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PhD Candidate 

Joe is a doctoral candidate studying universal basic income and its political feasibility


Joe is interested in:

  • universal basic income
  • political economy of welfare states
  • labour market
  • public attitudes to welfare
  • comparative research


Joe Chrisp joined the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) as a PhD candidate in October 2016. His doctoral research, to be conducted under the supervision of Professors Nick Pearce, Jane Millar and Dr. Matt Dickson, is on the feasibility of a universal basic income. This work will adopt a comparative approach to examine welfare policy in the context of changes in the labour market and the economy as a whole.


Since graduating, Joe has spent some time working abroad, most notably in China where he spent two years lecturing at Guangdong University of Finance and Economics on a variety of subjects in English.


Joe read for a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford and an MSc in Public Policy at the University of Bristol, graduating in 2011 and 2012 respectively. His masters research was on the relationship between precarious employment and social exclusion, with a broad focus on the relationship between labour market conditions such as unemployment, precarious employment, low-pay, long-term unemployment on the one hand, and poverty, social exclusion and other social indicators of well-being on the other.

Education/Academic qualification

Public Policy, Master in Science, University of Bristol

Oct 2011Oct 2012

Award Date: 30 Jan 2013

Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

Oct 2008Jul 2011


  • Social Policy
  • Political Economy
  • Welfare states
  • Political preferences
  • Basic income


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