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
Keynote at the AGM of the Citizens Advice Bureau
Haagh, L., Keynote at the AGM of the Citizens Advice Bureau, North Yorkshire, York City Council, 15th October 2019 https://www.citizensadviceyork.org.uk/2019/09/19/agm-citizens-advice-york/
Universal basic Income
Universal Basic Income, Tuesday 2 July 2019. North Yorkshire Humanists
Debate about UBI in relation to the labour movement – 25th March https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyrrv-n9bvk&feature=youtu.be
The Intellectual History of Universal Basic Income, Plenary Panel Debate and paper
Haagh 14th January 2019, University of Cambridge, Panel Debate, at Conference - The Intellectual History of Universal Basic Income, Plenary ...
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, ...
Fabian Society roundtable
Haagh, L. Speaker at Fabian Society roundtable – with Alfie Stirling, New Economics Foundation, Stewart Lansley - http://www.stewartlansley.co.uk/, Lord Adonis, former Cabinet Minister under Tony ...
Key-note, AGM of Basic Income Ireland
Haagh, L., Key-note, AGM of Basic Income Ireland, Dublin, 16th November 2019 Basic Income Ireland presents Basic Income, Social Justice and Sustainability – Key-note by Louise ...