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15:00 - 16:30 1 December 2017

A Capability Toolbox for Education: informational spaces, rankings and indicators


Upper Meeting Room | 36 Gordon Square (link Map)
London International Development Centre | 36 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PD | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Flavio Comin, Universitat Ramon Llull & University of Cambridge, Dr Flavio Comim is affiliated Lecturer in Human Development and Ecosystems in the department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. Flavio is a consultant for the following bodies: FAO for producing their Country Programme Framework in Brazil; the Coordination of the United Nations in Brazil for assessing the 2007- 2011 UNDAF and for preparing the 2012-2015 UNDAF paper; and for the UNDP Panama – Analysis of Panama as a Middle Income Country. He is also a referee for the European Research Council and the Templeton Foundation.

CEID Capabilities, Education and Development Seminar

The world of evaluation of students' performance and education systems has been struck by two academic storms in the last decade: econometric impact evaluations and ethnographic studies. Whereas much has been learned about what works in education, there are still considerable remaining gaps in the choice and use of indicators that reflect an amazing disregard for pedagogical issues when examining education issues. Within this context, this talks adopts a positive attitude in this debate, bringing a set of tools, based on the Capability Approach, to help academics and policy-makers to assess and design better education systems. Starting with pluralistic informational spaces it moves into the world of rankings, partial rankings and meta-rankings (as advocated by Amartya Sen) and proposes a capability-inspired and pedagogically-informed methodology to improve education outcomes and human development.


Rosie Peppin Vaughan
+44 (0) 207 612 6331 | rosie.peppinvaughan@ucl.ac.uk