HDCA conference 2011

Main conference: September 6-8th, 2011
Amartya Sen lecture: evening of September 5th, 2011

The Hague, international city of of peace and justice,
is proud to host the 2011 conference of the
organized by the
in collaboration with the:
Winner of the Kuklys Prize for the best conference paper of a graduate student:
Nicolai Suppa with his paper ‘Does Capability Deprivation Hurt?’

Slideshow of all photos taken at 2011 HDCA conference: here.

3.5 days, 7 pre-conf. events, 422 abstracts submitted, 230 presentations, 375 registered participants
Diverse & international audience at HDCA2011. From >40 countries & very different disciplines
New for the HDCA: poster presentations.
A great success according to the presenters!
As always: it’s presentations & people that make the conference. A lot of interaction, perspiration & inspiration at HDCA2011!

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Theme of the 2011 HDCA conference will be ‘Innovation, Development & Human Capabilities’
Bringing about human development for all is a challenge. It is not sufficient to investigate how human capabilities are expanded or diminished by our current policies, institutional arrangements, incentive structures, social practices, infrastructures and technologies. Grounded in our understanding of these realities, we also need to be creative and innovative in order to bring about change. The 2011 conference theme Innovation, Development and Human Capabilities is an invitation to discuss and reflect on this. Whether it concerns social or technological innovation, grassroots innovation or innovation policy: to make innovation truly work for human development, input from different angles is needed. We thus expect speakers and papers from a wide variety of disciplines. While innovation is the thematic focus of the 2011 HDCA conference, we naturally also welcome papers on other aspects of human development and the capability approach.


Call for papers
The call for papers can be downloaded here.

Submissions can be entered at www.conftool.net/hdca_conference_2011.
If you have questions, please contact us at {encode=”hdca@ethicsandtechnology.eu” title=”hdca@ethicsandtechnology.eu”}.

Important deadlines

  • Submission of proposals: March 15th 2011
  • Announcement of acceptance/rejection: May 15th 2011
  • Registration with early�bird-fee: July 22nd 2011
  • Full contributions for conference CD: Aug. 7th 2011 (instructions here)
  • Registration with latecomer-fee: August 15th 2011

Opportunity to publish your paper
We encourage papers presented at the conference to be submitted for publication in the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. This HDCA-owned journal is a peer reviewed multi-disciplinary journal for people-centered development. See http://www.hd-ca.org (‘About Us’ section) for more information on the journal and on how to submit your paper.


  • Plenary panel session by UNDP – Tuesday Sept. 6th, opening
    “Human Development Report 2011: Sustainability & Equity”
    * Jeni Klugman, HDR Office
    * others to be announced
  • Prof. Martha Nussbaum – Tuesday Sept. 6th, afternoon
    “Women and the Internet: Objectification and Human Capabilities”
    Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is one of the past presidents of the HDCA and, together with Amartya Sen, the founder of the capability approach. She is the author of many books, including Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011) and Frontiers of Justice – Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006)(both Harvard University Press).
    Commentator: Ineke Buskens, leader of the GRACE network on gender research in Africa into ICTs for empowerment
  • Prof. Melissa Leach – Wednesday Sept. 7th, morning
    “Innovation, Sustainability, Development: Manifestos and Movements”
    Melissa Leach is director of the STEPS centre (University of Sussex), which brings together development studies with science and technology studies. In June 2010 the STEPS centre launched “Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto“, after an extensive international consultation process. Some of the ideas behind the New Manifesto can also be found in her 2006 pamphlet with STEPS co-director Ian Scoones: “The Slow Race – Making Technology Work for the Poor“.
    Commentator: Prof. Luc Soete, Director of UNU-MERIT (the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Center on Innovation and Technology)
  • Speaker closing lecture t.b.a.Thursday Sept. 8th, afternoon

See also the Amartya Sen Lecture and the Haq Memorial Lecture.


Evening of Monday, September 5th, 2011
Coffee + tea from 19.00 onwards, start lecture 19.45

At the 2011 conference of the HDCA, the 1st Annual Amartya Sen Lecture will be held. Supported by the UNDP Human Development Report Office, this new lecture series celebrates Amartya Sen‘s important contributions to the fields of human development and capability. It will focus on themes from Sen�s wide ranging contributions to these areas, ranging from his work on capability and freedom to his related works in areas such as democracy, development, gender, liberty, welfare, poverty, famines and social choice.

The 2011 Amartya Sen Lecture will be held by Prof. Tony Atkinson.
Title: “Public Economics after The Idea of Justice

Prof. Atkinson is currently professor of economics at the University of Oxford. During his career he has made many contributions in the areas of economics of income distribution, microeconomics, public economics, and poverty and security. There is an inequality measure named after him: the Atkinson index.

We are pleased and honored to announce that Prof. Amartya Sen himself will attend the lecture and comment on it.

