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2019 Human Development and Capability Association Conference
London, 9-11 September, 2019

Hosted by University College London, in partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Birkbeck, the University of East London (UEL) and the London International Development Centre (LIDC)

“Connecting Capabilities”

The theme for the HDCA 2019 conference in London (9-11 September 2019) is Connecting Capabilities. We have chosen this theme because we think connection is an important capability that needs further consideration.

March 2019 is the date currently scheduled for Brexit. In some ways this is a national political difficulty and time of uncertainty for the UK. But in other ways Brexit reflects themes that resonate internationally - not least the impact of globalisation and the emergence of greater xenophobia and more authoritarian forms of democracy in many parts of the world. The theme of connecting capabilities gives us an opportunity to think against this grain, using ideas and networks on human development and putting the capability approach to work in new ways.

Confirmed keynote speakers and plenary panels

  • Martha Nussbaum
  • Vandana Shiva (Sen Lecture)
  • Leif Wenar (Nussbaum Lecture)
  • Panel with activists and practitioners reflecting on using the capability approach including Gautam Bhan, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and Johannes Krassnitzer, UNDP
Click here for the 2019 HDCA Conference Home Page for further information

News Posted: 07 January 2019      [Back to the Top]

New blog post by Bert Provan
Stop doing things to residents of poor neighbourhoods without asking what they need

These days, few organisations can escape the clamour to assess the ‘Social Return on Investment’, or SROI, of proposed new projects. But how often are local people actually asked what they need from local investment, and how realistic are the aims of delivery? Read more in Political Quarterly here


News Posted: 05 November 2018      [Back to the Top]

Nuffield Foundation report
Can we improve the survey representation of non-resident parents, and collect robust data on reasons for separation?


CASE PhD researcher Caroline Bryson and Stephen McKay, have authored a new Nuffield Foundation report which adds to the evidence base on how to improve the data collected on family separation.

At any one time, there are more than four million children living in separated families in the UK. Improved survey data on separated families, particularly non-resident parents, has the potential to inform and improve decision making on issues such as child support, welfare benefits, and housing.

Last year Nuffield published a report, Understanding the lives of separating and separated families in the UK, which concluded that a number of the existing longitudinal surveys, including Understanding Society (the UK Household Longitudinal Study), could be enhanced to address some of the evidence gaps.

In light of this, Bryson and McKay have carried out an experimental study which tested methodologies with the potential to collect data directly from non-resident parents (rather than relying on resident parent reports) and to collect data on the reasons why families separate.

Find out more about the project on the Nuffield Foundation website and download the report in PDF.

The non-resident parent experiment is written up in more detail in a CASE Working Paper 210 (Bryson and McKay, 2018) which is available to download here.


News Posted: 26 October 2018      [Back to the Top]

CASE special event
From Input to Influence: how can the participation of people in poverty shape research and public policy?

A joint event with ATD Fourth World and Goethe University was held on Friday 16th November 2018.

Speakers:
Tom Croft (Member of ATD Fourth World's International Volunteer Corps) &Moraene Roberts (activist, ATD Fourth World)
Dr. Rikki Dean (Fellow in Democratic Innovations, Institute for Political Sciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt)
Introduction: Dr. Tania Burchardt (Director of CASE, The London School of Economics and Political Science)
Chair: Fran Bennett (Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, University of Oxford, and a co-author of From Input to Influence: Participatory Approaches to Research and Inquiry into Poverty with Moraene Roberts)

This seminar explored the relationship between participatory research and participation in policymaking, using the approach of ATD Fourth World as an example. Dr. Tania Burchardt opened the event with her thoughts on participatory research (click here to read Tania's opening remarks). This was follwed by Tom Croft and Moraene Roberts who described ATD’s evolution, highlighting the ways in which people with experience of poverty can participate in research and influence policy. Dr Rikki Dean then spoke about his theoretical typology of approaches to participation as well as his empirical research with those involved in participatory policy-making to examine the many purposes and values associated with participation (Click here to see Rikki's slides).

Click here to listen to podcast of the event


News Posted: 24 October 2018      [Back to the Top]