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2018

Presentations on basic income to the World Bank, Washington DC, the Danish Disruption Council, Herning (Denmark), the welfare committee of the Icelandic parliament (by video link), a basic income group in Biddulph (UK), the London Book Club (UK), the SOAS Economics and Finance Society (London, UK), the Headstrong Club in Lewes (UK), and the University of Sheffield (UK).

Talk on "the future of capitalism" at the 2018 edition of 24 Hours organised by Deutsche Telecom, Munich (Germany), 18-19 June 2018. 

Invited member of the Progressive Economy Forum.

2017

Participation in events to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, the lesser known but arguably more important companion document to the Magna Carta, beginning with a barge trip from Windsor to Runnymede where the original Charter of Liberties was sealed in 1215. In 1217 the Charter of Liberties was reissued in amended form as the Magna Carta after several clauses were transferred to the Charter of the Forest. Events in November 2017 included one in Sherwood Forest linked to a local anti-fracking campaign and talks in Durham and Lincoln, each home to one of the only two surviving copies of the Charter of the Forest.

Presentations on the precariat, basic income and rentier capitalism to Dutch business leaders, government officials and academics, Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Skozi Oci Prekariata [Through precariat eyes], a precariat group, Ljubljana (Slovenia) (see video), students at the University of California Santa Cruz (US), students and faculty at Aalborg University (Denmark), the University of York Green Party (UK), the Literal book fair, Barcelona (Spain), the Norwich Green Party (UK), an event organised by Information Forlag, Danish publishers of The Precariat, Copenhagen (podcast), Inverclyde SNP (Scottish National Party), Greenock (Scotland), Green Party conference, Harrogate (UK), Basic Income Nova Scotia (Canada), SOAS University of London (UK) (podcast) and Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea).

Participation in the 2017 World Economic Forum, Davos (Switzerland), including sessions on:

  • the precariat (see video :: audio)

  • basic income (see video)

  • corruption, where he talked about themes from The Corruption of Capitalism (see video).

2016

Presentations on the precariat, basic income and rentier capitalism at the Young Scholars Initiative programme, Zurich (Switzerland), panellist on the future labour market organised by Akademikerne [Danish Confederation of Professional Associations] at the People's Democracy Festival, Bornholm (Denmark), presentation to the 2016 Bilderberg meeting, Dresden (Germany), seminar at the annual Advanced Graduate Workshop on Poverty, Development and Globalization, Bangalore (India), presentation to the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, Geneva (Switzerland), talk to CEOs at the annual Dreamforce conference organised by Salesforce, San Francisco (US) (video), talk to meeting organised by Grünen Bildungswerkstatt Wien [Austrian Greens Vienna] and Auge/UG [Alternative and Green Unionists], Vienna (Austria), presentation at University of Huddersfield organised by the Huddersfield Centre for Research on Education and Society (HudCRES)(UK), presentation at University of Greenwich organised by the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), London (UK), and presentation at the University of Strathclyde organised by the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Glasgow (UK).

Opening address to the 16th BIEN CongressSocial and Ecological Transformation and the Basic Income, Seoul, 7-9 July 2016.

Interviewed onstage by Newsweek on The Corruption of Capitalism at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016. 

 London Met, January 2015

London Met, January 2015

Alpbach, August 2015

2015

Presentations on the precariat and basic income at UCL Labour Rights Institute, University College London (UK), Political Economy Research Centre, Goldsmiths, University of London (UK)(for a summary of his presentation see here and here), Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, London Metropolitan University (UK), SOAS - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (UK), Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge (UK), New Zealand Fabian Society (Wellington), Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia), Australian National University, Canberra, Dansk Magisterforeng (DM), Aarhus and Copenhagen (Denmark) (see video), St Albans Girls School (UK), Open VLD (Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats), Brussels (Belgium), Basic Income in Sweden Gothenburg branch, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), University of Uppsala (Sweden), Krytyka Polityczna Cultural Center, Łódź (Poland), Runnymede Eco-village (UK), the Long Progress Bar organised by Lighthouse (Brighton, UK), Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University (Denmark), Netzwerk Grundeinkommen und sozialer Zusammenhalt – BIEN Austria, Linz (Austria), Netzwerk Grundeinkommen und sozialer Zusammenhalt – BIEN Austria and Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Wien, IWK, Vienna (Austria), University of Hertfordshire Economics Society (UK) and University of Cambridge (UK).

