Center for Interdisziplinary Research

ZiF Summer School 2017

A Fuzzy Set Approach to Multidimensional Poverty Measurement

1 - 8 August 2017

Convenors: Ullrich Bauer (Bielefeld, GER), ZoŽ Clark (Hamburg, GER), Hans-Uwe Otto (Bielefeld, GER), Antoanneta Potsi (Bielefeld, GER)

This summer school introduces to a multi-disciplinary audience of early stage researchers (PhD students & postdocs) the Fuzzy Set Approach, a cutting-edge alternative to traditional means of poverty measurement which goes beyond binary and monetarist models of poverty and offers new perspectives and methods of analysing the relative levels of welfare within and between societies. Up to now, the knowledge of the theory and the application of the Fuzzy Set Approach has been limited to a small number of economists. This summer school will broaden the access to this innovative method of poverty measurement and it will enable early stage social scientists to deepen their understanding of the concept and function of the Fuzzy Set Approach to multidimensional poverty measurement. The summer school combines theoretical lectures and applied workshops with demonstrations of the theory and a number of hands-on exercises to test and refine the participants' understanding of the Fuzzy Set Theory. By the end of the summer school, young researchers are expected to have developed an indepth understanding of how Fuzzy Set Approach measurement works, to be capable of using the Fuzzy Set Approach for their own purposes and have obtained a supportive interdisciplinary and international network for future collaborations.

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