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Book Launch: The Social Construction of Capabilities in a Tamil Village

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
72 minutes

Capability as informational basis for work and employment politics – a European research experience

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
76 minutes

Using the Capability Approach to Conceptualise Wellbeing

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
90 minutes

Inclusive Data and Statistics: Human Development and Disability Indicators in Low- and Middle-income Countries

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
56 minutes

Democratising Measurement: A Case Study from Well-Being Public Policy

Speakers:
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 Graduate Student Network
91 minutes

Capabilities at the end of the life-course: exploring issues of measurement

Presentation by Professor Joanna Coast, University of Bristol

This webinar starts from the perspective that it is potentially valuable to measure capabilities at the end of life, to aid in the evaluation of particular health and care interventions, but focuses on the associated measurement difficulties.  It considers the options for measuring capabilities, considers who should measure capabilities and what the potential measurement issues might be with different approaches.  It utilises two qualitative case studies to shed light on measurement issues that might occur when the person at the end of life measures capabilities and when others assess their capabilities. 

HDCA Webinar 2021 Health and Disability HDCA Videos
58 minutes

HDCA Graduate Workshop 2: Writing for Publication

The focus of the worship is ‘Writing for Journal Publication’ with presenters Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti (University of Pavia, Italy) and Graciela Tonon (Universidad de Palermo, Argentina). Enrica is the Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and Graciela holds numerous editorial roles including as editor of the Spanish language Journal of Ciencias Sociales of Universidad de Palermo. Listeners will have an opportunity to hear about the process of developing an article for publication and the different opportunities for publishing academic work which draws on the capability approach.

HDCA Webinar 2021 HDCA Videos
88 minutes

Framing Research and Innovation for Transformative Change Towards Sustainable Development in the European Union

SPEAKERS
Marta Truco Calbet – European Commission DG Research and Innovation
Michele Capriati – University of Bari
Andrea Ferrannini – ARCO (Action Research for Co-Development)

CHAIR
Mario Biggeri – University of Florence, ARCO (Action Research for Co-Development) and HDCA Joint European Regional Network Coordinator

CONVENOR
Caroline Hart, PhD – University of Sheffield, HDCA Co-Education Officer, and HDCA Joint European Regional Network Coordinator

This webinar discusses to what extent and how R&I policy in the post-COVID scenario can represent a leverage for transformative change by empowering individuals and communities to meet social needs and address the issues of sustainable and inclusive societies. In particular, it provides theoretical arguments and policy recommendations to design a roadmap for a new approach on R&I policies at European level, in order to contribute to transforming the EU into a fair and prosperous society and put its economy on a more sustainable and inclusive path.

HDCA Webinar 2021 European Network HDCA Videos
89 minutes

A capabilities perspective on the personalization of people with intellectual disabilities’ care and support

Presenter: Toon Benoot, Ghent University

Systems of personal budgets for people with disabilities aim to contribute to the choice and control people have over their own care and support trajectory. The redistribution of welfare resources to service users is intended to contribute to quality care, individual autonomy and personal wellbeing. In this presentation, Toon will outline the key findings of his PhD, discussing how these policies, explicitly modelled as capability promoting policies, influence the practice of care and support for people with intellectual disabilities. Central topics are the notion of ‘a capable human being’ and the capability to aspire. He draws on a variety of data that reflects the voices of different parties involved in the support process: from people with intellectual disabilities, executives of care organisations and social workers who administer budgets.

Toon Benoot is affiliated to the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogics at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of Ghent University. Toon works on pedagogics in a context of personalised care for people with disabilities. His fields of interests are: welfare reform, theories of social justice and the conceptualisation of autonomy and in(ter)dependency.

HDCA Webinar 2021 Health and Disability
59 minutes
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