Presentation to the China Executive Leaders Programme, University of Cambridge (UK), July 2015.

Co-chair, seminar series on Work, Distribution and Crisis in Europe, Alpbach Seminar Week, European Forum Alpbach, Austria, August 2015.

"The labour process in the global transformation", SOAS seminar, London, November 2015.

 Warsaw, November 2014

Warsaw, November 2014

 Barcelona, December 2014

Barcelona, December 2014

 Madrid, December 2014

Madrid, December 2014

2014

Presentations on the precariat and A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens at the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (UK) (audio), University of Auckland, New Zealand young trade unionists, Victoria University Wellington (New Zealand), the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, the European College of Economics and Management (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), Edge Hill University (Ormskirk, UK), University of Campinas (Brazil) (see video), School of Oriental and African Studies - SOAS (University of London), University of Leeds (UK), University of Greenwich (UK), Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan), the International Trade Union Confederation (Brussels), the University of Bristol/Bristol Festival of Ideas (UK), the Norwegian Social Forum (Oslo)(see video), City University of New York (CUNY), the New School (New York), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (Geneva) (see video), University of Wroclaw (Poland) and Palace of Culture and Science (Warsaw, Poland), debate with Podemos and United Left, Circulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), University of Madrid, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) and Foundation Cipriano Garcia, CCOO (Barcelona) (see video).

Presentations on basic income and the precariat at the Cambridge Fabian Society (see video), the basic income group in Stockholm (Sweden) (see video), the basic income group in Gothenburg (Sweden) (see videos of talk Part 1 and Part 2, and of Q&A session Part 1 and Part 2) and the basic income group in Athens (see video).

Participation and presentation at the 15th Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), Montreal, Canada.

Presentations on the Indian basic income pilot at SOAS University of London and the India Institute, King's College, University of London (audio).

 National Street Vendors Conference, New Delhi, March 2014

National Street Vendors Conference, New Delhi, March 2014

Presentation of the final report on the Indian basic income pilot to UNICEF India and launch in Delhi of Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India (New Delhi, Bloomsbury, 2015).

 Swedish Green Party, May 2013

Swedish Green Party, May 2013

 
 Barcelona, December 2014

Barcelona, December 2014

 

2013

Presentations of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class at the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (Wellington). Keele University (UK), University of York (UK) (see video and interview), Teesside University (Middlesbrough, UK), the annual conference of the Swedish Green Party (Västerås, Sweden), Festivaletteratura (Mantua, Italy) (audio), Manifiesta (Bredene-on-Sea, Belgium), University of São Paulo (Brazil), CITUB - Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria (Sofia, Bulgaria), Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland), University of Maastricht (Netherlands), Córdoba central library (Spain) (audio), The Tetley arts centre (Leeds, UK), and the Intern Section of the ILO Staff Union (Geneva, Switzerland).

 
 Festiva Letteratura, Mantua (Italy), September 2013

Festiva Letteratura, Mantua (Italy), September 2013

 
 
 University of York (UK), February 2013

University of York (UK), February 2013

Presentation of the case for basic income in Sofia (Bulgaria) and Bergen (Norway).

Presentation of the Indian cash transfer scheme at SOAS - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Advisor to SEWA (Self-Employed Women's Association of India) on large-scale unconditional cash transfer pilot project in Madhya Pradesh, funded by UNICEF India.

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2012

Presentations of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (UK), Trades Union Congress (London, UK), Manchester Industrial Relations Society (UK), Flemish Coalition of North-South Organizations (Brussels), University of Bergen (Norway), University of Western Australia (Perth), University of Plymouth (UK), Bath Literary Festival (UK), Bloomsbury Institute (London), Queen's University Belfast (Northern Ireland), School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), New Left Perspectives (Sofia), Randstad (Brussels)(see video), European Trade Union Confederation (Brussels), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Dublin), 2012 Flemish trade union summer school (Brussels), Young European Socialists Summer Camp (Savudrija, Croatia), 5th Summer University of Ecopolitics (Bodajk, Hungary), annual conference of the Italian Sociological Association (Cosenza), University of Aberdeen (UK), University of Toronto (Canada), University Orientale (Naples, Italy), and Roskilde University (Denmark).

 Sofia, April 2012

Sofia, April 2012

 Sofia, April 2012

Sofia, April 2012

 Sofia, April 2012

Sofia, April 2012

 Sofia, April 2012

Sofia, April 2012

Presentations on the Indian cash transfer pilot project and on the methodology of cash transfer pilots at the 14th Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), Munich, Germany, 14-16 September 2012. Video

Invited by the Committee on Economic Affairs of the Brazilian Senate to give evidence at a public hearing on poverty and basic income, Brasilia, 26 June 2012. News report

Presentations on basic income in the Swedish Parliament and to the Stockholm branch of the Swedish Green Party, 29 November 2012.

Advisor to SEWA (Self-Employed Women's Association of India) on large-scale unconditional cash transfer pilot project in Madhya Pradesh, funded by UNICEF India.

2011

Presentations of Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship at SOAS - School of Oriental and African Studies (London), University of Southampton, Hertie School of Governance (Berlin), University of Edinburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University, Columbia University (New York City), Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund (New York) and the European University Institute (Fiesole, Italy).

Presentations of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class at New School (New York City), University of Middlesex (London), University of Sheffield, Goldsmiths College (University of London), London School of Economics, Austrian Basic Income Network (Vienna), University of Leeds, University of Bristol, University of Cardiff, University of Brighton, St Anne's College (University of Oxford), Wiardi Beckman Foundation (The Hague), Dutch Basic Income Network (Utrecht), Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts) (see edited videos of presentation and Q&A), University of Massachusetts, University of Maine and OccupyBangor, University of Wisconsin (video :: audio), the World Bank (Washington DC), York University (Toronto), University of North Carolina (see videos of presentation), University of Glasgow, University of Cambridge, Royal Holloway College (University of London), and to European Union trade unionists at training sessions organized by the International Labour Organisation Training Centre in Turin (Italy), Madrid and Gdansk (Poland).

 Occupy Washington DC, November 2011

Occupy Washington DC, November 2011

Advisor to SEWA (Self-Employed Women's Association of India) on large-scale unconditional cash transfer pilot project in Madhya Pradesh, funded by UNICEF India.

2010

Expert advisor on labour markets for the OECD territorial review of the Gauteng City Region, South Africa. Report details

Invited member of the American Political Science Association's Task Force on Democracy, Economic Security and Social Justice in a Volatile World. Report details

Presentation to and participation in thirteenth Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), São Paulo, Brazil, 30 June-2 July.

 With President Lula of Brazil, June 2010

With President Lula of Brazil, June 2010

 BIEN Congress, São Paolo, June 2010

BIEN Congress, São Paolo, June 2010

Presentations of Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship at numerous universities and institutions, including the European Trade Union Institute (Brussels), London School of Economics, University of York (UK), University of Cambridge, Helsinki University, University of Warwick, University of California - Los Angeles, University of California - Berkeley, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC), University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA), MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston), Carleton University (Ottawa), New School (New York City), Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), University of Bergen (Norway), Middlesex University (London), University of Kent (Canterbury), Green Templeton College (Oxford), University of Geneva (video) and University of Glasgow.   

2009

Appointed a trustee of the Citizens Income Trust, UK.

Presentation of Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester.   

2008 

Chaired and co-organised twelfth Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), Dublin, June. Papers


2007

Member of advisory group for the Namibia Basic Income Group pilot project.  First Assessment Report

 Otjivero, Namibia, August 2008

Otjivero, Namibia, August 2008

2006

Chaired and co-organised eleventh Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), Cape Town, November. Papers


2005

Opening speaker at the 12th international conference of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security on Ageing and the Labour Market, Sigtuna, Sweden, June.


2004

Presentations of Economic Security for a Better World (Geneva, ILO, 2004; revised 2005) in Geneva, New Delhi, Colombo and São Paulo, November-October. Press kit

Chaired and co-organised tenth Congress of the Basic Income European Network (BIEN) on The Right to a Basic Income: Egalitarian Democracy, Barcelona, September.

Opening speaker at conference in Bruges. Presented seminars at Universities of Cambridge, Lausanne, Cape Town and São Paulo.


2003-04

Member of International Scientific Committee on Emerging Human Rights, Barcelona Forum, assisting in the drafting of the Charter of Emerging Human Rights.  Published as Charter of Emerging Human Rights (Barcelona, Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya, 2004). PDF Guy Standing, "Basic income: A 21st century economic right" (2004). PDF


2003

Participant in a conference at Wilton Park, Sussex, UK, on Private Foreign Investment and the Poorest Countries, 24-27 March.


