Universal Basic Income (UBI) offers a solution to many of society’s ills, from ending poverty, fighting against unhappiness, reducing crime, decreasing inequality, and increasing productivity. Trials have been conducted since the 1970s, usually finding increased levels of wellbeing, a decrease in poverty and improved or unaffected productivity levels. As the government’s ‘Levelling Up’ agenda still searches for solutions to regional inequality, could UBI be a solution?

Join Kate Pickett and Heikki Hiilamo as they look at how UBI has been trialled across the world, including recently in Finland, and the impact it might have on ending the North-South divide.

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About The Academics

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Kate Pickett

Kate Pickett is Professor of Epidemiology, Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health, and Associate Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, all at the University of York.  Kate is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of the UK Faculty of Public Health and the British Academy of Social Sciences. She is co-author, with Richard Wilkinson, of the worldwide best-selling The Spirit Level (2009) and The Inner Level (2018). The Spirit Level was awarded Publication of the Year by the Political Studies Association, chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by the New Statesman, and one of the top 100 books of the century by the Guardian. She is a co-founder and patron of The Equality Trust.  Kate is a social epidemiologist with a focus on the social determinants of health and health inequalities and works closely with the Born in Bradford study. 

Heikki Hiilamo

PhD Heikki Hiilamo works as a research professor at National Institute for Health and Welfare and as a professor of social policy at University of Helsinki. Previously Hiilamo has worked as research professor at Social Insurance Institution on Finland. He has worked as visiting professor at University of California San Francisco and VID Specialized University Oslo. Hiilamo’s research interests include basic income, family policy, poverty, inequality, welfare state research and tobacco control. His articles have appeared in leading international journals including Journal of Social Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, International Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Public Health and Social Science and Medicine. In 2018 he published a book on household debts for Edward Elgar. Hiilamo’s next book on Participation Income — An Alternative to Basic Income for Poverty Reduction in the Digital Age will be published in August 2022 (Participation Income (e-elgar.com)). In 2016 Hiilamo was awarded with State Award for Public Information. 

About The Speaker

Naz Shah

Naz Shah is the Member of Parliament for Bradford  West and has been a Member of the Home Affairs select committe e since 2015. Naz is also the Chair of APPG for Islamic finance, former Chair of APPG for Islamophobia & now Vice chair on the APPG for British Muslims, and APPG for Integration.