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Skills2capabilities Project at the 2023 HDCA Conference in SOFIA

The Bulgarian team of the Skills2Capabilities project and project associates presented four papers and a poster at the HDCA Annual Conference “Vulnerability, human development and cooperative re-building in turbulent times”, September 11-13, 2023 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Paper 1: Bridging the capability approach and the status model of recognition: Can macro-opportunity structures mitigate individual structural vulnerabilities regarding participation in higher education? by Pepka Boyadjieva and Petya Ilieva-Trichkova, IPS-BAS

Paper 2: The importance of internet use for participation in adult education in Europe by Rumiana Stoilova and Petya Ilieva-Trichkova, IPS-BAS

Paper 3: The vulnerability of spectral entrepreneurs: The case of Stolipinovo by Georgi Medarov, IPS-BAS

Paper 4: Capabilities for home-based workers in Bulgaria by Petya Klimentova, IPS-BAS

Poster: Vulnerability in times of a pandemic: Evidence from Bulgarians 50+ by Ralitsa Dimitrova, IPS-BAS

A truly global event, the conference was hosted by the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” with more than 300 participants from 60 countries from Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, South and North America. On behalf of the Organising and Programme Committees, the conference was opened by Prof. Pepka Boyadjieva, a member of the Skills2Capabilities. A special guest

speaker at the opening ceremony was the Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov, Booker International prize winner for 2023. A keynote speech was delivered by the eminent American philosopher Martha Nussbaum. The conference hosted 8 plenary sessions by notable keynote speakers, high-level panel discussions, and 80 parallel sessions. The conference format was hybrid, mostly in-person, but also with online and hybrid sessions. More information about the conference is available here:2023 HDCA Conference – Sofia, Bulgaria | Human Development and Capability Association (hd-ca.org)