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Book Launch: The Social Construction of Capabilities in a Tamil Village

Thursday, 22 April 2021, 12:00 pm London (GMT+1)

Join us for a discussion about this new book by L.N. Venkataraman, including a Q&A with Dr Rosie Peppin Vaughan. There will also be a chance for the audience to ask questions.

Is an equitable distribution of opportunities possible within a stratified social system in which caste-based socio-economic privileges are inherited and social mobility constrained? The Social Construction of Capabilities in a Tamil Village answers this question by analysing the intersections between caste, class and education, and argues that capabilities—that is, the competence or life skills one acquires through education—are socially constructed and not an inherent trait of the individual.

L. N. Venkataraman is a Faculty at the Department of Policy Studies in TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS). Before joining TERI SAS, he worked as an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Education in Universität Bielefeld, Germany; and, at the Centre for Development Support in the University of the Free State, South Africa. His academic works can be consulted in the Economic and Political Weekly, Development in Practice, and Indian Journal of Human Development among others.

Dr Rosie Peppin Vaughan conducts interdisciplinary research around the topics of gender, education, and global governance. Her most recent work has been on the post-2015 development agenda, and transnational advocacy on girls’ and women’s education. Her theoretical work includes using the capability approach and the concept of human development to think about gender, educational equality and social justice.

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The impact of Child Maltreatment on Children’s Human Capabilities in Aruba

In honor of World Social Work Day 2021, the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Department of Social Work & Development of the University of Aruba cordially invite you to attend this presentation

Tuesday, March 16 
7 pm - 9 pm (Aruba time)
Via zoom

Child maltreatment is a social and public health concern with far-reaching consequences for the child, family, society, and the economy. Given that the Human Capability Approach is a normative and evaluative framework to measure human development that captures the quality of life, wellbeing, human dignity, flourishing, human rights, and social justice, the research explored a conceptual basis for valorizing child maltreatment as a capability deprivation using Nussbaum's list of 10 central human capabilities. It adapted the Netherlands NPM 2010 Child Maltreatment survey as measurements. The webinar will present the national school survey findings amongst 895 children between 12-17 years in Aruba

Clementia Eugene is a lecturer at the UA. Clementia has a Clinical Social Work background and teaches in the Faculty of Arts and Science in the Department of Social Work and Development. She is a Ph.D. candidate focusing on a national research on "Child Maltreatment in Aruba: A Human Development Perspective.”

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Online Seminar Series – Child Poverty and Education: Philosophical Reflections

PESGB Large Grant Seminar Series

A series of six events running from February to June 2021 exploring the normative questions about child poverty and education, both theoretically and as emerging from policy and practice.


Lorella Terzi, University of Roehampton, London

Judith Suissa, UCL Institute of Education

Elaine Unterhalter, UCL Institute of Education

Participation is free but places are limited. Please register using the links below.


Full Programme

Child Poverty and Education: Philosophical Reflections

Thurs 11 February 2021
2.00 -5.00 pm (GMT)

Nicolás Brando (Queen’s University Belfast)
Lebo Moletsane (University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa)
Gemma Moss (UCL Institute of Education)
James Wilson (UCL Philosophy)

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 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Seminar 2
Child Poverty and Education: Insights from the Field

Thursday 4 March 2021
2.00-5.00 pm (GMT)

David Bradley (Child Poverty Action Group) 
Emily Echessa (Save the Children UK)
Yumiko Yokozechi (UNESCO)
Carole Catley (Deansbrook Infants School, Barnet, London)

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Seminar 3
Justice, Disadvantage, and Child Poverty and Education

Thurs 25 March 2021
2.00- 5.00 pm (GMT)

Adam Cooper (University of Witwatersrand)
Sridhar Venkatapuram (King’s College, London);
Lorella Terzi (University of Roehampton, London);
Tristan McCowan (UCL Institute of Education)

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Seminar 4
Questions of Status, Voice and Representation of Children in Poverty and their Education

Thurs 15 April 2021
2.00-5.00 pm (GMT)

Anca Ghaeus (University of Central Europe)
Jenny Parkes (UCL Institute of Education)
Rachel Rosen and Eve Dickson (UCL Institute of Education)
Elaine Chase (UCL Institute of Education)

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Seminar 5
Political and Policy Frameworks and Narratives about Child Poverty and Education

Thurs 13 May 2021
2.00 -5.00 pm (GMT)

Judith Suissa (UCL Institute of Education)
Arathi Sriprakash (University of Bristol)
Carl Emery (University of Manchester)
Elaine Unterhalter (UCL Institute of Education)

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Child Poverty and Education: philosophical reflections

Thurs 3 June 2021
2.00-5.00 pm (GMT)

Tania Burchardt (LSE)
Jonathan Wolff (Oxford University)
Ann Phoenix (UCL Institute of Education)

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WEBINAR: Facing Inequality: Multidimensional Poverty in the U.S

Date and time:

Friday, December 11, 2020 11:00 am
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Institute for International Economic Policy
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
There is no doubt that poverty and wellbeing are multidimensional concepts that go well beyond monetary values. The UN, the World Bank, and dozens of countries around the world have developed their own multidimensional measures of poverty and deprivation to reflect this reality, guide policy, and monitor progress. Could this transformative approach be relevant for the US, whose official monetary poverty measure was developed over 50 years ago? This webinar brings key researchers together to answer this question with the help of the latest research on multidimensional poverty in the US and Europe.

