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Human Development &
Capability Association

Agency, Well-Being and Justice

Kuklys prize

for the best conference paper by a graduate student

The Kuklys prize is annually awarded at the HDCA conference for the best conference paper written by a graduate student. Normally the same person can only win the award once. It is aimed at promoting the work of graduate students in the field of human development and the capability approach. It is named in memory of Wiebke Kuklys, who, as an Economics PhD student at Cambridge University, advanced the capability approach by exploring the application of new statistical techniques. Wiebke studied in Germany, Chile, and England, and combined an open mind for new ideas with a concern for the most vulnerable people and she believed that high-quality research could contribute to making the world a better place to live in. Wiebke died in June 2005, at the age of 33, only a few months after receiving her PhD degree. Her dissertation was published posthumously by Springer under the title "Amartya Sen's Capability Approach: Theoretical Insights and Empirical Applications."

Previous Winners

  • 2023 - Julia Wdowin, “Capabilities and the natural sphere: conceptualising and measuring environmental freedoms”
  • 2019 - Matthias Kramm, "When a River Becomes a Person"
  • 2018 - Juan Fernando Bucheli, "Marginal Youth: Quality of Life and Spatial Exclusion in Bogota"
  • 2017 - Julio Alejandro Cáceda Adrianzen, “Moral Obligations as the Third Aspect of the Notion of Capabilities"
  • 2016 - Morten Fibieger Byskov, “Are capabilities content-independently valuable? A reply to Carter”
  • 2015 - Raj Patel, “The Natural and the Social in the Metrics of Justice”
  • 2014 - Annie Austin, "Practical reason in hard times: the effects of economic crisis on the kinds of lives people in the UK have reason to value"
  • 2013 - Oscar Garza Vazquez, "From the Idea of Justice to the Idea of Injustice: Mixing the Ideal, Non-ideal and Dynamic Conceptions of Injustice"
  • 2012 - Agnese Peruzzi, "Understanding social exclusion in a longitudinal perspective; A capability based approach"
  • 2011 - Nicolai Suppa, "Does capability deprivation hurt?"
  • 2010 - Donna Vaughan, "Development, Rights, and Indigenous Australians – A Critique Of Australian Government Policy Using The Capability Approach"
  • 2009 - Stacy Kosko, "Parental Consent and Children's Rights in Europe: A Balancing Act"
  • 2008 - Suman Seth, "A class of Association Sensitive Multidimensional Well-being Indices"
  • 2007 - Jose Manuel Roche, "Monitoring Inequality among Social Groups: A Methodology Combining Fuzzy Set Theory and Principal Component Analysis"
  • 2006 - Constanze Binder, “Context Dependency of Valuable Functionings: How Culture Affects the Capability Framework
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