45 minutes overview of the capability approach

by Ingrid Robeyns on June 26, 2023

I’ve been largely absent here – wrapping up my editorial work on two academic volumes and the various rounds of edits on the popular book on limitarianism. I promise I’ll be back with substantive posts by late August (after resting and travelling). In the meantime, I thought I might share this 45 minutes podcast episode in which I give an overview of the capability approach. Jack Simpson conducted this interview with me quite a while ago, but it only got released last week (congratulations on getting your PhD-degree in the meantime, Jack!).

Jack not only asked me to explain some things, but also asked me several times for “my take on” strenghts/weaknesses/inspiring examples in this literature – which is fun to talk about, since these are the kind of things you never put in an academic article.

Available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, via RSS, or one of the other platforms that airs this podcast.

Looking forward to the next episodes of Jack’s podcast The Capability Approach in Conversation.



MisterMr 06.27.23 at 4:25 pm

Is there a written version too, for those of us who have problems following spoken English?


Ingrid Robeyns 06.27.23 at 7:20 pm

MisterMr – I am sorry, but there is no such version. Perhaps someone has software that can put sound to text, but I don’t, and I also don’t have the time to write it out.


John Q 06.29.23 at 8:22 am

Hi Ingrid,

I have much the same problem as MisterMr. I can deal with text much better than spoken word in any language. I never listen to podcasts or watch videos (except those that show “how to fix it”).

If you could provide a link that would allow me to download the podcast, I think I can do a transcription.

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