2019 HDCA Conference – London, UK

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“Connecting Capabilities”

9-11 September, 2019

London, UK

Hosted by University College London


in partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Birkbeck, the University of East London (UEL) and the London International Development Centre (LIDC)

The 2019 HDCA Program Committee cordially invites scholars, government policy makers, practitioners and other interested parties from all over the world to participate in the 2019 HDCA conference.  Original empirical research, theoretical issues, case-studies or reports of experiences, or findings from major research projects, and book panels relevant to conference theme or more broadly related to human development/capabilities approach will be presented.

Please use the conference menu on the right to find more information. The conference organizers can be contacted at hdca2019@ucl.ac.uk

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Conference registration and payment will open up to 5 months in advance of the conference and registration will not be complete until payment has been received. Once payment has been processed, you will receive an email with confirmation.  Registration will close once all available spots have been filled. All registrations are final. No refunds will be issued, unless there are extenuating circumstances (e.g. serious illness or death of close relative). Requests for refunds must be received prior to the start of the conference. There are no refunds for payments of membership dues.


Conference Theme

“Connecting Capabilities”

The theme for the HDCA 2019 conference in London (9-11 September 2019) is Connecting Capabilities.  We have chosen this theme because we think connection is an important capability that needs further consideration.

March 2019 is the date currently scheduled for Brexit. In some ways this is a national political difficulty and time of uncertainty for the UK. But in other ways Brexit reflects themes that resonate internationally – not least the impact of globalisation and the emergence of greater xenophobia and more authoritarian forms of democracy in many parts of the world. The theme of connecting capabilities gives us an opportunity to think against this grain, using ideas and networks on human development and putting the capability approach to work in new ways.

Host Information/Committees

Programme Committee

  • Co-ordinators:  Elaine Unterhalter, Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), University College London and Ingrid Robeyns, University of Utrecht
  • Alex Apsan Frediani, Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
  • Mario Biggeri, University of Florence
  • Tania Burchardt, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics
  • Caroline Hart, University of Sheffield
  • Ann Mitchell, Catholic University of Argentina (UCA)
  • Rosie Peppin Vaughan, Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), University College London
  • Meera Tiwari, University of East London
  • Sridhar Venkatapuram, King’s College London

Local Organising Committee

  • Chair: Elaine Unterhalter, Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), University College London
  • Paul Anand, Open University
  • Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
  • Jasmine Gideon, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Jonathan Gross, King’s College London
  • William Nicholas, Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), University College London
  • Meera Tiwari, University of East London
  • Elisa Van Waeyenberge, School of Oriental and Africa Studies (SOAS), University of London

Call for Papers/Deadlines


There are no specific guidelines or requirements for papers that will be presented at the conference. We do encourage presenters to consider submitting their papers after the conference to the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. Author guidelines and instructions for submitting to the journal can be found here: https://hd-ca.org/publication-and-resources/journal-of-human-development-and-capabilities/624-2

Important deadlines

February 25, 2019 – Submission of proposals and scholarship applications

April 15, 2019 – Announcement of acceptance/rejection

April 30, 2019 – Deadline for scholarship applications

June 30, 2019 – Extended deadline for conference registration at early-bird rates

July 15, 2019 – Submission* of full papers for entrants to the UCL Grand Challenges and Kuklys prizes.

August 15, 2019 – Submission* of all other full papers/posters.

August 22, 2019 – Final deadline for conference registration at standard rates

*Full papers should be submitted through the ‘Final Upload’ tab in presenter’s Conf Tool profile.



Extended submissions deadline – February 25, 2019 

How to Submit Your Proposal

Please submit your proposal for the conference, via the submission site by February 25, 2019 (https://www.conftool.org/hdca2019) using the appropriate form. The submission portal will open on December 10th 2018. If you encounter problems with the online submissions system, please email the conference organisers at: hdca2019@ucl.ac.uk

In order to ensure academic quality, all submissions will be reviewed by two reviewers, at least one of whom is an HDCA Fellow or a senior researcher in the field.


Keynote Speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Martha C. Nussbaum – Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago.
    Keynote title: ‘’Reconciliation after Conflict: Britten’s WAR REQUIEM and the Body’
  • Dr Vandana Shiva (Sen Lecture) – Scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate and author
  • Professor Leif Wenar (Nussbaum Lecture) – Chair of Philosophy & Law at King’s College London
  • Dr. Rupert Read (Mahbub Ul Haq Lecture) – Extinction Rebellion
  • Panel with activists and practitioners reflecting on using the capability approach including Dr Gautam Bhan, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and Johannes Krassnitzer, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Conference Programme

Registration will open at 8am on September 9th 2019 at the UCL Institute of Education. The 2019 HDCA Conference will close at 6pm on September 11th 2019. Please see below for the summary programme. The full programme can be downloaded here.

