PhD studentship: Capabilities approach, gender and health

13 April 2011

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has a number of PhD studentships for UK and EU students funded by the UK ESRC under their programme in ‘Health and Wellbeing’.  The program consists of three pathways: Health Economics, Public Health Interventions, and Global Change and Health.

One of the PhD studentships in the Public Health Interventions pathway is earmarked for research on the capabilities approach.  The research should aim to integrate capabilities approach theory and practice, public health, gender studies, and development studies.  It is provisionally titled ‘Towards a new measure of gender justice: Operationalizing the Sen/Nussbaum capabilities approach as a means to evaluate development projects.’ The supervisors are Lori Heise and Sridhar Venkatapuram.  The PhD research will be multi-disciplinary.  We invite prospective students to contact the supervisors prior to making an application.

Lori Heise:
Sridhar Venkatapuram:

Further information about the program is available here.

Lecture Series: Enhancement and Genetic Modification

28 February 2010

The Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method of the LSE is delighted to invite you to the Auguste Comte Memorial Lectures 2010, which will be delivered by Professor Allen Buchanan (Duke University).

March 9, 6:30-8 pm Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, Clement House:

Biomedical Enhancement and the Ethics of Development

It is becoming possible to extend human capacities and perhaps even create new ones through the application of biomedical technologies. Putting biomedical enhancements in a historical context can help us avoid common misunderstandings of ethical issues.

To be followed by a reception at 8 pm in the Atrium (Main Building): open to all attendees.

March 10, 6:30-8pm Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, Clement House:

The Risks of Genetically Modifying Human Embryos or Gametes

Many consider genetic modification to be the riskiest mode of biomedical enhancement. The problem of unintended bad consequences is serious, but it is often misrepresented in terms of interference with the ‘wisdom of nature’ or the handiwork of the ‘master engineer’ of evolution.

The lectures are open to the public; no tickets are required.

Maps and directions here.
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