HDCA Summer School on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty, Netherlands

Deadline: 1 May 2011
Open to: PhD students, post-docs and economists with STATA skills and a background in quantitative methods
Dates and Venues: 24 August – 3 September 2011, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Costs and Scholarships: $750 USD for students and academic researchers based in low income countries, attendants may require for summer school fee, accommodation, air fare, conference support

HDCA Summer School on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty

Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford

24 August – 3 September 2011, Delft University of Technology

The purpose of this intensive summer school is to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature on the capability approach and on techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire-Foster methodology.

The summer school will be led by the researchers and director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), including Sabina Alkire, José Manuel Roche, Suman Seth, Gaston Yalonetzky, and Diego Zavaleta. Please see more detailed info here.


Pre-requisites: The summer school teaches quantitative techniques, hence a demonstrable knowledge of STATA is an absolute pre-requisite for attending the course, and exceptions will not be made. For those who are very familiar with SPSS, an online course on STATA must be completed prior to the summer school. Every attendant to the summer school will need to have STATA 9.2 or higher installed in his/her laptop. The software cannot be provided by the summer school.

Audience: The summer school is primarily addressed to PhD students, post-docs and economists (academic or professional – including those working in government or international institutions) who are working on or actively interested in pursuing research on multidimensional poverty and capability measurement or analysis. Applicants who are already at the stage of pursuing a research project are particularly welcome. Other candidates having a demonstrated research interest in empirical analysis in these topics can be considered on the basis of their experience and space availability.

Participants are required to have a background in quantitative methods (econometrics, statistics) and should be familiar with the capability approach and social science research methods. As the participants will undertake problem sets in the course of the summer school, participants without these qualifications cannot be accepted. The syllabus and background readings will be made available to participants prior to the summer school. Throughout the summer school, participants will be actively involved in discussions and problem-sets, and will be invited to present their research work as well as to share their experiences regarding different techniques of empirical analysis.


The course fee is $750 USD for students and academic researchers based in low income countries, as defined by the World Bank and $1,500 USD for other participants. In addition, participants will need to pay for very simple accommodation and meals.

Financial Support

Limited financial support will be available. Therefore, participants who require financial support should indicate:
a) if they require summer school fee support;
b) if they require accommodation/board support;
c) if they require air ticket support, and
d) whether they require HDCA conference support. They should specify the other sources of financial support they are seeking, and whether the financial support is essential or helpful. Competition for financial support will be strong; however well qualified and committed candidates are strongly encouraged to reply regardless of their financial situation. All scholarship recipients must attend the HDCA International Conference.


To apply, please send your CV and the following application form to: [email protected] PhD students should also provide an outline of their on-going research project (max. 500 words); others having a particular project may share this. The deadline for application is 1 May 2011. The selection of candidates tends to be quite competitive. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided in their application. The candidates selected will receive an e-mail notification of the decision starting 1 June 2011 to allow time to secure visa and cheap air tickets.

For further information, please write to [email protected]

The official webpage.

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