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, ...
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 ...
Inauguration BIEN Iceland
https://basicincome.org/news/2016/12/iceland-launch-biens-icelandic-affiliate-dec-10/ Event held March 2017
Round-table participant, UNDP Global Social Protection Summit
Haagh, L. Round-table participant, UNDP Global Social Protection Summit, Panel Transitioning out of emergency transfers: what's next for UBI? October 6th, 2020 ...
Basic Income, Health Constitution and Governance Coherence for Human Development
Haagh, L., ‘Basic Income, Health Constitution and Governance Coherence for Human Development’ to lead the session Welfare State Innovation: Universal Basic ...
‘The Case for Universal Basic Income’. Lecture in the Gerhart Centre GC Webinar Series
Haagh, L. ‘The Case for Universal Basic Income’. Lecture in the Gerhart Centre GC Webinar Series, The Aftermath of the COVID 19: ...