Call for papers

Scholars, policymakers, advocates and activists are invited to submit abstracts for papers related to one or more aspects of our headline theme — crisis and transformation — and/or our other thematic areas, outlined below.

Please submit your paper abstract (250—300 words) via the ‘submit abstract’ button at the bottom of this page.

For session proposals, please also submit them here, but include a description of the overarching session theme and significance, session title, author/s, and abstract (250—300 words) for each of the papers to be presented during the proposed session.

Abstracts are due by Friday, 4 February 2022.


Thematic areas


Headline theme: Crisis and Transformation

Can basic income play a role in tackling the multifaceted health, ecological and social crises confronting the world today?

Climate change and COVID-19 continue to impact populations around the world, compounding existing inequalities and insecurities, while producing new economic, political, social and environmental fissures. At the same time, the global basic income debate has intensified as the inadequacies and injustices of old systems are exposed. This has further spurred new basic income proposals, movements, and experiments. Both climate change and COVID-19 are showing us that we must not return to ‘normal’.  We need to consider new and better futures.

The headline theme of BIEN 2022 explores how ongoing ecological, health and economic crises are challenging and expanding our thinking about the possibilities of basic income during societal transformation. We ask, how can we think about the role of basic income in the positive transformations that are needed? We ask, what can we learn from voices and knowledges often overlooked — First Nations peoples, young people and the many other marginalised voices and actors? We invite contributions that bring together old and new ideas about how to make a better world for all.


Other thematic areas:

  • Basic income in the Asia Pacific Region — What are the specific opportunities and challenges for a basic income in the Asia Pacific Region?

  • Basic income and Indigenous communities — Can basic income play a role in reducing socio-economic inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities? Can basic income play a role in self-determination and/or reparations for Indigenous communities?

  • Basic income and health — What role could basic income play in reducing the experience and costs of physical and mental ill-health?

  • Basic income and work futures — How can basic income promote sustainable work? What is the evidence on the impact of new and emerging digital technologies on unemployment? Should automation be used to legitimate a basic income in political and public discourse?

  • Basic income models and implementation —

    • Political strategies for achieving basic income — What are the most effective political strategies for achieving a basic income on a national or regional level within 10 years?

    • Modelling basic income schemes — This theme calls for specific modelling of the static costs of basic income schemes in different national and regional settings?

    • The macroeconomics of basic income — How would basic income affect economic growth, labour supply and inflation?

    • Financing basic income — What is the optimal financing mix for  an adequate basic income scheme in different national and regional settings?

    • Challenges of implementation — How can tax and transfer systems be integrated to accommodate the introduction of basic income schemes in different national and regional settings?

  • Basic Income and ecological justice — What is the relationship between basic income and the fight against the climate crisis and biodiversity loss? How can a basic income contribute to ecological justice

  • Basic income and inequalities —

    • Basic income and gender — Can basic income aid the redefinition of traditional gender roles and a redistribution of unpaid work? Or would it just reinforce the sexual division of labour?

    • Poverty, inequality and social injustice — How might basic income address structural inequalities and oppression across vulnerable groups (for example age, disability, LGBTIQ+, culture, locality) during transition and later phases? How might progressive policies, social movements, activists and other actors play a role in shaping the basic income policy agenda to redress poverty, inequality and social exclusion?

    • Basic income and migration — What are the appropriate criteria for deciding who should be entitled to a basic income within a particular nation state?

  • Basic income and current systems —

    • The end of workfare — What are the social, economic and health consequences of workfare regimes? What role could basic income play in ameliorating them?

    • Basic Income and the asset economy – What are the links between income inequality and asset inequality; especially links between wealth distribution, home ownership and income (in)security?

    • Universal basic income & Universal basic services — Are these complementary policies or competing alternatives?

    • Post-capitalism and basic income — Is basic income a pathway to a post-capitalist future?

    • Basic income and the creative arts — What role can basic income play in supporting the creative arts and artists in contemporary society?