Luke Martinelli


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Research interests

Luke is interested in:

  • social protection and welfare policy, in particular basic income
  • comparative public policy analysis
  • policy evaluation methods
  • microsimulation
  • political economy of trade and investment policy

Luke is the main researcher on the IPR’s basic income research project. His role involves carrying out quantitative analysis on microsimulation data, situating growing interest in basic income in existing theoretical literature, liaising with collaborators on joint outputs, and disseminating findings to a variety of audiences.

Luke joined the IPR in May 2016, having recently completed a doctorate at the University of Bath’s Department of Social and Policy Science. Luke’s PhD thesis involved an empirical evaluation of the impacts of trade and industrial policy reform, in the context of multilateral liberalisation, incorporating panel data analysis and a series of comparative case studies. Luke also holds an MSc in International Policy Analysis (University of Bath) and a BA in Economics and Politics (University of Exeter).

Prior to his appointment at the IPR, and alongside his PhD, Luke lectured in social policy and development studies at the University of Bath and Bath Spa University, and worked as a distance learning tutor at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Luke is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

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Projects 2016 2019

Research Output 2017 2019

  • 3 Other report
  • 3 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
1 Citation (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access

Basic income: world’s first national experiment in Finland shows only modest benefits

Martinelli, L., 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)
62 Downloads (Pure)

Basic Income in the UK: Assessing Prospects for Reform in an Age of Austerity

Martinelli, L. & Pearce, N., 1 Apr 2019, In : Social Policy and Society. 18, 2, p. 265-275 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
basic income
welfare state
social investment

Guy Standing: Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen. Penguin, 2017

Martinelli, L. A., 16 Jan 2018, In : Basic Income Studies. 20170022.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Open Access
Basic income
Incentive effect
Work incentives


Multilateral restrictions on industrial policy: the impact of eliminating local content requirements in the automotive sector

Author: Martinelli, L., 30 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Copestake, J. (Supervisor), Charles, A. (Supervisor), Subasat, T. (External person) (Supervisor) & Papps, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD