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I am an anthropologist of development turned social protection scholar. My work ethnographically examines the governance of exploitative, ‘indecent’ and ‘unfree’ labour and in particular the various forms of it targeted for eradication by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It further looks at innovative forms of labour and social protection – most notably Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) combined with participatory forms of community organising – and explores the intersection of these interventions with various public policy challenges. I co-lead two large international policy experiments looking at this combination, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Hyderabad, India: and

I frequently collaborate with the international child protection agency, Terre des Hommes, on participatory action research projects with child migrants, child workers, and street-connected children to develop ground-up responses to their circumstances.

I'm also on the Executive Committee of the Basic Income Earth Network and lead the Bath UBI Beacon, which aims to make Bath the leading national centre of UBI scholarship:

Do get in touch with me if you are interested in these or related topics; I am open to supervising new students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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