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As part of our CIRCLE & Sustainable Care seminar serieswe welcomed Dr Bephyer Parey from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago , to the University of Sheffield.

Monday 22nd February

Date: Monday 22nd February 2021

Online event:


Using Sen’s Capability Approach and Mixed Methods to Assess Wellbeing: The Case of Working-age Persons with Disabilities in Trinidad

Dr Bephyer Parey
Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago 

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All persons have the right to adequate wellbeing at all stages of life. Many persons however live in deprived conditions globally. While wellbeing can be measured in various ways, the paper favours Sen’s multidimensional capability approach. Via this approach wellbeing is assessed in accordance to the freedom people have to achieve functionings which are things people do or be in life, for example, being sufficiently nourished and being included in society. In the paper, wellbeing is assessed among working-age persons with disabilities in Trinidad. A multiphase mixed methods design with three phases is employed: (i) an exploratory phase, (ii) an instrument development phase, and (iii) a convergent design. Functionings of importance are identified in the exploratory phase and used to develop an instrument in the second phase. The instrument contains both closed- and open-ended questions that measure wellbeing and collect information on its hindering factors, respectively and is administered in the final phase. The results indicate that working-age persons with disabilities in Trinidad were deprived in many areas, some of which are usually not captured in traditional poverty assessments, and moreover, provides insights on the societal changes required to ensure adequate wellbeing among them. Overall, the paper demonstrates the usefulness of the capability approach and mixed methods to assess wellbeing.

Related publications

  1. Parey, B. (2020). Using Sen’s Capability Approach to Assess Wellbeing Achievement Among Working-age Persons with Disabilities in Trinidad. Social Indicators Research, 151(3):1129-1148. Full-text view-only version available here:
  1. Parey, B. (2021). Parents’ Perspectives on Wellbeing Among Children with Disabilities: Using Mixed Methods and Sen’s Capability Approach. Child Indicators Research. Full-text view-only version available here:

Dr Bephyer Parey

Dr Bephyer Parey is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). She was awarded a PhD in Social Policy in 2019 and holds a BSc in Mathematics and MSc in Statistics from the UWI. Dr Parey uses quantitative, qualitative, as well as mixed methods to pursue her broad research interests in disability, education, social care, and poverty. More information on Dr. Parey can be found at:

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