Monday, 9 September

8:00 am – 9:00 am        Registration / Welcome coffee, UCL Institute of Education

9:00 am – 9:30  am        Opening Ceremony and Welcome, Logan Hall, UCL Institute of Education

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Plenary session I: Sen Lecture
“Oneness VS  the 1%: Creating equality  in times of  inequality, creating solidarity  in times of polarization”
Vandana Shiva
Logan Hall

10:45 am – 12:15 pm    Parallel Sessions, UCL Institute of Education and SOAS

12:15 pm  – 1:15 pm      Lunch

1:00  pm – 2:00  pm      Thematic Group meetings, Institute of Education

2:00 pm – 3:30  pm      Parallel Sessions, UCL Institute of Education and SOAS

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm        Tea and coffee break

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm        Parallel Sessions, UCL Institute of Education and SOAS

5:45 pm  – 7:15 pm

Plenary session II

“Reconciliation after Conflict: Britten’s War Requiem and the Body”
Martha Nussbaum
Logan Hall

Tuesday, 10 September

8:00 am – 9:00 am        Meet the Editors – How to write and publish papers for academic journals, Elvin Hall, UCL

9:00 am – 9:30 am        Regional Network meetings

9:40 am – 10:50 am

Plenary session III: Mahbub Ul Haq Lecture
Dr. Rupert Read, Extinction Rebellion
Logan Hall

11:00 am – 12:30 pm    Parallel Sessions, UCL Institute of Education and SOAS

12:30 pm  – 1:30 pm       Lunch

1:30  pm – 2:30  pm     Thematic Group meetings, Institute of Education

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm       Parallel Sessions, UCL Institute of Education and SOAS

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm       Tea and coffee break

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Plenary session IV: Plenary Panel
“Collective Action and Capabilities”
Panelists: Johannes Krasnitzer, UNDP; Patrizio Bianchi; Gautam Bham; Tanya Charles
Logan Hall, Brunei Gallery

5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

Plenary session V: Nussbaum Lecture
“The Development of Unity”
Leif Wenar
Logan Hall

7:30 pm – Late       Conference Dinner,  King’s Place

Wednesday, 11 September

8:00 am – 8:45 am      Thematic Group Coordinators meeting

9:00 am – 10:30 am    Parallel Sessions, UCL Institute of Education and SOAS

10:30 am – 10:45 am      Tea and coffee break

10:45 am – 11:45 am     Poster presentations, Elvin Hall, UCL Institute of Education

11:45 am – 12:30 pm     Graduate Student Network meeting

12:30 pm– 1:15 pm         Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm        HDCA members meeting, Logan Hall

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm .      Parallel Sessions, UCL Institute of Education and SOAS

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm        Tea and coffee break

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Plenary session VI: Amartya Sen in Conversation with Elaine Unterhalter
Film and panel discussion
Discussion chaired by Ingrid Robeyns
Logan Hall

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm       Closing ceremony, Logan Hall


Pre-conference Events

A programme of events to introduce participants to a range of social and arts initiatives in London concerned with human development will take place over the three days prior to the conference. HDCA Thematic groups will also organise meetings during the preconference programme. Events for the pre-sessional programme can be submitted to the conference organizers via one of the HDCA Thematic group coordinators (see https://hd-ca.org/thematic-groups) .


Pre-Conference Event – ‘Development Practice: Connecting Capabilities’


On Friday 6th and Saturday 7th September we will hold the 2019 HDCA Pre Conference Event, Development Practice: Connecting Capabilities. These sessions offer the opportunity for conference delegates to engage with grassroots organisations working on a range of issues, including child poverty, FGM, period poverty, foodbanks, forced migration and homelessness. These are problems experienced by at least 10 percent of people in London, but in East London in particular. We have worked with some of these organisations in the last eight months to create a network of development practitioners. The culmination of this process will be the sharing of practice and collective learning, in relation to the Capability Approach, for this event. The participants will share experience and practice through testimonials and narratives: capturing challenges, how to address multiple deprivations, and pathways to change.

Also taking part will be a range of UK-based arts and cultural organisations – each of which is committed to a social mission, and seeking new ways to build coalitions beyond the traditional boundaries of the arts. Part of the aim of these Pre-Conference events will be, precisely, to connect the capabilities of organisations and communities of different kinds. Speaking to the 2019 conference theme, ‘Connecting Capabilities’, these sessions will explore possibilities for new connections, and support the development of collective capabilities in the cause of progressive change. 

