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About Jurgen De Wispelaere

Jurgen De Wispelaere is a former occupational therapist turned political theorist and policy scholar. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Tampere (Finland), and in this capacity forms part of the Kela-led research team preparing the upcoming national basic income experiment in Finland. Previously he worked at universities in Montreal, Barcelona, Dublin and London.

His major research interest is the political analysis of basic income, which was the topic of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Tampere. 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 recently co-edited Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research (Wiley 2013). In addition to basic income, he is interested in disability rights, organ donation, and adoption and has published on all these topics. He is currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook in the Philosophy of Childhood and Children (with Gideon Calder and Anca Gheaus).

Jurgen De Wispelaere is a board member of BICN/RCRG (currently taking a backseat due to his relocation to Europe) and was the co-convenor of the 2014 BIEN Congress in Montreal. He is a big fan of death metal and believes a basic income would provide much needed support for the underground music scene.


Present Editor, Basic Income Studies, McGill University
Present MHERC Research Fellow, McGill University

Research Interests

political and social philosophy, ethics and applied ethics, and politics and public policy

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  • Philosophical Issues of Life/Death
  • Social Justice and Health
  • Modern Political Thought: Hobbes to Hegel
  • J.S. Mill's On Liberty & Utilitarianism
  • Consequentialism
  • Theories of Social Justice
  • Freedom in Political Theory
  • Liberal Democracy and Its Critics
  • Deliberation and Decision-making
  • Foundations of Human Values

Contact Information

MHERC, Biomedical Ethics Unit
McGill University
3647 Peel Street, Montreal QC H3A 1X1


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