In post-1994 South Africa, history continues to disfigure the social fabric and educational landscape. Slow-paced and uneven transformation, as well as challenges of power and voice, wealth, race and gender inequalities shape the day to day reality of the country. Public universities, too, face these challenges. Yet, with over 1.2 million students, universities can foster critical ways of thinking about challenging issues, enabling us to reimagine and reinvent possibilities and to co-construct knowledge. This webinar, organized by the Participatory Methods Thematic Group, focuses on youth at one South African university as storytellers. The members of the Youth Voices team will bring different biographies and varied experiences of voice, inclusion, and marginalisation through their visual individual and collective narratives.HDCA Webinar 2021 Participatory Methods
Presenter: Sridhar Venkatapuram, King’s College London
In this third event in our Teacher Workshop series, Sridhar Venkatapuram presents reflections and leads discussion on: What is the future of graduate teaching of the capabilities approach?
Teaching the capabilities approach to graduate students at the Master’s and PhD level requires thinking about various aspects. In this this workshop we would like to focus on two particular aspects that seem to be relevant at this point in time.
What are the joys and challenges of teaching the capabilities approach at masters and Phd level?
What are the future prospects of better integrating the capabilities approach into graduate level curricula and doctoral research and training?
Speaker: Dr Sharon Bell, The Workshop, New Zealand
Conflict is a leading risk to development progress and fragile and conflict-affected contexts have high rates of poverty and limited access to crucial services such as healthcare. Myanmar is such a context, facing critical shortages in its health services leading to significant health inequities for ethnic communities. Ethnic non-state armed groups have formed regimes which seek self-determination as well as to establish alternative health systems in parallel to the state system to improve the wellbeing of their people.
This webinar considers how the capability approach can be operationalised in conflict-affected contexts to better navigate the ongoing challenge of addressing health inequalities and working towards health justice for conflict-affected communities. It draws on a qualitative case study of a partnership between an international non-governmental organisation and an ethnic non-state armed group in a health workforce training programme in Shan State, Myanmar.HDCA Webinar 2021 Health and Disability
Due to the multi-dimensional and fluid nature of the capabilities approach, structured, large-sample surveys are less likely to be used to evaluate the progress of individuals on various dimensions of the capability approach. But our speakers have risen up to this challenge and share their insights about the same, from different geographies. Kate Sollis from Australian National University discusses it in context of Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) data set, Darlington Mushongera, from University of Witwatersrand analyses the Guateng City Region Observatory Quality of Life Survey, South Africa and Raffaele Ciula from Sapienza University (Rome) discusses the longitudinal survey of Bolsa Familia program at Brazil.
The webinar is moderated by HDCA Fellow Professor Paul Anand, who shares his insights about a similar exercise conducted on British Household Panel Survey.HDCA Webinar Quantitative Research Methods HDCA Videos
by L. N. Venkataraman
Is an equitable distribution of opportunities possible within a stratified social system in which caste-based socio-economic privileges are inherited and social mobility constrained? The Social Construction of Capabilities in a Tamil Village answers this question by analysing the intersections between caste, class and education, and argues that capabilities—that is, the competence or life skills one acquires through education—are socially constructed and not an inherent trait of the individual.
The presentation by the author is followed by a Q&A with Rosie Peppin-Vaughan, Lecturer in Education and International Development at UCL Institute of Education, University College London.HDCA Webinar 2021
In CAPRIGHT (Resources, Rights and Capabilities: In search of social foundations for Europe, (2007-2010) 24 partners from 13 European countries shared their work on capability–related concepts to inform European labour policies and work practices – understood in a wide sense and comprising services and regulation in the fields of work, employment, vocational training, work arrangements and collective action.HDCA Webinar 2021 Work and Employment HDCA Videos
Speaker: Ingrid Robeyns, Utrecht University
The capability approach is one of the many different frameworks that can be used to conceptualise well-being. This seminar will address the following questions: How does one use the capability approach to conceptualise wellbeing? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the capability approach to conceptualise well-being? For which purposes is this an appropriate framework, and in which contexts should one consider using another framework? What are the consequences for the deeply inter- and multidisciplinary nature of the capability approach to its conceptualisation of wellbeing? And finally, what are some points of attention to keep in mind if one wants to use this framework not just for conceptualising well-being, but also for empirical research and policy making?HDCA Webinar 2021 HDCA Videos
Presenter: Sophie Mitra, Fordham University
This study first examines to what extent household surveys and censuses in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) include disability questions and the types of questions under use. It then disaggregates human development indicators across disability status to assess the situation of persons and households with disabilities with 24 censuses and general household surveys from 21 LMICs. Findings have implications for data collection, research and policy.
Sophie Mitra is professor of economics and founding director of the Research Consortium on Disability at Fordham University in New York City. She has studied the economic impact of disability and mental illness, the effects of social protection programs, multidimensional poverty, the association between disability and poverty, the definition of disability. She is the author of Disability, Health and Human Development (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).HDCA Webinar 2021 Health and Disability HDCA Videos
Anna Alexandrova, Reader in Philosophy of Science at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in University Cambridge and a Fellow of King’s College
Mark Fabian, Research Associate (postdoc) at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy in the University of Cambridge
There is now widespread recognition that well-being, educational success, fairness, equality, poverty, etc. are value-laden. There is less agreement on a responsible way of measuring their value. This is a tricky issue for public policy because governments need effective measures for benchmarking, impact evaluation, and other forms of accountability, but would ideally like to leave value judgements to citizens. Our research explores the potential of coproduction mechanisms to chart a course through these dilemmas. We present a case study from our work around coproducing a theory and measure/s of thriving for the national poverty charity Turn2Us.HDCA Webinar 2021 Early Career Researchers and Practitioners Network