Further Information

Based on two preparatory meetings, an emerging network of development practitioners doing work in the UK and internationally have discussed their interests in engaging with a series of collective learning activities. The scope and objectives of the activities are as follows.

Friday, September 6th 2019: Event 1 – Network Workshop

Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
 Room 101, UCL Development Planning Unit (DPU), 34 Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9EZ

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hdca-2019-pre-conference-event-1-development-practice-connecting-capabilities-network-workshop-tickets-66346449015?aff=ebapi

This is a workshop between members of the emerging UK network, to share experiences and insights from their work, and to prepare for the larger meeting on Saturday 7th 2019. In this session we will reflect upon and discuss the following questions:

  1. How do development programmes identify valuable capabilities?
    1. What kind of categories of capabilities are important to people?
    2. How do the lessons from your development initiatives relate to discussions around basic lists of capabilities, and processes of public deliberation to identify/prioritise/ground capabilities?
  2. How do development initiatives enable empowering processes that support people to realise their capabilities over time?
    1. How do development initiatives trigger self-reflection and critical awareness among marginalised groups in ways that expands their capabilities?
  3. How do development initiatives recognise the relationships between individuals and the communities / groups that shape their capabilities?
    1. Do communities / groups provide enabling conditions for individuals to realise aspirations?

Registration: This event is open to all (including those not attending the HDCA conference), however advance registration is required. If you have any questions, please contact hdca2019@ucl.ac.uk or Dr Alexandre Apsan Frediani a.frediani@ucl.ac.uk

Saturday, September 7th 2019 – Pre-conference event: ‘Development Practice: Connecting Capabilities’
Venue: University of East London (UEL)
Register herehttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hdca-2019-pre-conference-event-development-practice-connecting-capabilities-tickets-65186554740
9.30am – 10.00am: Coffee and welcome
Session 1: Experiences
10.00 am – 12.00 pm

This session seeks to open a space for people experiencing – and responding to – processes driving the deprivation of capabilities in London. The session will involve a series of testimonials, providing narratives responding to the following questions:

  • What does positive change mean to you, your community or organisation?
  • How is change being pursued?
  • What are the main challenges faced in achieving change?

Session 2: Practices
1.00pm – 3.00pm

During this session, the key findings from the discussion of the previous day in relation to the learning questions will be shared with participants of this larger event. This will be followed up by a world-café type of event, where all attendees will be able to share their own experiences related to the three learning questions discussed during the smaller Friday event.

Session 3: Coalitions
3.30 pm – 5.30 pm

This final session will be run as an Open Space event – in which participants will be invited to identify key issues that they are keen to discuss further, and to lead these discussions themselves in a series of groups. Framing the session, however, will be a particular focus on connecting capabilities. How can we work together in the future? How can we build coalitions, support each other, and connect our capabilities in the cause of progressive change?

Registration: This Pre-conference event is open to all, including those not attending the 2019 HDCA conference. Please register in advance of the event. If you have any questions, please contact hdca2019@ucl.ac.uk

Graduate Students Network Meeting and Social

Date: Saturday, 7th September 2019
Time: 5:30 PM until we are done 🙂
Venue: Room 822, UCL Institute of Education See: www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/about-ioe/our-london-location and Bloomsbury Lanes http://bloomsburybowling.com 
Registration: Please register in advance at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXnZV4mMi6GgE5DjYyWC7sY4vP1LPWo-sGpS6-O1Z_c02wuQ/viewform

Event summary
Get to know other graduate students / early career researchers who are using the Capability Approach in their research. Starting with a short introduction where everyone will get to know each other, we will then have some light ice breaking games to get folks to mingle around. Venue: IoE. Room is to be confirmed. After the introduction activities we will have dinner together (at own cost) next door at Bloomsbury lanes. After dinner we can either do karaoke, bowling or both! (again, at own cost). Of course there is always an option to go back to your accommodation and have a little bit of rest, or to sit and watch. Whatever your decision is, we hope you will enjoy this opportunity to build your network and connections among our members before the conference.

We look forward to seeing you all at the HDCA GSN 2019 pre-conference Social Event! Dorothy, Gareth, Jackie and Ian – HDCA Graduate Student Network Coordinators


HDCA Pre-conference event: Black History Walk – Brixton (Two Times)

Black History Walks offers guided tours, “to include the African history of London”. This two-hour tour will explore Brixton – an area often compared to New York’s Harlem, as the heart of the Black community. Like Harlem, Brixton is being heavily gentrified – but the African/Caribbean history is still evident if you have local knowledge. Your guide will take you through the main and back streets of the area and reveal:

–          Black pioneers of the 1940’s
–          Segregation British style: No Blacks, no dogs, no Irish
–          Black economic independence: how to buy a house when the banks                  won’t lend to you
–          British ‘Stop and Search’ compared to U.S ‘Stop and Frisk’
–          Brixton Black Panthers
–          Black British civil rights: who, what and where?
–          Resistance or riots? Media and the black community
–          World War 2: migration and rebuilding.

