Jurgen De Wispelaere is an occupational therapist turned political philosopher. He
holds degrees in occupational therapy and moral sciences, and is currently completing a
PhD at the University of Tampere (Finland). 

Jurgen De Wispelaere is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Montreal Health Equity
Research Consortium (MHERC) at McGill University and a Research Associate with the
Analytical Sociology and Institutional Design Group (GSADI) at the Universitat Autònoma
de Barcelona. 

Previously he held positions at the University of Montreal (CREUM), Trinity College
Dublin and University College Dublin, and was a visiting scholar at Universitat Autonoma
de Barcelona, University of Oxford, University of East-Anglia, Universite Catholic de
Louvain, Australian National University and Columbia University. 

Jurgen De Wispelaere is a founding editor of the journal Basic Income Studies and
co-editor of several collections (Palgrave 2003, Routledge 2007, Wiley/Blackwell 2013).
He is currently completing a book on Republicanism for Continuum Press (with Simon
Birnbaum and David Casassas). 


A Life of One’s Own: Republican Freedom and Disability (with David Casassas), Disability and Society (2013)

This article outlines a republican perspective on disability. We argue that a republican commitment to...


The Struggle for Strategy: On the Politics of Universal Basic Income, Politics (2013)

Policy interest in the basic income (BI) proposal is booming, but remarkably little attention is...



The Politics of Universal Basic Income: Bringing Bureaucracy Back In (with Lindsay Stirton), Political Studies (2012)

We challenge the view, typically assumed by advocates of unconditional basic income (UBI), that its...



Licensing Parents to Protect Our Children? (with Daniel Weinstock), Ethics and Social Welfare (2012)

In this paper we re-examine Hugh LaFollette’s proposal that the state carefully determine the eligibility...



A Disarmingly Simple Idea? Practical Bottlenecks in Implementing a Universal Basic Income (with Lindsay Stirton), International Social Security Review (2012)

This article considers the implementation of a universal basic income, a neglected area in basic...




Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research (with Jose Antonio Noguera and Yannick Vanderborght), edited volume, forthcoming with Blackwell Publishers (2013)

Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research presents a compilation of six decades of basic...



Recognition, Equality and Democracy: Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Politics (with Cillian McBride and Shane O'Neill) (2008)

This volume brings together a range of theoretical responses to issues in Irish politics. Its...



The Ethics of Stakeholding (with Keith Dowding and Stuart White) (2003)

The Ethics of Stakeholding brings together leading academics in the fields of political philosophy and...


Contributions to Books


State Regulation and Assisted Reproduction: Balancing the Interests of Parents and Children (with Daniel Weinstock), Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges (2013)

Advances in medical technology make it increasingly possible for a couple (or a single individual)...



Welk recht op gezondheid? Over moeilijke keuzen in de gezondheidszorg (with Kristof Uvijn), Tegenspraak Cahier 29. Ontmoetingen met Koen Raes. (2012)


On the Political Feasibility of Universal Basic Income (with Jose A. Noguera), Basic Income Guarantee and Politics: International Experiences and Perspectives on the Viability of Income Guarantees (2012)

For much of the last two decades, debate around the proposal of a universal basic...



The Alaska Model: A Republican Perspective (with David Casassas), Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend: Examining its Suitability as a Model (2012)

Since 1982, each Alaskan has received an equal share of the returns to the Alaska...



Renta básica y emancipación social: principios, diseños y coaliciones, La renta básica en la era de las grandes desigualdades (2011)

¿Constituye la renta básica una medida potencialmente emancipatoria? ¿Se halla dicho potencial emancipatorio presente en...


In preparation/forthcoming

Procuring Permission: The Case for Organ Transplant Tax Credits (with Lindsay Stirton) (2009)

The conventional wisdom amongst the organ transplant community is roughly constituted by three important beliefs....


Rights or Policy? A Rights-based Approach to Disability Services (with Judy Walsh) (2006)

This paper explores the role and justification of rights-based models of service delivery for disabled...


The Regulation of Suicide: Ethics, Policy, and Public Health (2006)

Suicide is a major cause of medical, social and political concern in most countries. According...


A Paradox in the Justification of Public Smoking Restrictions (2006)

Following recent legislation in the Republic of Ireland and elsewhere, radical smoking restrictions have become...


The Abuse of Rights in Tobacco Control Debates (2006)

Recent debates on tobacco control illustrate how contemporary political argument abuses rights discourse, substituting claims...