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Dignity neuroscience: Links between human rights and the human brain

Presented by Dr. Tara White, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research) and the founding director of the Laboratory of Affective Neuroscience at Brown University

Neuroscientist and psychology researcher Tara White proposes that protections provided by international human rights instruments are rooted in fundamental properties of the human brain. The emerging field that she has named dignity neuroscience stems from her and others’ work in human brain science and human emotions. Dr. White proposes a framework that provides an empirical foundation to support and foster human dignity, universal rights, and their active furtherance by individuals, nations, and international law. It incorporates understandings of brain structures involved in agency, autonomy, and self-determination, the harms of privation and maltreatment, and the concept of intrinsic human dignity expressed in longstanding cultural, religious, and philosophical traditions. 

HDCA Webinar 2022 Human Rights HDCA Videos
58 minutes

New threats to human security in the Anthropocene — Demanding greater solidarity

A webinar on the 2022 UNDP-HDRO Special Report on Human Security
Report leader, Dr. Heriberto Tapia, plus members of the Report team, present an overview of the Report’s purposes, main arguments, and hoped-for uses. Presenters: Andrew Crabtree, Copenhagen Business School
Oscar A. Gómez, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
John Morrissey, National University of Ireland

HDCA Webinar 2022 Human Security HDCA Videos
127 minutes

Stopping Private Education from Undermining Education Rights: The Abidjan Principles

A conversation with Dr. Faranaaz Veriava

Adopted in 2019, the Abidjan Principles lay out governments’ international legal obligations in the area of education to ensure education rights do not get undermined by private actors. Dr. Faranaaz Veriava, who served on the advisory committee to the drafting team, describes how the principles have been used by education advocates in litigation and advocacy. Enough time will be put aside to ensure participants have the chance to ask questions and to engage with each other.

HDCA Webinar 2022 Education Human Rights HDCA Videos

The integration of participatory approaches to SDG localization

This panel discussion features presentations by four scholars who have published in the recent Policy Forum in the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities on SDG localisation. The discussion will challenge the traditional “top-down” dichotomy in implementing the SDGs, highlighting that to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is essential to translate the SDGs into national and local policy initiatives. The incorporation of participatory approaches in this process is vital in ensuring collective action and democratic participation. The authors highlight how participatory approaches have been utilised in implementing the SDGs in a local context. 

HDCA Webinar 2022 Empowerment and Collective Capabilities Participatory Methods Sustainable Human Development European Network HDCA Videos
126 minutes

Conflicts in Human Rights-Based Development

Gustavo Arosemena, assistant professor at the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, and Bart Kleine Deters, a senior researcher at ECBO, a Dutch education research center,  speak about their book chapter “Conflicts in Human Rights-Based Development”.  The authors note that it has become increasingly common to define development in terms of rights. However, they write,

What is rarely recognized is that even if development is conceptualized in terms of rights, it remains a conflictive process. Normally it is not possible to satisfy the rights or claims to development of all needy parties. Consequently, there is a need to make choices, to make trade-offs. How this squares with talk of ‘rights’ is not well understood. Existing theories of rights-based development say little about conflicts or how to solve them. (Arosemena & Kleine Deters, 2020, p. 242)  

HDCA Webinar 2022 Human Rights HDCA Videos
44 minutes

Measuring the Quality of Employment from a multidimensional perspective using the Alkire/Foster method

Kirsten Sehnbruch, Presenter
Nicolai Suppa, Commentator
Ortrud Lessmann, Chair

This webinar proposes a methodology for measuring the quality of employment from a multidimensional and public policy perspective using household survey data from 14 Latin American developing countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay). The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate that the QoE can be measured using the Alkire Foster method that can inform policy makers about the state of their labour markets in a way that complements traditional variables such as participation or unemployment rates, which are not always good indicators of labour market performance in developing countries with large informal sectors. Beyond introducing the method, the presentation shows it has been applied to specific cases, such as Chile and Egypt. We discuss insights generated by our results on developments over time and across regions, how it can be used to examine horizontal inequalities (eg to compare migrant populations to local ones) as well as presenting a case study using dynamic data.

HDCA Webinar 2022 Work and Employment HDCA Videos
68 minutes

Spotlight Series 3 – Interview with Oliver Mutanga

Welcome to our latest Education TG Spotlight interview 3, with Dr Oliver Mutanga. Dr Mutanga is an experienced researcher with a demonstrated history of exploring Disability, Education and Health issues. He was awarded a scholarship at the University of the Free State in South Africa to pursue doctoral studies (2013-2016). In 2015, he was awarded a CICOPS Fellowship by the University of Pavia, Italy. In 2017, he was awarded a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oslo, Norway. This was followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) in 2019. Prior to his PhD research, Oliver worked as a researcher in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa. Currently he is an Expert Evaluator for the European Commission. He is also a Guest Research Fellow at the University of South Africa and a Guest Research Fellow at the University of Oslo, Norway. In this interview he shares his experiences and future ideas in relation to education and development.

HDCA Webinar 2022 Education HDCA Videos
46 minutes

Spotlight Series 2 – Interview with Alejandra Boni

The Education Thematic Group is excited to share the 2nd Spotlight Series interview with Professor Sandra Boni. Professor Boni is a professor at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain) and a deputy Director of INGENIO (CSIC-UOV). She is an honorary professor at the University of the Free State in South Africa and adjunct professor at the Universidad de Ibagué. Her research interests focus on human development, higher education, global citizenship and transformative innovation. She is an active member of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium. Professor Boni is also one of the editors of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. In this interview she shares more about her work.

HDCA Webinar 2021 Education HDCA Videos
60 minutes

Use of Primary Data for Measuring and Operationalisation of the Capability Approach

This webinar is the third and the final one in our series on Operationalisation and Measurement of the Capability Approach using various types of data. In this webinar, we discuss the dynamics and the challenges involved in operationalising the primary data. While collection of primary data entails greater autonomy in collection of data, the sample size becomes a limitation and issues regarding representativeness of the data are more acute. Our speakers discuss the frameworks they employed and how they attained balance between the two concerns. With one study being based on households with children in Rome and the other focusing on women in Sri Lanka, the webinar offers interesting comparisons on the notions of subjective well being and deprivation.

Speakers:
Dr. Paolo Raciti, Researcher (Social Inclusion Structure),  National Institute for the Analysis of Public Policies (INAPP)
Matteo D’Emilione, Researcher (Social Inclusion Division), INAPP
Dr Melissa Langworthy (Senior Researcher, Ladysmith)

Moderator: Prof Heath Henderson, Associate Professor (Economics), Drake University

HDCA Webinar 2021 Quantitative Research Methods
96 minutes
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