Using the Capability Approach to Conceptualise Wellbeing

Webinar with Ingrid Robeyns

19th April 2021, Monday, 18.30 – 20.00 BST (GMT +1) (19.30 – 21.00 CEST/GMT +2)

 

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?

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Ingrid Robeyns (Prof. dr.) is a political philosopher and economist working primarily on issues in theories of justice, the ethics of institutions and applied ethics. She holds the chair in Ethics of Institutions at The Ethics Institute at Utrecht University (the Netherlands), and directs The Fair Limits Project – funded through an ERC Consolidator Grant – which examines the distributive justice and moral permissibility of having too much personal valuable goods, and how a distributive rule should include an upper limit. Broadly, her research also includes the capability approach, social justice, institutional change in law and policy, gender studies, the ethics of autism and basic income. Her most recent book titled Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-examined (2017) is free to download from Open Book Publishers. Ingrid Robeyns served as the 8th president (2018-2020) of The Human Development and Capability Association and is elected (for life) as a member of the Netherlands Royal Academy (KNAW). She actively holds several editorial roles, as associate editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Basic Income Studies and is member of the editorial board of Economics and Philosophy.


April - July 2021 Webinar Series
Multidimensional Well-Being:
Concepts, Measurement, & Applications

The webinar series brings together and into conversation established scholars, junior researchers, and practitioners working to conceptualise, measure, and improve multidimensional well-being.   It addresses and allows for discussion regarding both long-standing and contemporary issues regarding the conceptualization and measurement of well-being, with a special focus on applications related to the Capability Approach.  

 

General themes running through the series include concepts of well-being, philosophies of well-being measurement, methodological issues including formal procedures for multidimensional measurement, the role of participation and deliberation, empirical applications and challenges, policy uses and implications, and current research frontiers.

 

The series is hosted by a group of junior HDCA scholars and aims at providing a forum for exchanges and discussions between junior and senior researchers and practitioners, and in combining their competencies. All are welcome.

 

 

Questions/Suggestions? Contact the organizing committee: 2021multidimensional@gmail.com



Full Webinar Schedule: Webinars 1 - 7

1.    Democratising Measurement: A Case Study from Well-Being Public Policy  
Anna Alexandrova & Mark Fabian

6th April, Tuesday, 11am – 12.30pm BST (GMT +1)
Recording available here
“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.”

 

2.    Conceptual Issues
Ingrid Robeyns
19th April, Monday, 18.30 – 20.00 BST (GMT +1)

Recording available here

“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?”


3.    Methodological Options and Challenges for Measuring Multidimensional Well-Being
(presenter and time to be communicated (TBC))

4.    Participatory Approaches to Well-Being Measurement
(presenter and time TBC)

5.    The Development and Application of Multidimensional Well-being Measures
(presenter and time TBC)

6.    Multidimensional Well-Being Measures as Policy-Instruments
(presenter and time TBC)

7.    Limitations and Frontiers: Concepts, Measures, and Applications
(presenter and time TBC)

 

Questions/Suggestions? Contact the organizing committee: 2021multidimensional@gmail.com