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Universal Basic Income: What Can We Learn from Australia and South Korea?

October 12, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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Hear from researchers in Australia and South Korea about developments and policy questions in UBI

Madison recently launched a Guaranteed Income pilot study that will give 155 families $500 a month for one year with “no strings attached”. The initiative is part of a nationwide collaboration of mayors advocating for an income floor. This idea has roots (and routes) that extend well beyond the US, so what can we learn from similar movements in other parts of the world? In this conversation, we will hear from scholars who have been studying basic income politics in Australia and South Korea to learn more about the prospects and perils that lie ahead.

Dr. Elise Klein (OAM) is a writer, researcher and Senior Lecturer of Public Policy at the Crawford School at the Australian National University. Her research is situated in the intersections (and cracks) of development, social policy, de(coloniality) and care. Dr. Klein’s two sole authored research books include Developing Minds: Psychology, Neoliberalism, Power (Routledge), and Reading Amartya Sen’s Inequality Re-examined Study Book, (Mouseion/ Routledge). Dr. Klein has also two co-edited collections; Postdevelopment in Practice: Alternatives, Economies, Ontologies (Routledge) with Carlos Eduardo Morreo, and Implementing a Basic Income in Australia: Pathways Forward (Palgrave).

Dr. Klein has held various roles including working on the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Development and the Human Rights Committee within the United Nations General Assembly. She holds a Dphil in International Development from the University of Oxford, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and the Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research both in 2019.

Minseo Cho is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, originally from South Korea. His broad interests concern the historical transformation of the welfare state in the Anthropocene, the era when the ecological limit of the regime of social security coupled with a capitalist economic growth is increasingly manifested. Specifically, he is investigating the knowledge politics over how to define, identify, and measure the efficacy of the universal basic income in policy experiment laboratories. In addition to this, he is working on a project about how ecological risks (dubbed as “Green Swan”) are represented, evaluated, and translated in financial markets.

This talk will be moderated by Dr. Stephen Young, Faculty Director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies National Resource Center (IRIS NRC), Associate Professor in Geography and International Studies at UW-Madison, and member of the City of Madison Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Task Force.

Registration for the event is open to all. We encourage you to bring your questions!