My work looks at problems relating to social and economic justice, the ethics and politics of development, comparative capitalism and welfare states, and human development ethics and governance. A particular interest is the link between institutions and well-being, and in the formative role of motivational theories and statistical measurement in comparative public policy.
I have carried out surveys and comparative research on the role of social and economic institutions in human motivation and economic development in a range of middle and high income countries, and have consulted for a number of global organisations on public approaches to economic security.
In the field of basic income studies, I am known for my advocacy of a broader humanist, democratic defence that sets this reform in the context of a human development perspective on freedom and governance. See more information here.
This perspective is exemplified in my most recent book, The Case for Basic Income (2019), in which I look at the role of developmental institutions in democratic development and introduce the notion of humanist governance to account for the social sources of freedom in society.
I currently have four other books forthcoming with Palgrave and Routledge on the topics of basic income and comparative democratic development. See details of books here.
Talks and Presentations
Debate: “Should We Introduce a Universal Basic Income?”
Robot Stage at Web Summit Lisbon, Portugal, 7 November 2017 I was an invited speaker to the 2017 Web Summit, the ...
Basic Income and Human Development
'Basic Income and Human Development' presented at theDebating Basic Income all-day workshop at Nuffield College, Universityof Oxford, 10th June 2019, ...
Health Equity, Welfare State Development and Basic Income Policies in Europe
'Health Equity, Welfare State Development and BasicIncome Policies in Europe', presented 11th June at the High-levelConference on Health Equity – ...
Basic Income and the Nordic Model
Nordic Conference on Basic Income Pilots (webpage) Christiansborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22-23 September 2016. The two-day Nordic Conference on Basic Income ...
Basic Income and Democratisation
Café Economique at Leeds, 5 March 2019 Café Economiqueis an initiative in Leeds, UK, that aims to educate the public ...
The Ethics and Economics of Basic Income Revisited
18th Basic Income Earth Network Congress (webpage) Tampere, Finland, 25-27 August 2018 My plenary address at 2018 BIEN Congress in ...
Debate: “This House Supports a Universal Basic Income”
Cambridge Union, Cambridge University, 26 April 2018 Invited by the Cambridge Unionto argue in favor of a basic income for the ...
Panel on Universal Basic Income
King’s Transnational Law Summit King’s College London, UK, 10-13 April 2018 The King’s Transnational Law Summit (KTLS18), organized around the theme ...
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Recent Media appearances
Universal Basic Income – Can it work?
Universal Basic Income
Basic Income should be seen as a democratic right – not a solution to unemployment
Basic Income’s Radical Role
Basic Income and Institutional Transformation
Brave New Europe
Basic Income: the best response to the new world of work?
Universal Basic Income – Has its Time Come?
All media appearances
UBI policies and their potential for addressing health inequities
The Developmental Social Contract and Basic Income in Denmark
Public Ownership within Varieties of Capitalism: Regulatory Foundations for Welfare and Freedom
The Political Economy of Governance Capacity and Institutional Change: The Case of Universal Income Security Reform in European Welfare States
Introduction: Basic Income In European Welfare States: Opportunities And Constraints
The Case for Universal Basic Income
Living in Dignity in the Twenty-First Century – Poverty and inequality in societies of human rights: the paradox of democracies
Citizenship, Labour Markets and Democratization: Chile and the Modern Sequence