Preceding the Sen lecture: HDCA president’s remarks by Kaushik Basu

Reception after the lecture
After the lecture, the HDCA conference participants are cordially invited for a reception to celebrate the start of the conference.

Afternoon of Wednesday September 7th 2011

The biennial Mahbub-ul-Haq Memorial Lecture is given by a leading academic or practitioner who has made important contributions to the field of Human Development, broadly understood. The lecture commemorates the contribution of Mahbub-ul-Haq to this field.

The 2011 Haq Memorial Lecture will be given by Prof. Thomas Pogge.
Title: “The Health Impact Fund as a Justice-enhancing Institutional Innovation”

Prof. Pogge is the Director of the Global Justice Program and Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University. Amongst others he is the author of Politics as Usual: What Lies behind the Pro-Poor Rhetoric (Cambridge: Polity Press 2010) and World Poverty and Human Rights: Cosmopolitan Responsibilities and Reforms (Cambridge: Polity Press 2008; second, expanded edition).

Commentator: Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs at the New School.

Download 2011 HDCA conference program
(including all abstracts for each session)

Planning of the HDCA thematic group meetings

A number of related events will take place before HDCA conference. Participants of the HDCA conference may be interested in registering for one of those events as well. These are:

  • Summer school on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty
    Wed. Aug. 24th – Sat. Sept. 3rd. Location: Delft University of Technology.
    Organized by OPHI (Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative). You can find detailed info here. The application deadline has already passed.
  • Seminar “The Offensive Internet – Speech, Privacy and Reputation”
    Sat. Sept. 3, afternoon. Location: Delft
    Seminar with Martha Nussbaum on her new edited volume The Offensive Internet – Speech, Privacy and Reputation (co-editor: Saul Levmore). Organized by Jeroen van den Hoven and {encode=”J.F.C.Timmermans@tudelft.nl” title=”Job Timmermans”}, TU Delft. For more information, click here.
  • HDCA pre-conference public lecture by Martha Nussbaum
    Mon. Sept. 5th, 10.30 – 12.00. Location: ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague
    Martha Nussbaum will speak about her new book “Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach“. Organized by {encode=”l.h.siruno@tudelft.nl” title=”Lalaine Siruno”}, 3TU.Ethics / TU Delft, in collaboration with the ISS. For photos and audio recordings of this lecture, please see here.
  • UNDP consultation meeting on next Human Development Report
    Mon. Sept. 5th, 5-7pm. Location: THIGJ
    This meeting is on invitation only.
  • Expert Workshop on ICT4Development (ICT4D) & the CA
    Mon. Sept. 5th, 3-5 pm. Location: IICD.
    For more information, see here.
  • Workshop Teaching Human Development
    Mon. Sept. 5th, 9 am – 5 pm. Location: Delft University of Technology
    This is an event for those engaged in teaching, organized by Severine Deneulin. The event is now fully subscribed.
  • Workshop Human Rights & Human Dev.m.: Foundations & Issues
    Mon. Sept. 5th, 9 am – 4 pm. Location: THIGJ
    Organized by the HDCA human rights thematic group, in order to celebrate 25 years of the Declaration on the Right to Development. For more information, please click here.

Sen lecture and pre-conference events
The conference registration process will include registration for the Amartya Sen lecture. For other pre-conference events both conference participants and non-conference participants are required to register separately. Please see the activity in question for further instructions.

Conference fee
Due to the current euro-dollar exchange rate, this year’s conference is unfortunately relatively expensive for participants from the USA. The ‘early bird’ conference fee – in dollars, as the HDCA office in Boston is taking care of the registration process – has been set at

  • 428 dollar for senior scholars from the North
  • 200 dollar for PhD / master students and scholars from the South

European participants should note that, for example, a fee of 428 dollar would come down to only 300 euro with the exchange rate on April 7th 2011.

Please note: the ‘early bird’ fee applies only until July 22nd 2011. After July 22nd, the fee will be 500 respectively 270 dollar. Registration will close on August 15th.

Included in the fee:
The fee will include a conference package, 3 lunches and 7 coffee/tea breaks and a reception after the Amartya Sen lecture. It also includes a one-year membership of the HDCA, which in turn includes -amongst others- subscription to the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities for a year.

We have acquired some funding for scholarships to enable authors of accepted contributions from developing countries to attend. The contact person from the local organization committee concerning scholarships is {encode=”l.h.siruno@tudelft.nl” title=”Lalaine Siruno”}. She will contact the people who are eligible for a scholarship as soon as possible, please have some patience.

For the location of the pre-conference events, see the information on the event in question.

Location of Amartya Sen lecture (evening Sept. 5th 2011):

De Nieuwe Kerk
Spui 175

How to get there: The walking distance to the Nieuwe Kerk from The Hague Central Station is approximately 10 minutes.

