Dr Louise Haagh



Louise Haagh obtained her doctorate in Politics from St. Antony's College, Oxford University, and held a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at St. Antony's from 1998 till 2001. Louise Haagh’s previous degrees are from the London School of Economics (in International Relations) and the Institute of Latin American Studies (Inter-Disciplinary Area-Studies), both of the University of London. In 2001 she took up a lectureship at the Politics Department of the University of York where she is now a Reader. Louise Haagh has been a visiting fellow at a series of research institutes and universities internationally, including Cornell University (USA), Yonsei University (South Korea), and the Brazil Centre at Oxford University. She has held research fellowships from The British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, and has carried out a series of research trips funded by these institutions and the Nuffield Foundation in Latin America and East Asia since coming to York. Louise Haagh is a world poverty, labour studies and social policy specialist working in the field of comparative labour market institutions, welfare regimes and the political economy of development. With her comparative work she is engaged in broader debates about problems of citizenship, economic equality and conceptions of liberty. She has written on aspects of economic citizenship, labour policy, income security, basic income, democratization and neo-liberalism in the context of both developing countries (in particular Brazil, Chile and South Korea) and OECD states (in particular Anglo-Saxon and Nordic states). She is the editor of the academic journal Basic Income Studies and is elected co-chair of the executive committee of the Basic Income Earth Network, an international network that fosters informed discussion about basic income. Louise Haagh has also undertaken work under the auspices of several international organisations and public bodies, including the World Bank Social Protection Department, The Council of Europe, The Korean Labor Institute, The World Bank Social Development Department, The Organisation of American States, the International Labour Organisation, and the Canadian Council of Welfare, among others.

In 2014 Louise Haagh’s contribution as a teacher at York was celebrated by her student nomination as one of the 86 present and former staff nominated ‘Faces of Fifty’, demarcating the university’s 50th Anniversary.

“The quality of her teaching in both lectures and seminars is absolutely outstanding. I was lucky enough to have her as my lecturer and tutor.”
- Faces for Fifty nomination

Cited in New Scientist feature 22 June 2016: What Happens if we Pay People Just to Live? - by Hal Hodson.

BBC World Service Programme ‘In the Balance’ broadcast 19 November 2016. Also available to listen to here at the Bristol Festival of Ideas.



Louise Haagh is currently doing research on institutional, ethical and public finance aspects of welfare reform in OECD and middle-income countries.  Louise Haagh is writing a book on ‘Basic Income, Welfare States and Human Development Freedom’. In 2015 she participated in a collation of papers engaging with Piketty’s book Capital in the twenty-First Century, to include a response by Piketty, reported here:

Louise Haagh is engaged in a number of international research networks related to her research on development, welfare state, and basic income, with a current focus on the distributive and institutional aspects of economic instability in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Recent engagements include membership of a task force set down by the President-elect of the American Political Science Association, Carole Pateman, on Democracy, Social Justice, and Economic Security in a Volatile World, and membership of a Council of Europe committee of experts, financed by the European Commission, to consider innovative policies to combat poverty in Europe (see ‘external activity’ for links). Other international engagements in 2010 included a key-note speech on Basic Income and Public Finance, at the international conference on 'Basic Income at a Time of Economic Upheaval: A Path to Justice and Stability?', University of McGill, Canada, April 15-16, and a plenary speech on ‘Basic Income, Systemic Inequality and Public Policy’, at the Basic Income Earth Network Bi-Annual International Congress, São Paulo, Brazil, 30-June-2nd July, 2010. As a prelude to the conference she formed part of a small delegation to discuss the feasibility of implementing Brazil’s law on basic income with President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Louise Haagh has also recently undertaken research funded by the British Academy on the relationship between market and welfare reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, she has been recently engaged in a research network on Perspectives on Work in Europe coordinated by the Institute of Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg. In 2011 she took over as joint editor-in-chief of Basic Income Studies. In June 2014 she was elected co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network, BIEN.

