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Cambridge has been home to many researchers working on the Capability Approach. In 2016 we launched a new series of annual capability conferences along similar lines as the early capability conferences that we initiated back in 2001. The main objective was to recreate the intimate intellectual atmosphere, in-depth discussions and time for exchanges, having one hour per paper and no parallel sessions. The results of last year's meeting were beyond our expectations in terms of academic interaction and outputs and a book with the best papers of last year's conference is forthcoming in 2017 with Cambridge University Press.

This year, to celebrate the launch of Professor Amartya Sen's extended edition of 'Collective Choice and Social Welfare' we have invited Professor Wulf Gaertner, one of the most distinguished Social Choice scholars in the world, to be the key-note speaker of the conference. Prof. Gaertner is renowned for his introductory book to Social Choice and for his leadership in the field of Empirical Social Choice, as well as for his contribution to non-consequentialist models of Social Choice.

The conference will be hosted by the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge (Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road) during 19-21 June 2017. There will be a symbolic conference fee of £10. Abstracts (max 500 words) or full papers (max 8000 words) to be sent to Dr Flavio Comim (

Deadline: 17 APRIL 2017. The selection of the best papers will be carried out by a committee integrated by Dr Flavio Comim, Dr Shailaja Fennell and Dr P B Anand. Preference will be given to full papers and to papers exploring the link between Social Choice and the Capability Approach. However, all papers relevant to the Capability Approach field are welcome. We hope to publish a book with the best 2017 CCC papers.

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We are delighted and proud to see that the Centre has gone from no.8 (2015) to no.6 (2016) to no.4 (2017) in the field of Development Studies in the QS Survey. This would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work from everyone within the Centre.