HDCP-IRC - The Human Development, Capability and Poverty International Research Centre - Pavia
Launched in the year 2006 and promoted by the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia (IUSS) – the HDCP-IRC represents an innovative project in the academic world, namely the creation of a multidisciplinary forum for scientific research and high-quality training activities in the field of human development and capability.
The HDCP-IRC's activities are carried out within the theoretical framework of the capability approach as formulated by 1998 Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, and include the study of topics such as the quality of life, poverty, inequality, global justice, gender issues and sustainable development.
The secretariat of the HDCP-IRC is situated in the Collegio Giasone del Maino.
Overall aim of the HDCP-IRC
The overall aim of the HDCP-IRC is to promote and undertake scientific research and high-quality training in the fields of human development and capability.
Three main characteristics of the HDCP-IRC
- A strong international vocation
- A multidisciplinary approach
- A thorough study of theory, measurement issues and public policy initiatives
Main activities of the HDCP-IRC
- Promoting academic research activities in the interconnected areas of human development and capability
- Undertaking high-quality training activities
- Setting up international and multidisciplinary PhD programmes
- Encouraging academic exchanges
- Supporting the activities of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) (HDCA pamphlet)
- Taking active part in the Mediterranean network of the Centres for Advanced Studies and Research
HDCP-IRC’s main topics of research
The HDCP-IRC is concentrating its research and training activities on issues related to the fields of human development and capability, such as:
- Quality of life
- Sustainable human development
- Human rights and distributive justice
- Poverty and inequality
- Gender issues
- Global justice
- Human security