[picture insert, meeting with President Lula of Brazil to discuss implementation of Basic income in Brazil, July 2010]Louise Haagh and President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva


Dr Haagh's recent and current research students are:

*  Toprakkiran, Nihan – Welfare State Development in Turkey

* O’Connor, Matthew – Industrial Relations and Labour Welfare in Brazil after Lula


  • Tijerina Sepulveda, Walid – Industrial policy and Decentralisation in Mexico
  • Smithsarakarn, Phohnthip – Universal Pension Reform and Social Rights in Thailand
  • Jervis, Robin Mark – Cooperatives and Working Life in Britain
  • Lais, Dimitrios – Neo-Governmentality – a Framework
  • Lee, Tae-Hoek – Regional Cooperation in Latin America (completed 2015)
  • Song, Wonseop - Political Economy of State Transformation: South Korea (completed 2015)
  • Yang, Donqing - Social Policy Reform in China (completed 2015)
  • Farhad Morit Moshtagh Sefat – Political Economy of Iran: Culture vs. Institutions (Begun June 2010)
  • Christian Becerril – The State and Anti-Poverty Policy in Mexico (completed 2013)
  • Sang-Hyeb Lee – The Developmental Welfare State and Labour Market Reform in Korea (completed 2011)
  • Craig Wirt – Missing Link? The Role of Collective Bargaining in Connecting Political to Social Democracy: The Case of Bolivia under Morales (completed 2010)
  • Rowan Allport – Development and EU Accession in Malta (completed 2011)
  • Angel Chen – Regionalism and Regionalisation in South East Asia (completed 2010)
  • Jesús Mena-Vazquez – Expanding the Horizons of Poor People - The Importance of Economic Security (completed 2007)


Dr Haagh would be interested in supervising students in the following areas

  • Basic Income
  • Welfare States
  • Comparative Labour Studies
  • Development and Democratisation
  • Theories and Policies of Development Governance
  • Political Economy of Institutions and Development
  • Contemporary Theories of Social Entitlement and Welfare Reform
  • Latin American Politics and Political Economy
  • Theories and Policies related to Poverty
  • Politics of Labour Market Reform
  • The Ethics and Political Economy of Work
  • Nordic and Anglo-Saxon welfare states

External activities


Between 2010-2013 Louise Haagh acted as expert for the Council of Europe in a project financed by the European Commission to advance human rights in Europe after the economic crisis. Louise Haagh gave a plenary address at the Council of Europe’s presentation of the report at the CoE headquarters in Strasbourg. The result of this work was published in the following report:

In the year 2010-11 Louise Haagh was selected to act as a member of the task force set up to investigate the problem of Democracy, Economic Security and Social Justice in a Volatile World under the auspices of the American Political Science Association headed by President-elect Prof. Carole Pateman: Michael Goodhart, University of Pittsburgh, Task Force Chair; Carole Pateman, University of  California, Los Angeles, Ex Officio, 2010-11 APSA President;Archon Fung, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University;  Varun Gauri,World Bank; Siri Gloppen, University of Bergen (Norway); Louise Haagh, University of York (UK); Patrick Heller, Brown University;Enrique Peruzzotti, University Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina); Anja Rudiger, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (New York);Hans Peter Schmitz, Maxwell School, Syracuse University;Guy Standing,University of Bath (UK); Brian Wampler, Boise State University;Susanna D. Wing, Haverford College.

Louise Haagh is a Trustee of the Citizens’ income Trust of the UK.

Louise Haagh is elected co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN - http://www.basicincome.org/bien/) and editor of the academic journal Basic Income Studies (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bis).

Invited talks and conferences

  • Louise Haagh on Basic Income and Public Finance, keynote speech at the international conference on 'Basic Income at a Time of Economic Upheaval: A Path to Justice and Stability?', University of McGill, Canada, April 15-16 2010. (audio podcast)
  • 2015 talks include invited key note speech on ‘Freedom, the Economy and Institutions - Analytical Blind-spots in BI Research’, at the ‘Future of Basic Income Research’ conference hosted by the Max Weber Institute at the European University, Florence, Italy, on 26-27 June 2015.

In December 2015, Louise Haagh gives a talk on ‘Basic Income and Transformation of Welfare States’, at the London School of Economics.

Dr Louise Haagh in Copenhagen Sept 2016

Louise Haagh speaking at the Danish parliament in Copenhagen about
Basic Income Debate and the Nordic Model, at the Nordic Conference on
Basic Income Models, Copenhagen September 22-23rd 2016.



Dr Louise Haagh in Copenhagen Sept 2016

Media coverage

Radio interview (in Danish P1 Orientering) 23 September 2016:

Louise Haagh

Contact details

Dr Louise Haagh
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323549
Fax: 01904 323563

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