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Call for reviewers for a paper on Multidimensional Poverty?

Dear HDCA members
As some of you may know, a few months ago there was a call for papers for theSpecial Issue: Social Problems in Latin America: a view from the Capability Approach (
Now, the journalneeds some assistance with finding reviewers for the submitted papers. One of the papers is in the theme ofMultidimensional Poverty (abstract attached below). Hence, we would like to ask you kindly for your help and support in this process. The deadline to indicate your interest in participating as peer review is onThursday, December 12.
Those of you who volunteer will receive a formal invitation for reviewing from the journal indicating the key dates and actions (approximately, for the actual review, you would have about 2.5 months to submit)


This paper presents, demonstrates, and evaluates an interdisciplinary method for conducting qualitative and quantitative research on sustainable development informed by the Capabilities Approach (CA) framework. Sustainable development is of importance in guiding projects, policy and outcomes where long term solutions are valued. Several sustainable development practitioners have pioneered research using the CA, yet complexities over defining and evaluating sustainable development leave room for additional methods (Coyle & LeMaster, 2011; Simpson & Basta, 2018). The ethno-economic research methodology (EERM) presented here is a three-pronged, mixed-methods approach based on the author’s seven years of development and use of EERM in both the US and Bolivia. It includes: 1) participant observation to build context, trust and communication, 2) workshops for problem definition and language development, and 3) a survey for problem identification and quantification. EERM meets two objectives by providing 1) a standardized, comparable model for defining sustainable development, and 2) a participatory, holistic approach to understanding and evaluating sustainable development goals in a place-based context. I demonstrate and evaluate this methodology by presenting three case studies featuring EERM: one that uses the full method and two that take partial approaches. The resulting outcomes demonstrate how the different components of EERM, when used collectively and within the CA framework, best define sustainable development challenges and achievements.

Keywords: ethnographic study, sustainable development, Bolivia, participatory methods, capabilities approach, social inclusion

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