> University of Leuven
Wim Van Lancker is Assistant Professor in Social Work and Social Policy at the Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO) of the University of Leuven. He is also affiliated with the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). His main research topics include family policy and its social distribution, poverty and social inequality, the design and effectiveness of social policy measures, the social investment state, labour market outcomes, and the impact and effectiveness of social work measures. Recently, Wim was co-promoter of a project on basic income (BI) in the Netherlands together with Ive Marx and Gerlinde Verbist from the University of Antwerp. He also published on the options and pitfalls of implementing a basic pension in the EU.
Adeline Otto is a postdoctoral researcher at the KU Leuven CeSO. Her main research interests include comparative social policy analysis with a special focus on social inequalities, social inclusion and employment quality. More recently, she also investigates eco-social policies as well as social inequalities and public attitudes in the transition to low-carbon societies. Adeline co-edited two books on BI which provide a detailed historical overview of the idea, give an overview of specific BI policy proposals in Germany and France, and which summarise the BI discussion in European left parties and in initiatives of the European Parliament.
Tijs Laenen is a postdoctoral researcher at the KU Leuven CeSO. His research aims to contribute to a cultural understanding of welfare distribution in Europe by studying popular deservingness opinions and attitudes towards needy groups. More recently, he also investigates public attitudes towards basic income by analysing survey data and by collecting data in a factorial vignette study.
Cyrille Francisco is a PhD student at the Leuven University Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO). His main research is on welfare states with a particular focus on poverty reduction and labour market policies as well as on the employment precariousness of migrants. In his PhD thesis, he studies different attitudes and outcomes of basic income policy proposals in Belgium.
Marie-Laure Mulayi is a PhD student at the Centre for Sociological Research (CeSo) of the KU Leuven. Her research centers around the social legitimacy of a Universal Basic income (UBI) from a multidimensional perspective. Given the lack of practical examples of implemented UBI schemes, there is no such thing as a “general comprehension” of a UBI in the public opinion. Therefore, a “UBI” is a combination of different features that refer to its actual design and have different effects on people’s attitudes.. (e.g., the benefit level, conditionality, amount or eligible population). Her thesis will essentially provide an analytical lens through which to understand the mechanisms driving attitudes of different interest groups towards a UBI.
Hans Peeters works as a pension expert for the Belgian Federal Planbureau and is affiliated to the KU Leuven CeSO as a postdoctoral researcher. His main research interests are Belgian pension regulations, the interaction of these regulations with individual life courses and the resulting pension outcomes. He also conducted research on lottery winners to gain insight into the empirical consequences of an unconditional basic income.
Axel Marx is Deputy Director at the KU Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. His research focusses on global governance… Together with Hans Peeters, Axel carried out research on lottery winners to gain insight into the empirical consequences of an unconditional basic income.
> University of Antwerp
Ive Marx is Professor at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (CSB) of the University of Antwerp. He directs research on minimum income protection and poverty, especially in relation to labour market change and migration at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor IZA in Bonn. His main research interests include labour market and welfare state change in relation to the distribution of income, with a particular focus on poverty. He has published extensively on the issue of in-work poverty and minimum income protection.
Gerlinde Verbist is senior researcher at the CSB of the University of Antwerp where she directs projects on income inequality, micro-simulation and migration. She contributed to the OECD studies ‘Growing Unequal?’ and ‘Divided we Stand’. She is a core partner of the EUROMOD consortium and member of the EQUALSOC network of excellence.
Elise Aerts is a PhD student at the CSB of the University of Antwerp. Her main research interests include income inequality, labour market policies and micro-simulation. In her PhD thesis, she studies the labour supply and distributional effects of basic income policy proposals in Belgium.
> University Saint-Louis Brussel
Yannick Vanderborght is Professor at the Centre de recherche en science politique (CReSPo) at the Université de Saint-Louis Bruxelles and has long-standing experience with research on BI and, more broadly, social policy innovation. As a member of the international board of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), he has many connections with BI experts across the world. Additionally, Yannick co-authored a recent, highly acclaimed book together with Philippe Van Parijs: Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy (Harvard University Press, 2017).
Floriane Geels is a junior researcher at the Research Centre of Political Science (CReSPo) at the University Saint-Louis Brussels. She is working on the institutional and political conditions of implementation of a basic income scheme in Belgium. More precisely, she explores the position of different stakeholders such as political parties, trade unions or employers’ organisations on various basic income proposals. Her research interests include social policies and innovation, as well as environmental themes.