This pre-conference event is free of charge – but registration is essential. Once you have registered, you will be sent details pertaining to the meeting point in Brixton.

See further information about Black History Walks here. If you have any questions in advance of the walk, please contact hdca2019@ucl.ac.uk

HDCA Pre-conference event: East London Walk 

Our tour of East London will take us to areas inhabited by ‘vicious, semi criminals’ and the ‘well-to-do’, according to Charles Booth’s poverty maps. We will see houses now owned by contemporary conceptual artists originally built by wealthy Huguenot silk weavers seeking refuge from religious intolerance in France. Our walk will take in the sites of anti-racism rallies and early Victorian philanthropy and a church which became a synagogue then mosque.

HDCA Pre-conference event: Covent Garden Walk with Unseen Tours

Date: Sept. 8, 2019
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Meeting point: Temple Tube Station, Temple Place WC2R 2PH, 2pm
Cost: free of charge – but registration is essential.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hdca-pre-conference-event-covent-garden-walk-with-unseen-tours-tickets-68124824183 Use password: HDCA2019 to book your ticket.

Unseen Tours is a Social Enterprise working with homeless, ex-homeless and vulnerably housed Londoners which organises a range of walking tours in London. In this walking tour, you can explore the Covent Garden area with our guide Viv. Learn about the surprising history of Waterloo Bridge’s reconstruction during the Second World War and the connections of the area to pioneer scientist Michael Faraday. Discover Caspar, the Savoy Hotel’s mysterious cat guest, ghosts in the theatre district, the secrets of the Knights Templar and the location of London’s last remaining subterranean Roman bath. Hear about Viv’s personal connection to the building that houses the London Transport Museum and her experiences of homelessness in Covent Garden.

  • Learn about Viv’s long and personal connection to Covent Garden
  • Discover the ghostly history of the area
  • Explore the hidden streets and alleys not seen by most tourists!
  • The oldest restaurant in London
  • The house that Dickens lived and worked in
  • Learn about the trial of Oscar Wilde

This walking tour is conducted by Viv Askeland. See further information about Unseen Tours and the Covent Garden Walk here.

Contact: If you have any questions in advance of the walk, please contact hdca2019@ucl.ac.uk

HDCA Pre-conference event: Queer Tours of London – Bloomsbury

  • Date: Sept. 8, 2019
  • Time: 2:30 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Meeting point:  The tour will begin outside the YMCA on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Great Russell Street. 112 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NQ. (This is the world’s first YMCA!). The tour will conclude at Gay’s the Word bookshop, on Marchmont Street, not far from the conference venue.
  • Cost: free of charge – but registration is essential.
  • Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hdca-2019-pre-conference-event-queer-tours-of-london-bloomsbury-tickets-64680227301 Use password: HDCA2019 to book your ticket.

Queer Tours of London (QTL) was set up to “commemorate, celebrate and agitate” for the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK in 1967. The organisation seeks to “shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative and life-affirming interactive tours. We tell the stories of London’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQI lives today.” QTL runs tours in many parts of the city, including Bloomsbury – the famous neighbourhood in which writers and thinkers such as Virginia Woolf and John Maynard Keynes lived and worked, and where the 2019 HDCA conference is based. This two-hour walking tour will be led by one of QTL’s guides, and participants will have the chance to learn about the queer history of the area, from gay socialists forming community spaces in the early part of the 20thCentury, to the campaigning work of Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners during the 1980s – as featured in the feature film Pride.

Workshop on Louis-Joseph Lebret and development ethics

Date: Sept. 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Room 828, UCL Institute of Education (IOE), 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL
Registration/Cost: The event is free. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-on-louis-joseph-lebret-and-development-ethics-tickets-64921731647
(Registration for the full conference is not required for participation.)

