Building capacity on disability in low- and middle-income countries seminar series

As part of the new Oxford Network on Health Care Training, Social Justice & Technology, a seminar series is being started on “Building capacity on disability in low- and middle-income countries”. The first talk in the series will be given by Sridhar Venkatapuram, who’s done a huge amount of work with the capabilities approach. Details are below. All welcome!

‘Building capacity on disability in low- and middle-income countries’

An interdisciplinary seminar series

Hilary & Trinity Term 2016

5:00 – 6:30pm

Mawby Room, Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PN

This interdisciplinary seminar series, organised by the Oxford Network on Health Care Training, Social Justice & Technology aims to bring together scholars and stakeholders from across disciplines working on research related to disability and mental health disorders in low resource settings. Seminar series program:

First seminar: Tuesday, 22nd March, 5:00-6:30pm, Mawby Room, Kellogg College

Speaker: Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram, King’s College London

Why a health justice approach to disability in LMICs?

Considering the lived experience of people with mental and physical disabilities in resource poor settings brings into sharper relief some of the inadequacies in our practical and theoretical efforts at improving social and global equity. In this talk, I would like to argue how being born with a severe impairment in a LMIC does not constitute a case of double ‘bad luck’ but raises concerns about justice. Advocating a capabilities approach perspective, I will outline some of its basic components. And, I will compare and contrast its guidance on social action versus other approaches such as effective altruism, priority setting, and evidence based policies.

Biography: Sridhar Venkatapuram is a Lecturer in global health and philosophy, and Director of the MSc in Global Health & Social Justice. Sridhar’s research and expertise is in global/public health, human rights, ethics and philosophy. He aims to bridge normative reasoning, particularly about social justice, with relevant natural and social sciences related to human health. He is the author of Health Justice: An argument from the capabilities approach published in 2011 by Polity Press.

For further details, please contact Niall Winters or Anne Geniets .

Supported by the Learning & New Technologies Research Group, Department of Education, University of Oxford

Funded by the University of Oxford John Fell Fund

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