the Poor" (Routledge 2010).

Robert Walker is Professor for Social Policy and currently Deputy Head of Department of Social Policy at Oxford University. He is a Research Affiliate of the National Poverty Centre, University of Michigan and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was a Member of the statutory UK Social Security Advisory Committee for 10 years until 2012 and chaired the Academic Advisory Committee during the design and launch of the ESRC UK Household Longitudinal Study. He is currently a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the evaluation of Universal Credit. In 2014 he published the book "The Shame of Poverty: global perspectives" (Oxford University Pres).


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