9:00 – 9:15 Introduction/Introductions – Des Gasper (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Lori Keleher (New Mexico State University)

9:15 – 10:30

  • Des Gasper – The Trajectory of L-J. Lebret: Questions Arising for Development Ethics
  • Lori Keleher – Toward an Integral Human Development Ethics
  • Montserrat Culebro (PhD, Universidad de Salamanca) – Denis Goulet’s development ethics in the XXI Century

10:30 – 10:50 Break

10:50 – 12:00 Panel 2

  • Alex Apsan Frediani (University College London) – Lebret, SEGMACS and Urban Development in Brazil
  • Jérôme  Ballet (Université de Bordeaux) – A Page of Development Ethics: From Louis-Joseph Lebret to the Abidjan School and Beyond
  • Rebecca Gutwald (Munich School of Philosophy) – Basic Human Needs in the philosophy of Louis-Joseph Lebret

12:00 – 12:30 General Discussion

Louis-Joseph Lebret (1897-1966) was a French Dominican priest, economist, development planner and philosopher. He founded the movement Economie et Humanisme in 1941. From the late 1940s it extended attention to Latin America, and later to Africa and Asia. He founded institutes/organizations and published numerous book. Lebret significantly influenced Denis Goulet, the American philosopher-social planner, and the progressive social doctrines of the Catholic Church, including in Gaudium et spes and Populorum Progressio. Lebret seems too little known in English-language development ethics.

This workshop aims to (1) start to better map Lebret’s work for Anglophone audiences, (2) look at impacts and parallels in Anglophone development ethics, Catholic social thought, and work on ‘integral human development,’ (3) to lay the ground for future discussions and a journal special issue.

Development Ethics Knowledge Exchange: Practitioners – Students – Researchers


1:30-2:00 Jay Drydyk (Carleton University) and Lori Keleher (New Mexico State University): Interrogating development with The Routledge Handbook of Development Ethics
2:00-2:30 Educator session: A case study project at MPhil level, Shashi Motilal (Delhi University)
2:30-3:30 ‘Lightning’ presentations (+/- 5 minutes each)
3:30 – 4:00 Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:00 Anna Malavisi (Western Connecticut State University): The Toolbox Dialogue Initiative: Theoretical discussions among and with practitioners
5:00 – close
Closing discussion: next steps for collective action (led by Eric Palmer)

The program begins with an introduction by Jay Drydyk and Lori Keleher the editors of the Routledge Handbook of Development Ethics (2019) outlining some critical questions about development that are raised and supported by the Handbook with the goal of knitting together the discussion of development practitioners, educators and students, and academic authors.

Two invited presentations showcase activities developed for engaging students and practitioners in similar discussions. First, Shashi Motilal presents a case study project used in an MPhil class at Delhi University. Later, Anna Malavisi, presents the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative (TDI), a research project that facilitates communication and collaboration in cross-disciplinary research and practice. These presentations are supplemented with brief ‘lightning talks’, during which practitioners and educators present similar activities that they have developed, led, or participated in.

The closing discussion session will provide a brainstorming opportunity collective projects and a space for developing liaison among scholars, educators and practitioners. Session organizers intend that participants will carry their conversations into the main event of the HDCA, building alliances and settling plans by the end of those meetings.


Registration, fees & scholarships, visa information


On-line conference registration will open in April 2019. Students and scholars from low- and mid-income countries and will pay a significantly reduced registration fee, and some concession rates will are available for participants from high-income countries.

Registration rates are as follow:

Resident in a high-income country

  • Professional, high-income country, early ($390)
  • Professional, high-income country, standard ($440)
  • Concessions (NGO/CSO worker or similar; unwaged) high income country, early ($195)
  • Concessions (NGO/CSO worker or similar; unwaged) high income country, standard ($245)
  • Student, high-income country, early ($195)
  • Student, high-income country, standard ($245)

Resident in a middle or low-income country

  • Professional, low- or mid-income country, early ($195)
  • Professional, low- or mid-income country, standard ($245)
  • Concessions (NGO/CSO worker or similar; unwaged) low or middle income country early ($90)
  • Concessions (NGO/CSO worker or similar; unwaged) low or middle income country standard ($130)
  • Student, low- or mid-income country, early ($90)
  • Student, low- or mid-income country, standard ($130)

Organisational registration*

  • Organisational registration early ($440)
  • Organisational registration, standard ($550)

*This registration rate is available to CSOs, NGOs, or companies, but not to universities. An organisational registration allows an organisation to identify up to 3 staff members, who could each attend for one day each. Organisational registration for the conference does not give organisations institutional membership of HDCA.

Please note that the registration fee for individuals (but not organisations) provides a year’s membership in the HDCA, which includes a year’s subscription to the Journal of Human Development & Capabilities.


The HDCA has a limited number of scholarships to attend the annual conference which wilbe awarded based on merit and need to:
a) early career scholars presenting sole authored papers at the HDCA London 2019 conference
b) scholars residing in low and mid-income countries presenting papers at the HDCA London 2019  conference (for jointly authored papers to qualify for scholarship funds both authors must reside in a low or middle income country).
Scholarships have an upper limit of $1,000 and average $500.

