Human Rights, Development, and Capabilities Intro

This thematic group looks at poverty, human development and capabilities from a human rights-based perspective.  Participants are working on theory and practice in areas such as rights-based approaches to poverty reduction, the right to development, economic and social rights, the right to participation and the rights to equality and nondiscrimination in relation to poverty.  This group invites people from a variety of disciplines – social scientists, lawyers, public administrators, policy makers, educators and health professionals, among others – to join us in considering how we can learn from each other and work together to be more effective in realizing human rights and eliminating poverty.


StacyKoskoStacy J. Kosko
University of Maryland College Park, United States

Dr. Stacy J. Kosko is Assistant Director of the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management and an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland (USA). Dr. Kosko holds a PhD in Public Policy and development studies from the University of Maryland and an MS in Foreign Service and international conflict management from Georgetown University. Website:

Areli Valencia
University of Ottawa, Canada

Leonardo Castilho
Human rights practitioner

Stephen Marks
Harvard University, United States