Location of the main conference (Sept. 6-8th 2011):

Bel Air Hotel Den Haag
Johan de Wittlaan 30
E: {encode=”info@belairhotel.nl” title=”info@belairhotel.nl”}
T: +31(0)70-3525354

How to get there: tram 17 from The Hague Central Train Sation in the direction of “Statenkwartier” (stop: “Gemeentemuseum / Museon”).

Map with location of events and hotels in The Hague
Green pins: event location. Red pins: conference hotel. Yellow placemarks: print shops. Purple areas: many restaurants.

View Locations for HDCA conference 2011 in a larger map

For a downloadable city map (PDF, 4.7 MB) offering an overview of the city including a street finder, listings of main attractions, embassies and much more: click here.

Reduced rate &a rooms in option for participants
Please see our conference map for more information on the location of these conference hotels and on how to travel between the hotel and the conference venue.

BelAir hotel (= the conference venue) – download the reservation form (130 rooms in option) and mail this to the hotel, or mention “TU Delft” or “HDCA conferenc” when making your reservation by phone.

  • Standard single room: �125/night, including breakfast
  • Standard double room: �137/night, including breakfast

Best Western Hotel Petit (walking distance / tram 17) – Contact the hotel by {encode=”petit@bestwestern.nl” title=”e-mail”} and mention “TU Delft conference” as the reason for your visit.

  • 1-person room: �120/night, incl. breakfast + free Wifi (10 rooms in option)
  • 2-person room: �135/night, incl. breakfast + free Wifi (5 rooms in option)
  • 3-person room: �160/night, including breakfast + free Wifi
  • 4-person room: �185/night, including breakfast + free Wifi

Delta Hotel (tram 17) – Contact the hotel by {encode=”dhdh@xs4all.nl” title=”e-mail”} and refer to the HDCA / TU Delft Conference

  • 1-person: �77/night, excl. breakfast a �7,50 p.p. (6 rooms in option)
  • 2-person: �85/night, excl. breakfast a �7,50 p.p. (4 rooms in option)
  • 3-person: �130/night, excl. breakfast a �7,50 p.p. (2 rooms in option)

Hampshire Hotel (tram 17) – Contact the hotel by {encode=”info@hampshire-denhaag.nl” title=”e-mail”} and mention “TU Delft conference” as the reason for your visit.

  • Single room � 90/night, incl. breakfast & wifi ( 5 rooms in option)
  • Double/twin � 105/night, incl. breakfast & wifi (10 rooms in option)

Hotel Sebel (tram 17) – Contact the hotel by {encode=”info@hotelsebel.nl” title=”e-mail”} and refer to the HDCA / TU Delft Conference.

  • 1-person room: � 80/night, including breakfast
  • 2-person room: � 100/night, including breakfast

Other hotels

The following hotels are not offering a reduced rate at conference participants or keeping rooms in option for them. If you would like to stay at one of these hotels, please contact the hotel in question through their usual reservation procedures.


A-Z Practicalities
A document with practical information about banking, public transport, etc. in The Netherlands / The Hague can be found here.

Public transport
You can reach many destinations within The Hague easily by tram. See here for details on routes and timetables. An OV-chipcard is needed to travel by bus or tram. A brochure with more information can be downloaded here. The OV-chipcard can also be used for traveling by train, although the Dutch Railways at this moment still also sells separate (paper) train tickets. You are strongly recommended to use public transport between Schiphol Airport and The Hague, as taxis are very expensive in The Netherlands.



Organization committee
The local organization committee consists of the following people from Delft University of Technology / 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology:

  • Ilse Oosterlaken, main conference manager
  • {encode=”l.h.siruno@tudelft.nl” title=”Lalaine Siruno”}, pre-conference events, scholarships, visa applications & Kuklys Prize
  • {encode=”H.C.Filiz-Piekhaar@tudelft.nl” title=”Henneke Filiz-Piekhaar”}, conference secretariat

Conference chairs
This HDCA conference is organized by staff of TU Delft / 3TU.Ethics. However, anticipating on recent plans of TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam (together with Leiden University) to collaborate more in the future, two people will act as co-chair of the conference:

As Ingrid Robeyns is an HDCA Fellow and widely acknowledged scholar in the area of the capability approach, it is a great pleasure for TU Delft / 3TU.Ethics to be able to collaborate with her on this HDCA conference.




Partners are organizations that act as a co-organizer for some part of the conference.

Main partner:
The Hague Institute for Global Justice
Other partners:
Institute for Social Studies


Sponsoring may be either financial or in kind, e.g. by providing some resource at no cost to conference participants.


Delft University of Technology
Municipality of The Hague


The World Bank / Latin America & Caribbean


imageCAPPE –
Centre for
Philosophy &
Public Ethics
Cornell University
Taylor & Francis


imageISVW – Internationale
School voor
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