If you wish to apply for one of these scholarships please download and complete the scholarship application form after you have received the referees’ review of your abstract in mid March. All scholarship applications must be received by the Chair of the Scholarships Committee by 30 April 2019.

In addition, early career researchers (ECRs) employed by an Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) member institution outside the UK (https://www.acu.ac.uk/membership/acu-members/) can apply for an ACU Early Career Academic Grant to attend. These grants provide funding of up to £2000 for ECRs to participate in overseas conferences. Applications will open in February 2019. See details here: https://www.acu.ac.uk/scholarships/early-career-academic-grants/. Proof of submission of an abstract to the HDCA will be sufficient for consideration for the award.

Kuklys Prize and UCL Grand Challenges Prize - eligibility and application

Kuklys Prize for best paper from a graduate student

At the conference, the HDCA will award the annual Wiebke Kuklys Prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student. All graduate students who have not been awarded their degree before 1st of September 2019 and are presenting a paper at the 2019 HDCA conference under their sole authorship are eligible to be considered for this prize. If you wish your paper to be considered for the prize, this must be indicated on the submission form. Please note: if you are competing for this prize, the full paper must be submitted by 15th of July 2019. The winner of the 2019 Wiebke Kuklys Prize will be awarded a cash amount with the aim of contributing to the student’s graduate work, by allowing her/him to buy equipment or books, or to attend a conference. The name of the winner will be announced at the closing plenary session of the conference, which the author must attend.

UCL Grand Challenges Prize

University College London (UCL) will award two prizes of £500 each for presentations at the conference that demonstrate meaningful engagement between academics and practitioners in using the capability approach and reflecting on the conference theme of Connecting Capabilities. Submissions for the UCL Grand Challenges prizes must be received by 15th July 2019 :The format of  a submission for the prize will comprise no more than 500 words giving

  1. Title of presentation at HDCA 2019 and names of presenter(s), clearly identifying academic(s) and practitioner(s) involved:
  2. An overview of how the project to be presented at the conference has identified and worked on a contemporary global challenge drawing on the capability approach, exploring the theme of connection.
  • A description of range of activities undertaken
  1. A description of how the £500 , if awarded, would be spent, the expected outcomes from this and what future activities are envisaged

Please indicate when submitting an abstract for the conference that you wish to apply for one of these prizes.

Venue and Accommodations


The 2019 HDCA Conference will take place at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). Parallel sessions will take place at the IOE and SOAS.

The address of the venue is as follows:

UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL. Please see the digital map here.

Visitor accessibility

For details regarding disabled access at the IOE, please see this link https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/contact-ioe/visitor-accessibility

Accessible public transport and parking 

Public transport

Nearby stations with step-free access include Euston Square, King’s Cross St Pancras, and Tottenham Court Road.

Nearby bus stops include Russell Square, Tavistock Square, and Goodge Street Station.

Street parking 

Street parking is managed by Camden Council, one of the four central London boroughs in which the “blue badge scheme” does not apply fully. Unless your blue badge was issued by Camden Council, you are restricted to using designated “blue badge parking bays”.

There is a blue badge parking bay, which can accommodate three cars, outside 20 Bedford Way.

Access to the building

There are two accessible entrances to our main building on 20 Bedford Way; one on the east side and the other on the west side.

East side – via Bedford Way

  • If you approach from street level at 20 Bedford Way, you can enter the building via a lift to the main reception area.
  • The accessible entrance is to your right, when facing the flight of stairs to the main revolving door.
  • Please use the intercom to call a member of staff at reception. They will help you operate the lift and get into the building safely.
  • A non-accessible entrance to your left, when facing the flight of stairs to the main door, is open from 7am-7pm. If you enter through these doors, watch out for the steps directly inside. There are six steps in total.

Google Street View of main entrance and accessible entrance

West side – via Woburn Square

  • If you approach from the pedestrian walkway between Woburn Square and Russell Square, you can enter the building via a step-free entry to our main reception area.
  • When approaching from the walkway you will see our building on the left (opposite the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) building).
  • The accessible entrance, which opens with a push button, is across the concourse, to the right of the revolving door.

Google Street View of pedestrian walkway and entrance

Exiting the building in an emergency

All areas of levels four to nine of the building are accessible and feature horizontal means of escape and adapted facilities.

In the case of an emergency, levels one and three can be exited via the fire evacuation lifts in Core A. A reception staff member or a trained personnel will need to operate the lift to assist the mobility impaired person.