2002

Organiser and chair of ninth BIEN Congress on Income Security as a Right, Geneva, September. Papers Selected papers published in G. Standing (ed.), Promoting Income Security as a Right: Europe and North America (London, Anthem Press, 2004; revised 2005).


2001

Adviser to Taylor Committee of Enquiry on social security reform in South Africa. Published as Transforming the Present – Protecting the Future, Report of the Committee of Enquiry into a Comprehensive System of Social Security for South Africa (Pretoria, Government Printer, 2002).

Presentation on social security options to the Indian Social Security Association Board, New Delhi, April.

Plenary speaker, with Mark Malloch-Brown, UNDP Administrator, at United Nations Development Programme conference on poverty and insecurity, Copenhagen, March.


2000

Lectures on “Global Labour Flexibility” at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November.

Participation in United Nations expert group meeting on Coping in Dire Circumstances: Traditional and Modern Schemes of Social Protection in the Context of Development, Cape Town, South Africa, 30 October-1 November.

Session chair at eighth Congress of the Basic Income European Network (BIEN) on Economic Citizenship Rights for the 21st Century, Berlin, 6-7 October. 

Presentation on social protection to a summer school for trade unionists and employer association officials, University of Santander, Spain, September.

Presentation to conference on economic rights organised by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, June.

Invited speech on new forms of Voice representation, UN Social Forum, Geneva, June.

1999

Launch of Ukraine Socio-Economic Security Statistical System project, Kiev, December.

Presentation of book, Global Labour Flexibility, on the future of social protection, at the invitation of the World Bank’s Social Protection Division, Washington DC, 16 November.

Presentation on concepts of economic insecurity to Economic Policy Institute, Washington, DC, November.

Seminar presentations on global labour flexibility and economic insecurity at Universities of Warwick and Oxford (Queen Elizabeth House), and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, November.

Invited lecture at School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, August.


1998-99

Member of the “transition team” of Director-General-elect of the International Labour Organisation (Juan Somavia), with responsibility for reorganising ILO thinking on social protection.


1998

Chaired and organised session on economic rights for UN Development Programme conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Yalta, Ukraine, September.

Co-organised, co-chaired and gave plenary address to seventh Congress of the Basic Income European Network, Amsterdam, September. Selected papers published in R.J. van der Veen and L. Groot (eds.), Basic Income on the Agenda: Policy Objectives and Political Feasibility (Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2000).

Received Distinguished Alumni Award from the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois, 19 June. 

Adviser to Russian Ministry of Labour on reform of Labour Code.

Presentation on labour market research priorities at World Bank conference on labour markets, Washington, DC, March. 


1997

Guest editor, Special Issue of European Journal of Industrial Relations on Emerging Industrial Relations in Central and Eastern Europe.


1996-97

Adviser to Minister of Labour, Government of South Africa.


1996

Participant in workshop on Management of Field Coordination for Senior UN System Representatives in Eastern European and Central Asian countries, Turin, 28 November-6 December 1996.

Co-organised and co-chaired sixth Congress of the Basic Income European Network (BIEN), Vienna, 12-14 September 1996.

Co-ordinated and largely wrote the UNDP’s Human Development Report 1996: Russian Federation (Moscow, Academia, 1997).


1995-96

Member of advisory group for International Handbook of Labour Market Policy and Evaluation, produced by the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB). Published as G. Schmid, J. O'Reilly and K. Schömann (eds.), International Handbook of Labour Market Policy and Evaluation (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 1996).

Coordinator of technical work for Presidential Labour Market Policy Commission, South Africa. Policy proposals and 500-page Review presented to the Cabinet of the South African Government and to President Nelson Mandela, June 1996. Published as Restructuring the South African Labour Market, Report of the Presidential Commission to Investigate Labour Market Policy (Cape Town, CTP for the Government Printer, 1996).

 With President Nelson Mandela and David Lewis, 1996

With President Nelson Mandela and David Lewis, 1996

 With President Nelson Mandela, 1996

With President Nelson Mandela, 1996

Designed and conducted two South African Labour Flexibility Surveys, supervising and participating in fieldwork in five industrial areas.

1995

Contributing author to UNDP’s Ukraine Human Development Report 1995 (Kiev, UNDP, 1995).

Consultant to UNDP’s Human Development Report 1995 (Oxford University Press for UNDP, 1995).

Invited by Jacques Santer, President of the European Commission, to be a member of technical advisory group on the Future of Work.


