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Human Development &
Capability Association

Multi-Disciplinary and People-Centred

Work and Employment Group: Intro

The Thematic Group Work and Employment will be present with two panels at the 2024 HDCA Conference (Kolkata, India):

  • Hard at Work: Job Quality, Wellbeing and the Global Economy (Panel T0057, Author-meets-critics session),
  • Reasons to value work – instrumental or intrinsic to wellbeing? Conceptual issues in capability accounts of work and employment
    (Panel T0058, Thematic Panel).

Both sessions will be held virtually.
Abstracts and papers are available for download here


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.

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