The Capability and Education Network (CAEN) began meeting in 2003 and became the HDCA Education Thematic Group in 2005.  It aims at promoting and supporting: (i) the work of scholars, students and practitioners using the capability approach in the field of education; and (ii) the work of the HDCA.  The network is open to HDCA members and non-members alike to discuss work in progress and emerging new ideas and it is a particularly useful forum for students, academics and practitioners to share their work with a wider audience.  The Education thematic group provides an opportunity to share your own contributions to the field with fellow members and also to develop new national and international partnerships.  If you wish to plan a local or regional event then please share your news via this webpage.  We welcome new and existing members to contribute ideas to take this popular thematic group forward as we embark on the second decade since its inception.  Please do check out the publications section of the HDCA website and if you are aware of publications that are not currently mentioned do let us know.


Alejandra Boni Aristizabal (Sandra)
Universitat Politécnica de València, Spain

Frédérique Brossard Børhaug
NLA University College, Norway
Frédérique is an Associate Professor teaching Intercultural Education for BA’s and Master’s students. She works on Ethics and Anti-Racist Education in French and Norwegian multicultural school contexts, on the Human Development and Capability Approach (HDCA), on Inclusion of minority youth, and on VaKE-didactics (Values and Knowledge Education) in intercultural teaching.

Firdevs Melis Cin
Lancaster University, UK
Melis is a Lecturer in Education and Social Justice. Her research centers on gender justice, education, and development, with particular focus on issues regarding women’s development through education, the relationship between education and women’s agency and empowerment, and girls’ education.

Merridy Wilson-Strydom
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Merridy is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development (CRHED)  where she coordinates the residential doctoral programme. Her research is focused on higher education, social justice and students’ lives, with a particular emphasis on access and equity into and through university at the undergraduate level.