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16th Basic Income Earth Network Congress, Seoul 7–9 July 2016, Call for Papers

by Troy Henderson on February 2, 2016

Basic Income (BI) has been in the news lately. The Swiss are set to vote on a proposal that would pay all citizens US$2,800 a month, trials of the policy in several Dutch cities have commenced, and a major nationwide study has been announced in Finland. We’ve also seen the launch of a new group – Basic Income Australia – pushing for BI Down Under by 2025.

From July 7-9 the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) will hold its 16th biennial Congress in Seoul, South Korea, under the banner of “Social and Ecological Transformation and Basic Income.”


BIEN defines Basic Income as:

A Basic Income is an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test of work requirement.

This is the first time the Congress will be held in Asia, providing a great opportunity for Australia-based scholars to participate.

BIEN invites scholars and activists to submit abstracts for papers on the following themes:

♦ Economic models of post neoliberalism and the position and role of basic income in them

♦ The role of basic income in pursuit of expanding democracy in the political arena and in society as a whole

♦ The role of basic income in the transition to an ecological society and the accompanying cultural society

♦ The role of basic income in the transformation from the work-based society, presuming it as an element of the de-commodification of labor force

♦ The era of the precariat and basic income

♦ The role of basic income in enhancing gender equality

♦ Basic income as a tool for the resolution of the youth unemployment problem

♦ Evaluation and prospect of various pilot projects

♦ Post-human prospects and basic income

Keynote speakers include: Louise Haagh (York University, England), Yamamori Toru (Doshisha University, Japan), Jan Otto Andersson (ÅboAkademi University, Finland), SarathDavala (India), Minister and Bishop ZephaniaKameeta (Namibia), Zhiyuan Cui (Tsinghua University, China), Gonzalo Hernandez Licona (Mexico), Evelyn L. Forget (Canada), Philippe Van Parijs (Belgium), Nam Hoon Kang (South Korea) and Katja Kipping (Germany).

The deadline for submissions is February 29 2016 and abstracts should be sent to

For more information see HERE

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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