  • If you are on level three, the horizontal exit is to the north in core C.
  • If you are on levels four to eight, horizontal exits are to both north (core C) and south (core A)
  • If you are on level nine, the horizontal exit is to the south in core A.

Students, staff, and visitors with disabilities or sensory issues are advised to submit a risk assessment-based PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan) to ensure that any specific issues are addressed.

If you have not been in contact with a member of staff prior to visiting or attending an event, notify a staff member at the front desk when you arrive to submit your PEEP and raise any additional requirements or questions you may have.

Inside the main building

  • Guide dogs are welcome.
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets can be found on levels two (wing), three (library), four (wing), five (wing and core B), seven (core B) and nine (core B).
  • There are no hearing loop facilities available, but let us know if you need assistance planning or reserving seats in advance of an event.


There are a wide range of accommodation options close to the UCL Institute of Education, which is located in the heart of Bloomsbury in London.

Accommodation nearby includes the following:

The Holiday Inn London-Bloomsbury – Negotiated rate of £199 per night
Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
Reservations: +44 (0)871 423 4942 or reservations@hibloomsbury.co.uk
Book Here: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/gb/en/london/lonbl/hoteldetail
Location here – walking distance to IOE is 4-5 minutes
Use code HD1 which is applicable 6th-12th September 2019 to book at the rate of £199 per night (inclusive of Breakfast and VAT). This code can be used by phone, email or online.

The Holiday Inn – Regents Park – Negotiated rate of £199 per night
Carburton Street, London, W1W 5EE, United Kingdom
Book via phone or email: Tel: (0) 871 942 9111 or email groupreservations@hiregentspark.co.uk
Location here – walking distance to IOE is 16-20 minutes
Use code UGD which is applicable 6th-12th September 2019 to book at the rate of £199 per night (inclusive of Breakfast and VAT). Please email or phone the hotel to book using this code.

The Morton Hotel – Negotiated rate of £165 per night
2 Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0LH, United Kingdom
Book via phone or email: Tel: +44(0)20 7692 5600 or email info@mortonhotel.co.uk
Location here – walking distance to IOE is 2-3 minutes
State reference UCL/HDCA, which is applicable 6th-12th September 2019, to book at the rate of £165 per night (inclusive of Breakfast and VAT). Please email or phone the hotel to book using this code.

Royal National Hotel – From £85 per night
38-51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG
Reservations: +44 (0)20 7637 2488
Book here: http://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/
Location here – walking distance to IOE is 1-2 minutes

Tavistock Hotel – From £101 per night
Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EU
Reservations: +44 (0)20 7636 8383
Book here: http://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/
Location here

Imperial Hotel – From £101 per night
Russell Square, London WC1B 5BB
Reservations: +44 (0)20 7837 3655
Location here – walking distance to IOE is 1-2 minutes

President Hotel- From £95 per night
Russell Square, London WC1N 1DB
Reservations: +44 (0)20 7837 8844
Book here: http://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/
Location here – walking distance to IOE is 4-5 minutes

Bedford Hotel – From £102 per night
Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HD
Reservations: +44 (0)20 7636 7822
Book here: http://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/
Location here – walking distance to IOE is 5-7 minutes

The Astor Hostel – Dorms from £26 per night
27 Montague St, Holborn, London WC1B 5BH
Book here: https://astorhostels.com/hostels/museum/
Location here – walking distance to IOE is 6-8 minutes

Please also see:




Please note, several more hotel and hostels will be listed above in due course.


How to find the UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
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Address: UCL Institute of Education (IOE), 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL. (See the digital map here)

The UCL Institute of Education is situated in a prime position near Russell Square, and minutes from Russell Square tube station. Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations are all within ten minutes walking distance. Below you will find link to transports options in and to London. Need further advice? Please feel free to email hdca2019@ucl.ac.uk

Public transport options

London and UCL are well-served by transport links, both for travelling to and from London from the UK, Europe and the wider world, and for getting around the city.

UCL is located in the Bloomsbury district at the very centre of London. There are easy connections to UCL from London’s global hub airports at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and you will find that London’s extensive public transport system is convenient and easy to use.

These instructions will get you to the UCL Institute of Education.

To plan your local journey to UCL, including walking and cycle routes, check out their excellent Journey Planner at www.tfl.gov.uk. You can call Transport for London (TFL) on 020 7222 1234.

By London Underground (Tube)

The closest tube stations to the IOE site are Russell Square (Piccadilly line), Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines) and Euston (Northern and Victoria lines).

