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Limitations and Frontiers: Concepts, Measures, and Applications of the Capability Approach

Speaker: Sabina Alkire Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. 

Since HDCA was launched in 2004, applications of well-being and multidimensional poverty have gained ground, including applications drawing from the Capability Approach. It has been a period of intense reflection, experimentation, hope, competition, and learning. In parallel, the data environment and availability of qualitative, quantitative, and participatory data has bounded forward, as has policy interest in topics central to the capability approach. This has truly been a fertile period. This talk reviews a few advances, then focuses on and calls for creative investment in some high priority gaps.

HDCA Webinar 2021 HDCA Videos
94 minutes

Knowledge Politics: Multidimensional wellbeing indicators as policy instruments

Presenter: Dr. Karen Scott, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Exeter University

The conceptualisation and measurement of wellbeing has become a significant policy concern over the last two decades. Many local, national, supranational and international governance bodies have engaged intensively in research to develop wellbeing indicators.  Slower, however, has been the transition to using these wellbeing indicators for policy development and implementation, with there being significant critique of how governance bodies have approached this agenda. In this webinar, Dr. Scott will cover the main critiques and challenges in using wellbeing indicators as policy instruments based on her interest in knowledge politics and epistemic justice. By drawing on her own research and experience of local and central government in the UK and New Zealand, she will argue for more democratic and context-based research, as well as systematic reviews of qualitative evidence on wellbeing, to inform policy.

HDCA Webinar 2021 HDCA Videos
90 minutes

Measuring Deprivation in Social Participation

Presentation: Dr. Nicolai Suppa, Research Associate, OPHI and Juan de la Cierva Research Fellow, the Centre for Demographic Studies (Barcelona)
Commentators: Prof. Suman Seth (University of Leeds) and Prof. Flavio Comim (HDCA founding member and Ramon Llull University)
This webinar engages with the aspects of measurement of deprivations in social participation, an important but so far neglected dimension of human well-being. Operationalization and empirical implementation of the capability approach are essential to advance in the quantitative understanding of the new challenges of the field. Using high-quality survey data for Germany, we discuss in-depth axioms on poverty and deprivations and social participation.

HDCA Webinar 2021 Quantitative Research Methods HDCA Videos
57 minutes

The Development and Application of Multidimensional Well-being Measures

This webinar features a panel discussion on developing multidimensional wellbeing measures in varied contexts and with diverse data sources. Panelists: Jaya Krishnakumar, Professor of Econometrics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland; Giulia Greco, Assistant Professor in Health Economics in the Department for Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Pavia.

HDCA Webinar 2021 HDCA Videos
125 minutes

Transition with Dignity: Agency of young adults with significant disabilities in their exit from school

June 9, 2021

Speaker: Sarah Hart, University of Hartford, CT

While many young adults look forward to leaving school with a sense of both excitement and apprehension, individuals with significant disabilities may approach this critical life stage far more passively. This webinar describes how the capability approach framed qualitative research studies conducted on the perspectives of young adults with significant disabilities living through these experiences in the United States and Aotearoa New Zealand. Opportunities are examined for dignified transition procedures that benefit individuals and lead towards a more equitable society.

HDCA Webinar 2021 Health and Disability HDCA Videos
65 minutes

Methodological Options and Challenges for Measuring Multidimensional Well-Being

Turning complex conceptual frameworks into operational applications imply a series of methodological decisions that are not free of challenges. The capability approach is far from an exception. This third webinar of the series on measuring multidimensional well-being reflects on some of these methodological challenges, in close connection with themes from previous webinars in the series. This webinar will host an open conversation with Dr. José Manuel Roche, an independent researcher and consultant in International Development. 

HDCA Webinar 2021 HDCA Videos
92 minutes

The Role of Social Policy in Promoting Human Security in the MENA Region

This webinar explores the concept of human security within the MENA region. The region has long been marred by protracted conflicts that have a strong multi-dimensional nature. This requires a closer examination of the various threats to social cohesion. Human security proves to be a worthwhile construct to further explore within this context due to its ability to recognise multiple threats – whether from poverty, inequality or political marginalisation. Not only can human security be defined as a people-centred, multi-disciplinary comprehension of security, above all it seeks to advance freedom to live in dignity, freedom from fear and freedom from want/need. Freedoms which are essential to build a peaceful society. Linking human security back to its grounding in human development, allows for a further exploration as to what role social policy can play in promoting human security within the MENA region. The webinar was organised by both the HDCA Thematic Group Human Security and the MENA Social Policy Network and is part of the current GCRF-AHRC project on “Strengthening Security and Social Welfare in the MENA region”.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz5bSr2MPBk

HDCA Webinar 2021 Human Security HDCA Videos

University Students as Storytellers: Youth Voices on Social Justice

In post-1994 South Africa, history continues to disfigure the social fabric and educational landscape. Slow-paced and uneven transformation, as well as challenges of power and voice, wealth, race and gender inequalities shape the day to day reality of the country. Public universities, too, face these challenges. Yet, with over 1.2 million students, universities can foster critical ways of thinking about challenging issues, enabling us to reimagine and reinvent possibilities and to co-construct knowledge. This webinar, organized by the Participatory Methods Thematic Group, focuses on youth at one South African university as storytellers. The members of the Youth Voices team will bring different biographies and varied experiences of voice, inclusion, and marginalisation through their visual individual and collective narratives.

HDCA Webinar 2021 Participatory Methods
121 minutes

Health justice for all: A capabilities framework for health system development in the conflict-affected context of Myanmar

Speaker: Dr Sharon Bell, The Workshop, New Zealand

Conflict is a leading risk to development progress and fragile and conflict-affected contexts have high rates of poverty and limited access to crucial services such as healthcare. Myanmar is such a context, facing critical shortages in its health services leading to significant health inequities for ethnic communities. Ethnic non-state armed groups have formed regimes which seek self-determination as well as to establish alternative health systems in parallel to the state system to improve the wellbeing of their people.

This webinar considers how the capability approach can be operationalised in conflict-affected contexts to better navigate the ongoing challenge of addressing health inequalities and working towards health justice for conflict-affected communities. It draws on a qualitative case study of a partnership between an international non-governmental organisation and an ethnic non-state armed group in a health workforce training programme in Shan State, Myanmar. 

HDCA Webinar 2021 Health and Disability
53 minutes
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