Why capabilities: A multi-dimensional agency approach.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 10:30 to 12:30
1st Floor, Seminar Room, An Foras Feasa, Iontas Building, North Campus, Maynooth University.

Research workshop on: 'Why capabilities: A multi-dimensional agency approach'.

Prof. Barbara Hobson (Stockholm University) will draw from examples from her recent book on work-life balance and her current project on migration and unskilled work to discuss the following issues:
--Capabilities: Bridging the macro and micro?
--Challenges in operationalizing capabilities in qualitative and quantitative research
--Workplaces/workplace organization: new dimensions for applying capabilities
--Gendering capabilities: work, employment and family
--Capabilities and complex inequalities: migration, decent work and well-being
- Which capabilities matter in the global economy?

If you would like to take part in the workshop, please rsvp to rossella.ciccia@mu.ie by Monday. April 28th.
Barbara Hobson holds a chair in Sociology with a specialization in comparative gender studies.  Her general research area is in political sociology, including the subfields of Citizenship and Welfare Regimes; Social Movements; Recognition and Diversity. She has been a coordinator and partner in several international research projects. For the past five years,she has been researcher leader in FP6 Network of Excellence: Applying Sen's Capabilities and agency framework to gender, work and welfare states and coordinator for a European Science Foundation project: The Changing Relationship between work, welfare and gender equality in Europe: Developing a capabilities approach to transitions using quantitative and qualitative cross-national comparison between and within European countries.
Her current research project builds upon earlier projects and research on gender, diversity and citizenship: Do Welfare Regimes Matter: Migration and care/domestic work in two institutional contexts: Sweden and Spain, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, 2012-2014.
She is a founding editor and a current editor of Social Politics: International Studies of Gender, State and Society