More information and a journey planner can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/tube

You can also find directions from these stations to UCL locations:

By bus

UCL’s Gower Street site is served by many Transport for London bus routes. Buses travelling from north to south stop in Gower Street, immediately outside UCL’s main gate, while those travelling from south to north stop outside Warren Street station, about five minutes’ walk from UCL. Services to these stops include route numbers: 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390. More information and a journey planner can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/buses

By National Rail

London has many mainline rail stations. Most of these are a short journey away from UCL, with the stations at Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras being within easy walking distance. Trains from London serve destinations across the UK. By being flexible and booking well in advance you will find rail travel offers excellent value for money. National Rail enquiries can be contacted on 08457 484950 or at www.nationalrail.co.uk

By Eurostar

St Pancras station is the London Eurostar terminal. Just a short Underground or bus ride, or a few minutes’ walk from UCL, this offers you direct high speed rail connections to Paris (2hrs 15 mins) and Brussels (1hr 50 mins), with onward connections to many European destinations. More information can be found at www.eurostar.com

By car (via Eurotunnel Le Shuttle)

Visitors travelling by car from mainland Europe can cross the English Channel from Calais to Folkestone using Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, with a journey time of approximately 35 minutes. London is 70 miles from Folkestone. More information can be found at www.eurotunnel.com.

By coach

Coaches from London operate to most parts of the UK, many offering direct and very economical services. Details can be obtained from the TfL website at www.tfl.gov.uk/coaches

By air

Below are directions to UCL from London’s five main airports. There are bus and taxi alternatives from each of the airports. Taxis will be expensive, possibly over £50. Use only registered metered taxis from taxi ranks and confirm the approximate price before starting the journey.

If you are planning to use the Underground for part of your journey, try to avoid the peak periods of 8.00 to 9.00 am and 5.00 to 7.00 pm. Also, please be prepared to carry your luggage up escalators.

See www.baa.com for more information. Details of trains from airports to central London can also be obtained from National Rail at www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone enquiries 08457 484950.

By London Underground (Piccadilly Line)

To Russell Square or King’s Cross/St. Pancras. Journey time 55 minutes. Tube fares are considerably cheaper with an Oyster Card – see www.tfl.gov.uk/oyster

By Heathrow Express

To Paddington station. Journey time 15 minutes. See www.heathrowexpress.com for more information and fares.

From Paddington take the London Underground (Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan or Circle Lines) to Euston Square. Journey time 10 minutes. Tube fares are considerably cheaper with an Oyster Card – see www.tfl.gov.uk/oyster

By coach

To central London. Services are provided by a number of operators. See the Victoria Coach Station website for further details (www.tfl.gov.uk/coaches)

Further Information (External Sites)

HDCA Summer School

Thanks to all who taught and attended the 2019 Summer School!


Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September 2019

UCL Institute of Education, London.

Summer School Programme

We are pleased to announce that this year’s HDCA Summer School will take place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September 2019 ahead of the annual conference (9-11 September) in London, United Kingdom.  The summer school aims to develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of key concepts in human development with a particular focus on the capability approach.  Caroline Sarojini Hart and Rosie Peppin Vaughan will lead the summer school, together with further special guest tutors. The two-day programme will include sessions on the nature of human development; foundational concepts in human development and the capability approach; inequalities and capabilities; education; health and connecting capabilities.  There will also be workshop style sessions on developing research methods with opportunities for participants to present and discuss their own research projects and ideas. Accepted participants will be given pre-course preparation to do ahead of the summer school. All sessions will be in English.

Summer School Eligibility

The programme is specifically aimed at doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars who already have some understanding of development issues and are currently working with the capability approach.  To be eligible for the 2019 HDCA summer school you need to be a current doctoral student or postdoctoral researcher (within 2 years of receiving doctorate) working with the capability approach.  You must also be attending the main HDCA conference in London (separate registration and payment required). If you have any queries about your suitability for the summer school please email the Education Officers, Caroline Hart at c.hart@sheffield.ac.uk or Rosie Peppin Vaughan rosie.peppinvaughan@ucl.ac.uk for clarification.

The registration fee for the summer school is US$80, which includes participation in the two-day programme, refreshments, two lunches and one evening meal as well as course materials.  It will not include travel or accommodation costs so participants will need to budget accordingly.  There is a wide range of accommodation available locally and good transport systems at reasonable cost.  You may need to travel a considerable distance to secure low cost accommodation and should take this into account when making travel arrangements.

If you are awarded a scholarship for this year’s main HDCA conference you will be eligible to apply for up to US$100 towards your accommodation costs for attending the summer school (payable following summer school registration).

Please note summer school places are limited and usually book up very quickly.  Priority will be given to students who have not previously attended an HDCA summer school. 

Caroline Sarojini Hart, HDCA Education Officer
Rosie Peppin Vaughan, HDCA Education Officer