Brian Glassman will begin with a discussion of his new paper, "The Census Multidimensional Deprivation Index: Revised and Updated," which analyzes the Multidimensional Deprivation Index, released by the Census Bureau. Shatakshee Dhongde will discuss her new paper, "Decade-Long View of Multidimensional Poverty in the United States," which provides a comprehensive analysis of trends in multidimensional poverty in the United States. Sabina Alkire will present her new paper “Chronic Multidimensional Poverty in Europe,” which develops contrasting measures for advanced economies, and applies them to the case of Europe. We invite you to join us for this engaging and important discussion.

The Census Bureau released a report on Multidimensional Deprivation using the American Community Survey in the spring of 2019 for the years 2009 through 2017. The Multidimensional Deprivation Index (MDI) consisted of six dimensions: standard of living, health, education, economic security, housing quality, and neighborhood quality. The purpose of Dr. Glassman's paper is twofold: first, to improve the measurement and definition of the health, economic security, housing quality, and neighborhood quality dimensions in order to provide revised estimates for the years 2010 through 2017, and second, to add two new years of data, 2018 and 2019, to the MDI.

Dr. Dhongde's paper provides, for the first time, estimates of multidimensional poverty for more than a decade, from 2008 to 2019, which covers the Great Recession and the recovery following the recession when major policy changes such as the Affordable Care Act were implemented. We measure annual changes in poverty levels, across states and among demographic groups by age, gender, income, and race. Multidimensional poverty is estimated using data on individuals and their households from the American Community Survey, the largest household survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau. We find that about 13 percent of the United States population was multidimensionally poor. In the midst of the Great Recession, more than 15 percent of population was multidimensionally poor, but this proportion consistently declined during the recovery period and by 2019, only about 10 percent were multidimensionally poor. Multidimensional poverty was high among individuals with income just above the poverty line. The fact that only 5.5 percent of multidimensionally poor were also income poor underscores our intuition that income does not always capture deprivation experienced by individuals. Policies geared towards affordable housing, health insurance and higher education will help reduce multidimensional poverty in the United States.

About the speakers:

Shatakshee Dhongde is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics and Director for Graduate Teaching and Training at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also a research affiliate with the Institute of Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research focuses on analyzing economic growth, inequality, poverty, and multidimensional deprivation. She has been published in several economic journals, including the Journal of Income Distribution, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Social Science Research Network, and Brooks World Poverty Institute. Her research on measuring deprivation in the U.S. has been highlighted in national media, such as NPR, and she has provided research papers to several institutions, including the International Monetary Fund and the World Institute for Development Economics Research. In 2012, she was awarded the Nancy and Richard Ruggles Prize by the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, which is given for the best research paper by a young scholar under the age of 35. She has also received the Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy Award at Georgia Tech, was a fellow with the Society for Economic Measurement, and was a Provost Teaching and Learning Fellow at Georgia Tech. She received her M.A. from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics in India and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside.

Brian Glassman is an economist in the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. Since joining the Census Bureau in 2015, he has published numerous working papers for the Poverty Statistics Branch. Some of his featured work this year includes “The Multidimensional Deprivation Index Using Different Neighborhood Quality Definitions,” “An Analysis of the Gender Poverty Gap Using the American Community Survey,” and “The Supplemental Poverty Measure Using the American Community Survey.” Additionally, he has working papers awaiting review by the Journal of Urban Studies, the Review of Regional Studies, and the Eastern Economic Journal. His other associations include the American Economic Association, Western Economic Association, and Southern Economic Association. His fields of interest include urban economics, labor economics, poverty and income inequality, and applied econometrics. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, his M.P.P. in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary, his M.A. in Economics from Temple University, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Temple University. He was also an adjunct professor at Temple University from 2011-2015 and an adjunct professor at Widener University from 2012-2013, specifically teaching courses in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics at both institutions.

Marianne Bitler has a BS in Mathematics from Penn State and a PhD in economics from MIT. She is a professor in the UC Davis Department of Economic and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Bitler's research focuses on the effects of government safety net programs on disadvantaged groups, economic demography, health economics, public economics, and the economics of education, with a particular focus on food assistance programs. Before coming to UC Davis, she was a professor of economics at UC Irvine. She recently served as the chair of a National Academy of Sciences CNSTAT Panel on Improving Consumer Data for Food and Nutrition Policy Research for the Economic Research Service, USDA and she is a co-editor of the American Journal of Health Economics.

Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). She is the Associate Professor of Development Studies in the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, the capability approach, the measurement of freedoms and human development. From 2015–16, Sabina was Oliver T Carr Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics at George Washington University. Previously, she worked at the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University, the Human Security Commission, and the World Bank’s Poverty and Culture Learning and Research Initiative. She holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Sophie Mitra is professor of economics and founding director of the Research Consortium on Disability at Fordham University in New York City. She has studied the economic impact of disability and mental illness, the effects of social protection programs, multidimensional poverty, the association between disability and poverty, the definition of disability. Sophie Mitra has held visiting positions at Columbia University and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences). She received her doctorate in economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

This webinar will be moderated by IIEP Co-Director James Foster, Oliver T. Carr Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics, along with Sabina Alkire, Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. This event is co-sponsored by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and the Institute for International Economic Policy at GWU.


19th Annual Labor and Employment Law Roundtable (USA)

Each year, the Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER), with support from Cornell Law School, hosts a Labor and Employment Law Roundtable. This roundtable offers a forum for industry and academia to address current issues regarding labor and employment law.

This year’s event will be broken into four virtual sessions, culminating with a public roundtable on December 2. This discussion will look ahead to the expected labor policies of the incoming Biden administration and how the change of occupancy in the White House is likely to affect issues such as workplace safety, labor law reform, and workplace discrimination.

- What changes to expect with regard to workplace safety, hourly wages, contractors, and labor litigation
- The likely Biden agenda and how the new administration will seek to affect organizing
- Whether true legislative labor law reform will be possible or whether the Biden administration will need to rely on executive orders
- What the Biden administration can do regarding equal employment opportunity (EEO) issues

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Webinar: El Bienestar Sustentable

Una forma de hacer vida, una forma de hacer política.

Se transmitirá a través de la plataforma ZOOM, a las 11:00 am hora de Caracas, el próximo lunes 30 de noviembre 2020. La idea será presentar brevemente el enfoque y dejar un espacio abierto para el debate entre todos los interesados del tema.

El ID de reunión es: 823 1967 6600 y el Código de acceso es: 411918. Sin embargo, pueden unirse directamente a la reunión Zoom por:

Call for Papers: “Linking social innovation and empowerment: A public policy role?”

Please consider submitting a proposal for the panel "T12P03 - Linking social innovation and empowerment: A public policy role?", scheduled at the next IPPA Conference ICPP5 Barcelona, to be held 6th-8th July 2021. The panel wants to investigate the role of social innovation in fostering women's empowerment, with a specific focus on public policies able to enhance citizens’ collective and individual capabilities.

The panel is coordinated by Raquel Gallego-Calderón (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona) and Lara Maestripieri (Politecnico di Milano/Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona) and welcomes proposals assessing the capacity of social innovation to empower women and promote diversity, using an intersectional analytical framework.

The call for papers is open until 29 January 2021


Symposium on Constanze Binder’s ‘Agency, Freedom and Choice’

Thursday, 26 Nov 2020, 13:00 (Netherlands)
Presented via Zoom: Click here for more information

OZSW study group in Philosophy of Economics: Symposium on Constanze Binder’s ‘Agency, Freedom and Choice’


13:00 – 13:10 Introduction to ‘Agency, Freedom and Choice’ by Constanze Binder (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

13:10 – 13:50 ‘Freedom’s Agency Value: What It Is and Why It Matters’

Commentator: Annalisa Costella (Erasmus University Rotterdam)


 14:00 – 14:50 ‘Choice-Relevant Diversity Revealed’

Commentator:  Hendrik Rommeswinkel (National Taiwan University)


 15:20 – 16:10 ‘Plural Identities and Preference Formation’

Commentator: Akshath Jitendranath (VU Amsterdam)


 16:20 – 17:10 ‘Cultural Diversity and the Capability Approach’

Commentator: Morten Byskov (University of Warwick)

17:10 – 17:30 Concluding remarks on ‘Agency, Freedom and Choice’ by Nestor Lovera Nieto (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Laboratoire REGARDs)


Attendance is free, all are welcome.

An extended abstract of the book can be found hereOpens external. For further questions about the event and information on how to access the book, please contact

Please visit external for additional information about the activities of the study group and on how to become a member.

Organised by:

Annalisa Costella (EUR) and Måns Abrahamson (EUR), as part of the OZSW study group in Philosophy of Economics together with Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE)

UNDP: Future of Development public conversation with Amartya Sen

12 November 2020
Time: 12pm - 1pm EST
UNDP invites you to the first Future of Development public conversation between Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, and Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator.
As the seminal contributor to the first Human Development Report and the person who introduced the concept of human development as freedom, Amartya Sen's participation in this inaugural event is symbolic as we mark the 30th Anniversary of the first Human Development report.
Participants will have an opportunity to virtually engage in the conversation. Register here:
For more information about the series of conversations, please visit
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