A capability-approach perspective on regional development

Maria Abreu, Flavio Comim, Calvin Jones

Research output: Indexed journal article Comment/debate


We argue for a broader and more deliberative regional policymaking process that can be used to better identify the needs of diverse left-behind communities and develop appropriate policies. We argue that the capability approach’s quintessentially inclusive and broad scope, and focus on real opportunities, agency, and process might better address the challenges of regional development. We use these insights to lay out a practical guide for how the capability approach could be used in policymaking, breaking down the implementation approach into steps, and providing examples from a variety of contexts to show how each step might be achieved in practice.

Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Studies
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2023


  • agency
  • capability approach
  • left-behind places
  • regional development
  • regional policy


Dive into the research topics of 'A capability-approach perspective on regional development'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this