List of Lecturers

Simon Birnbaum

Dr. Simon Birnbaum, Stockholm University

Simon Birnbaum holds a Ph. D. in Political Science (2008) from Stockholm University. Part of his graduate studies was spent at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. Over the past few years, he has also held postdoctoral research positions at the Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics (Louvain-la-Neuve), the Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies (Bergen), SCAS (Uppsala), and Stockholm Resilience Centre. His research focuses on theories of social justice, republican citizenship, and the future of the universal welfare state. Simon Birnbaum is currently involved in an interdisciplinary project on justice between age groups and generations (funded by FORTE), exploring the consequences of how welfare states allocate resources between different life stages. Another branch of this research focuses on how to specify the rights and duties of social citizenship in a just economy and, in particular, the evaluation of proposals for a universal basic income.

Jurgen De Wispelaere

Dr. Jurgen De Wispelaere, University of Tampere

Jurgen De Wispelaere is a former occupational therapist turned political theorist and policy scholar, currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Tampere and a Policy Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research (University of Bath, UK). Previously he worked at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. His major research interest is the political analysis of basic income, which was the topic of his doctoral dissertation. Jurgen De Wispelaere has published extensively on basic income in leading international journals, including most recently Journal of Social Policy, Journal of Public Policy, Politics, Political Studies, International Social Security Review and Social Service Review, as well as specialist edited volumes. He is a founding co-editor of the journal Basic Income Studies and co-edited Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research.

Evelyn Forget

Prof. Evelyn Forget, University of Manitoba

Evelyn L. Forget is an economist, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and Academic Director of the Manitoba Research Data Centre. She is an adjunct scientist with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and a research associate with the MB First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research. She was responsible for recovering the data associated with the Mincome basic income experiment in Canada. Her current research focuses on the health and social consequences of antipoverty interventions and the cost-effectiveness of healthcare interventions.

Antti Halmetoja

Mr. Antti Halmetoja, University of Tampere
(course coordinator)

Antti Halmetoja is completing a doctoral dissertation on universalism in social policy at the University of Tampere. Currently he is working as a teacher in the discipline of social policy. He is a member of the group that is planning the BI experiment in Finland.




Olli Kangas

Prof. Olli Kangas, Kela

Olli Kangas took his PhD degree 1991 in sociology at Helsinki University. 1994 he was nominated to Professor and Head of the Department of Social Policy at Turku University. 2004-2007 he worked as professor at the Danish Institute for Social Research in Copenhagen. Since 2008 he has been professor and head of the Research Department at Kela, Social Insurance Institution of Finland. Kangas has been visiting professor in Stockholm, Peijing, Sydney, Budapest, Bremen, Odense, Umeå and Uppsala. His research interests revolve around comparative political economy of the welfare state – causes and consequences.


Pertti Koistinen

Prof. Pertti Koistinen, University of Tampere

Pertti Koistinen is Professor of Labour Market Studies and Social Policy at the University of Tampere and Director of the inter-university doctoral program LabourNet. He has a strong record as a teacher and researcher of social and labour market policies. His research team has been studying employment careers and labour market attachment of displaced workers. By means of advances statistical methods and representative nationwide longitudinal employer-employee data his project offers a novel view on employment risks and the buffering mechanism of the welfare state. Most recently he has turned his focus also to the issues of universal basic income, supervising dissertations and organizing university level courses on basic income.



Jani-Petri Laamanen

Dr. Jani-Petri Laamanen, University of Tampere

Jani-Petri Laamanen is a University Lecturer in Economics at the University of Tampere, Finland. He received his doctorate in Economics from the same university. During his doctoral studies, he spent an academic year as a visiting researcher at the Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam. His research interests fall within empirical public and labour economics. Among other things, he has worked on the effects of health care costs on well-being, tax reporting, the relationship between home-ownership and the labor market, and economic growth and subjective well-being.

Bettina Leibetseder

Dr. Bettina Leibetseder, Johannes Kepler University

Bettina Leibetseder is University Assistant (Post-Doc) at the Department of Politics and Social Policy of the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. Her work covers social policy in comparative perspective, especially aspects of minimum income and gender. Recent publications include an article on local variations of social assistance schemes in Austria published in the Journal of Social Policy (2015).




Prof. José A. Noguera, Autonomous University of Barcelona

José A. Noguera is an Associate Professor (2002) in the Department of Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Director of the Analytical Sociology and Institutional Design Group (GSADI). He holds a PhD in Sociology (1998) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and has been visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been the Principal Investigator of several GSADI projects funded by the R+D Spanish National Plan since 2006.

His empirical research is currently focused on tax compliance, social influence dynamics, prosocial motivations, and the feasibility of universal welfare policies such as basic income. Noguera’s publications also cover sociological theory, philosophy of social science, social policy, and normative social theory. His work in sociological theory aims to demonstrate the explanatory power of analytical sociology and the social mechanisms approach in sociology, with a strong focus on methodological individualism, the theory of rationality, social ontology, and the philosophy of social science.

José A. Noguera is co-editor of Papers. Revista de Sociologia, an editorial board member of Basic Income Studies, and has served on the editorial board of Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas. He is a member of the International Network of Analytical Sociologists (INAS), and serves on the Board of the Spanish Basic Income Network (RRB) and on the International Advisory Board of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN).

Johanna Perkiö

Ms. Johanna Perkiö, University of Tampere

Johanna Perkiö is completing a doctoral dissertation on the Finnish basic income debate in social policy at the University of Tampere. She is also the vice-chair of BIEN Finland – Suomen perustuloverkosto (the Finnish basic income network) and the book review editor of Basic Income Studies.




Ville-Veikko Pulkka

Mr. Ville-Veikko Pulkka, Kela

Ville-Veikko Pulkka is researcher at The Finnish Social Insurance Institution (Kela). He is a member of the research group charged with preparing the Finnish basic income experiment. In addition to basic income research, he is completing a doctoral dissertation on digital working life at the University of Helsinki.



Thomas Sama

Dr. Thomas Sama, University of Helsinki

Thomas Babila Sama, Ph.D., (Social Sciences and major in Social and Public Policy) defended his PhD dissertation in September 2012 at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Currently, he works as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Unit of Social and Public Policy, Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include social and public policies, NGOs, Migration, welfare policies and the Labour Market. His current research project is on Participation Income (PI) in Finland. His main focus is to collect data on PI experiences in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands in order to come up with a model for Finland at the end of the project. The project is funded by the Prime Minister’s Office of Finland.

Lindsay Stirton

Prof. Lindsay Stirton, University of Sussex

Lindsay Stirton is Professor of Public Law at the University of Sussex. He has previously worked at the Universities of Sheffield, Manchester, East Anglia, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of the West Indies. His interests span many areas of public law and public administration including judicial politics, health law and policy and Caribbean public administration. He has worked extensively on implementation issues surrounding basic income and related policies.