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 from a graduate student. 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

  • 2016 - Morten Fibieger Byskov with “Are capabilities content-independently valuable? A reply to Carter”
  • 2015 - Raj Patel with “The Natural and the Social in the Metrics of Justice”
  • 2014 - Annie Austin with "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 with "From the Idea of Justice to the Idea of Injustice: Mixing the Ideal, Non-ideal and Dynamic Conceptions of Injustice"
  • 2012 - Agnese Peruzzi with "Understanding social exclusion in a longitudinal perspective; A capability based approach"
  • 2011 - Nicolai Suppa with "Does capability deprivation hurt?"
  • 2010 - Donna Vaughan with "Development, Rights, and Indigenous Australians – A Critique Of Australian Government Policy Using The Capability Approach"
  • 2009 - Stacey Kosko with "Parental Consent and Children's Rights in Europe: A Balancing Act"
  • 2008 - Suman Seth with "A class of Association Sensitive Multidimensional Well-being Indices"
  • 2007 - Jose Manuel Roche with "Monitoring Inequality among Social Groups: A Methodology Combining Fuzzy Set Theory and Principal Component Analysis"
  • 2006 - Constanze Binder with “Context Dependency of Valuable Functionings: How Culture Affects the Capability Framework