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 the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy 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 co-editing the Routledge Handbook in the Philosophy of Childhood and
Children (with Gideon Calder and Anca Gheaus). 



The Stability of Basic Income: A Constitutional Solution for a Political Problem? (with Leticia Morales), Journal of Public Policy (2015)

While basic income has surged in policy interest in recent years, political research has not...



The Struggle for Strategy: On the Politics of the Basic Income Proposal, Politics (2015)

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



A Life of One’s Own: Republican Freedom and Disability (with David Casassas), Disability and Society (2014)

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



The Politics of Universal Basic Income: Bringing Bureaucracy Back In (with Lindsay Stirton), Political Studies (2013)

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...




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


Privileging Adoption over Sexual Reproduction? A State-Centered Perspective (with Daniel Weinstock), Permissible Progeny: The Morality of Procreation and Parenting (2015)

In a recent paper, we argued that states ought to regulate access to assisted reproduction...



State Regulation and Assisted Reproduction: Balancing the Interests of Parents and Children (with Daniel Weinstock), Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges (2014)

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



The Grounds and Limits of Parents’ Cultural Prerogatives: The Case of Circumcision (with Daniel Weinstock), The Nature of Children's Well-Being: Theory and Practice (2014)

In June 2012, a German court in Cologne outlawed the circumcision for non-medical reasons of...



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...