SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Connecting Capabilities: the HDCA Conference 2019


Date: 9 September 2019Time: 8:00 AM

Finishes: 11 September 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Institute of Education Room: Logan Hall, Jeffery Hall and multiple rooms

Type of Event: Conference

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

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), the 2019 HDCA Program Committee cordially invites scholars, government policy makers, practitioners and other interested parties from all over the world to participate in the 2019 HDCA conference.  Original empirical research, theoretical issues, case-studies or reports of experiences, or findings from major research projects, and book panels relevant to conference theme or more broadly related to human development/capabilities approach will be presented.

The theme for the HDCA 2019 conference in London 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.

Call for Papers

Please submit your proposal for the conference, via the submission site by February 25, 2019 ( using the appropriate form. The submission portal will open on December 10th 2018. If you encounter problems with the online submissions system, please email the conference organisers at:

In order to ensure academic quality, all submissions will be reviewed by two reviewers, at least one of whom is an HDCA Fellow or a senior researcher in the field.

Important deadlines

February 25, 2019 – Submission of proposals and scholarship applications

April 15, 2019 – Announcement of acceptance/rejection

April 30, 2019 – Deadline for scholarship applications

June 15, 2019 – Deadline for conference registration at early-bird rates

July 15, 2019 – Submission of full papers/posters and entries for the UCL Grand Challenges and Kuklys prizes

August 22, 2019 – Final deadline for conference registration at standard rates