1994-95

Worked with international group of social policy specialists on project on welfare states in transition, concluding with book edited by Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Welfare States in Transition (London, Sage for UNRISD, 1996).

Organised first enterprise labour flexibility surveys in Ukraine, and convened high-level international conference on reforming labour market and social policy in Ukraine, Kiev, September.


1994

Co-organised and co-chaired fifth Congress of the Basic Income European Network (BIEN), London, 8-10 September.


1993

Organised and co-chaired international tripartite conference on labour market reform in Bulgaria, Sofia, May.


1992-97

Designed and organised Russian Enterprise Labour Flexibility Surveys.


1992-95

Member, Technical Assistance Advisory Committee, Russian Federal Employment Service.


1992-93

Contributor and adviser to United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 1993.


1992

Organised and chaired international conferences on enterprise restructuring of labour and employment in Russia, Moscow and St. Petersburg, October.


1991-92

Designed and helped organise Mexican Labour Flexibility Survey, with Ministry of Labour, and Chilean Labour Flexibility Survey, with the ILO’s Programa Regional de Empleo para America Latina y el Caribe (PREALC).


1991

Co-organiser of ILO-OECD high-level conference on Labour and Social Implications of Structural Change in Central and Eastern Europe, Paris, September. Selection of papers published in G. Fischer and G. Standing (eds.), Structural Change in Central and Eastern Europe: Labour Market and Social Policy Implications (Paris, OECD, 1993).

Organised first tripartite conference on labour policy in USSR, Moscow.

Organised workshop on Labour Policies in Eastern and Central Europe, ILO, Geneva, May.


1990-92

Member of US Social Science Research Council (South-East Asia).


1990

Organised conference with USSR State Committee for Labour and Social Affairs, Towards Flexibility and Employment Reform in the USSR, Moscow, 1-4 October. Papers published in G. Standing (ed.), In Search of Flexibility: The New Soviet labour Market (Geneva, ILO, 1991).

Co-organised and co-chaired third Congress of the Basic Income European Network (BIEN) on Economic Democracy and Citizenship Income, Florence, Italy, 19-20 September.

Designed and conducted Philippines Labour Flexibility Survey, with Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Government of the Philippines.


1989

Participation in seminar on Trade Unions and the Economy: Into the 1990s, organised by the Employment Institute and the Trades Union Congress, London, 21 March.


1988-89

Consultant, Prime Minister’s Department, Government of Malaysia. Helped prepare and coordinate national Human Resources Development Plan, organised national industrial survey of 3,100 companies and co-ordinated a series of projects for the Government.


1988

Co-organised and co-chaired second Congress of the Basic Income European Network (BIEN), Antwerp, September. Proceedings published as W. Van Trier (ed.), Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Basic Income (London, Basic Income Research Group and Antwerp, BIEN, 1990).

Participation in EEC colloquium on Vieillissement et population active, Brussels, 7-8 September. 

Speech at conference on Citizenship, Income and Work, St. George's Consultation, Windsor Castle, 14-16 March.


1987-89

Member of Bruno Kreisky’s Commission on Employment Issues in Europe. Report published as A Programme for Full Employment in the 1990s (Oxford, Pergamon, 1989).

 Kreisky Commission, Paris, 1989

Kreisky Commission, Paris, 1989

1987

Consultant to Egyptian Government on development of a National Labour Information System.


1986-87

Member, Advisory Council of European Claimants’ Union.


1986

Elected Chairman, Basic Income European Network (BIEN), at its inaugural congress in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 4-6 September. Proceedings published as A.G. Miller (ed.), Proceedings of the First International Conference on Basic Income (London, Basic Income Research Group and Antwerp, BIEN, 1988).

 BIEN Launch, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1986

BIEN Launch, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1986

 BIEN Launch, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1986

BIEN Launch, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1986

Consultant to Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on contract labour migration in Asia.

1985

Adviser to Brazilian Ministry of Labour on a survey of child labour.

 

1984-85

Consultant to European Commission on European regional underemployment.

Adviser to Government of Thailand on child labour survey.

 

1983

Consultant to World Bank for 1984 World Development Report.

 

1981-83

Consultant for national labour mobility survey, Prime Minister’s Department, Government of Malaysia.

 

1979

Consultant to US National Commission on Employment and Unemployment Statistics.  Report published as Counting the Labor Force (Washington DC, US Government Printing Office, 1979).

 

1978

Fieldwork on the design and conduct of the Ludhiana Migration Survey (Punjab, India).