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17th Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Conference

by Troy Henderson on March 24, 2017

17th BIEN Congress, Portugal

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Dates: 25-27 September 2017


25 September: Portuguese National Parliament

26 and 27 September: ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon

Portuguese Basic Income Week: 25-30 September 2017

Today basic income attracts the public’s attention as a potentially fair and realistic public policy. We can see this attention as important political parties in Europe have adopted the unconditional basic income as a policy objective.

Our 2017 congress will discuss the different aspects of the politics of a basic income under the general theme: Implementing a Basic Income. We invite submissions around (but not limited to) the topics below:

  • Economic models for a basic income
  • The economic case for and against UBI in Europe
  • Evaluations and prospects of various pilot projects
  • The politics of a basic income
  • The relation between basic income and other welfare benefits
  • The future of work and technological unemployment
  • The costs of poverty
  • Basic income, inequality and social injustice
  • Basic income, the family, and gender-based and group-based oppression
  • Results and strategies of communication regarding diffusion of a basic income

The above topics are not intended to limit the boundaries, but to set as references for a broader discussion. We invite all interested individuals and groups to participate. Those who want to present should submit abstracts (up to 300 words in English) to by March 31st 2017.

Invited keynote speakers include:

  • Evelyn L. Forget (Canada)
  • Elizabeth Rhodes (Oakland experiment- USA)
  • Sara Bizarro (Portugal)
  • Louise Haagh (United Kingdom)
  • Ingrid Robeyns (the Netherlands)
  • Philippe van Parijs (Belgium)
  • Joe Huston (GiveDirectly- USA)
  • Jurgen De Wispelaere (Finland)
  • Guy Standing (United Kingdom)
  • Yanis Varoufakis (Greece) – TBC


Registration fees include: admission to all of the congress sessions, the congress proceedings and coffee breaks.

  • Regular Fee with Presentation: 120 €
  • Solidarity Fee with Presentation: 160 €
  • Reduced Fee with Presentation (students and people unemployed): 80 €
  • Attendance only (with attendance certificate): 30 €
  • Attendance only (without certificate): FREE

Online registration TBA soon.

Portugal Basic Income Week

Portugal Basic Income Week will be held along with the 17th BIEN congress. We also invite all interested individuals and groups to participate in this event which will be comprised of concerts, film-screenings, performances and campaigns. Those who want to give proposals for Basic Income Week should submit them to by March 31st 2017.

Programs of the congress and Basic Income Week will be compiled from all submissions and proposals by April 20 2017. If you have any question, please contact us at

Organization: Basic Income – Portugal


Local Organizing Committee of the 17th BIEN Congress, in Lisbon, Portugal:

Roberto Merrill (coordinator), Sara Bizarro, Lídia Martins, Mafalda Farmhouse, Graça Rojão, Sara Trindade, , André Coelho, Martim Avillez Figueiredo, Pedro Teixeira, Gonçalo Marcelo, Teresa Albuquerque.

Scientific Committee:

Carlos Farinha Rodrigues, João Cardoso Rosas, Michel Bauwens, Borja Barragué, Barb Jacobson,  Nazaré da Costa Cabral, Jenna van Draanen.

Organizing Committee of the Basic Income week:

Pedro Ferrão, Pedro Ramajal, Bárbara Borges, Sandra Silvestre, Jorge Pinto.

Press contact: Andreia Saavedra Cardoso (


Political Theory Group of the University of Minho

Centre for Research in European, Economic, Financial and Tax Law (CIDEEFF), University of Lisbon

ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon

Portuguese Centre for Global History, New University of Lisbon


Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE)

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Troy Henderson
Troy Henderson is an economist with a particular interest in the past, present and future of work in Australia. He received a Bachelor of Economics and Social Sciences and a Master of Arts (Research) in Political Economy from the University of Sydney. He is completing his PhD in 2019. His Masters research focused on The Four-Day Workweek as a Policy Option for Australia, while his PhD thesis explores Basic Income as a Policy Option for Australia. He has published academic articles and book chapters on these and other work-related topics, and has undertaken economic consulting work for Public Services International. He has presented at national and international conferences, and is a regular media commentator. He is passionate about fair work, social justice, cricket and the NBA. Twitter: @TroyCHenderson

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