The “Universal Basic Income” or UBI (also known as a “Citizen’s Income”, or CI) is an intriguing idea now attracting increasing attention from both left and right wings of the political spectrum, and from both rich and poorer countries.
Proponents can produce some cogent, immensely attractive arguments in favour – but opponents some equally cogent hard-headed objections that it is simply unworkable, or unaffordable. There is room for a great deal more research – so it is good to know that a Danish university is offering a grant for a fully funded PhD fellowship financed by Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF):
In recent years Basic Income has arisen across the world as a response to such diverse challenges as poverty, ineffective public sectors, structural unemployment, a heralded ecological disaster, and the rise of the robots.
At the heart of Basic Income we see a libertarian dream of individual freedom and creativity united with a socialist dream of fundamental economic redistribution. On the edges of the discussions lurk such issues as border and immigration policy. And a few steps further out; scenarios found in Sci-Fi – take such examples as sea steading, societies free of bureaucracy, or the settlement of Mars.
We invite applicants from anthropology, philosophy, economy, literature studies or history who can formulate an empirically founded project within this broad framework. Independent thinking and quirky projects will be appreciated as much as intellectual flexibility and willingness to work across disciplinary boundaries.
More information here
- Is Finland’s basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs? (Guardian)
- Universal basic income ‘useless’, says Finland’s biggest union (The Independent)
- Canada is betting on a universal basic income to help cities gutted by manufacturing job loss (Quartz)
- Indian government survey says universal basic income could combat poverty
- Scottish government ‘interested’ in universal basic income (BBC News)
- Universal basic income ‘worrying and expensive’
- Korea: New presidential candidate promises universal basic income (Basic Income News)
- “Being open-minded about universal basic income” (World Bank blog)
- Economists Are Not Very Enthusiastic About The Idea Of A Universal Basic Income (Co.Exist)