Empowerment and Collective Capabilities

In recent years, a growing body of literature adopted the capability approach and sought to analyze its links to collective action, empowerment and community mobilization. The aim of this group is to provide a forum for discussion among scholars, practitioners and also policymakers working on these issues. It enriches the intellectual debate on the multiple ‘spaces’ of human capabilities and seeks to extend the analysis of human capabilities from the individual to the collectivity, while at the same time accounting for the limitations that collectivities can pose to individual freedoms. This thematic group is meant to bring academics and practitioners together, in an attempt to exchange experiences in conceptualizing and applying the capability approach on the collective/ communal level. It will also promote research collaboration between academics and practitioners on policy relevant topics such as empowerment.


Thi Hoang Mai Dao
University of Versailles/Vietnam Institute of Economics, Viet Nam

Solava Ibrahim

Cristina Santos
Open University, UK
Cristina is currently the Director of the Innovation, Knowledge, and Development (IKD) research group, and a member of the Capabilities Measurement Project IKD supports. Her published research has focused on human development, intra-household gendered inequalities and the role of policy in perpetuating or mitigating these inequalities.

Paola Velasco Herrejón
Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge
Paola's research focuses on indigenous led participation for the development of renewable energy projects. Her previous experience includes working at the Women’s National Institute in Mexico, and as Corporate Social Responsibility coordinator of a wind energy firm.