Work and Employment


The thematic group Work and Employment held its annual meeting online on 4th October 2023. A debate on the controversial issue of how to place work in the capability framework (capability or resource) was opened by three controversial inputs from the coordinators. Their slides are available for download here:




***WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE: Labour Law, Employees’ Capability for Voice, and Wellbeing***

Cherise Regier speaks on the topic “Employees’ Capability for Voice as a Determinant of Wellbeing: An Empirical Evaluation of the Right-to-Disconnect Legislation in Europe.” :
Download the presentation slides
Cherise’s paper on this topic was recently published in the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and is available here:

SAVE THE DATE! Talk on sustainable work by Bénédicte Zimmermann , 22nd February 2024, 3pm GMT / 4pm CET. Bénédicte Zimmermann is Professor of Sociology at the École des hautes études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.


The Work and Employment Thematic Group began meeting in 2019. It aims to promote and support the research of scholars, students and practitioners using the capability approach in the field of labour markets and employment, both in the context of the HDCA and beyond. The network is open to HDCA members and non-members alike to discuss work in progress and emerging new ideas. It is a particularly useful forum for students, academics and practitioners to share their work with a wider audience. The Work and Employment thematic group generates a space for sharing your own contributions to the field with colleagues and for developing new national and international partnerships. If you wish to plan a local or regional event, then please share your news with the coordinators. We welcome new and existing members to contribute ideas to take this new thematic group going forwards. Please do check out the publications section of the HDCA website and if you are aware of publications that are not currently mentioned do let us know.

The thematic group is open to suggestions for contributions to its meetings and workshops (online and in person), and it encourages panel submissions to the HDCA conference. The TG is working on a bibliography on the subject.