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Jurgen De Wispelaere

Jurgen De Wispelaere

Research Associate



E-mail: jurgen.dewispelaere[at]


  • Doctorate in Social Sciences (Social Policy), 2015 (University of Tampere)
  • Ma in Moral Philosophy, 1996 (University of Ghent)
  • BA in Moral Philosophy, 1993 (University of Ghent)
  • B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy, 1992 (School of Paramedical Professions, Ghent)


Jurgen De Wispelaere is Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Adjunct Professor in Philosophy of Social Policy at Tampere University. He is a former occupational therapist turned political theorist and policy scholar. He holds a Doctorate in Social Sciences (Social Policy) from the University of Tampere. Before moving to SSE Riga, he worked at the University of Bath, Tampere University, McGill University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, and held guest professorships or visiting fellowships at Southern University of Denmark, Université de Montréal, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, University of Oxford, Catholic University of Louvain, Australian National University and Columbia University.

His main area of expertise is political theory and public policy, with a particular interest in welfare state research and social protection. He is a world-leading expert on the politics of basic income and has published extensively on this topic in international journals such as Socio-Economic Review, Social Policy and Society, Political Quarterly, Journal of Social Policy, Journal of Public Policy, Politics, Political Studies, International Social Security Review, Policy and Politics or Social Service Review. He is a founding co-editor of Basic Income Studies, an interdisciplinary journal of basic income research, and co-editor of four edited volumes. He is currently completing a book on Basic Income Experiments: Theory, Practice, and Politics (with Evelyn Forget) for Policy Press. He has been a consultant to governments and stakeholder groups on basic income experiments and pilots and recently contributed to the World Bank flagship report on Exploring Universal Basic Income: A Guide to Navigating Concepts, Evidence, and Practices.

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