17th BIEN Congress, Portugal

“Implementing a Basic Income”

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17th BIEN Congress, Portugal

Dates: 25-27 September 2017



25 September: Portuguese National Parliament

26 and 27 September: ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon

Portuguese Basic Income Week: 25-30 September 2017


Today basic income attracts the public’s attention as a potentially fair and realistic public policy. We can see this attention as important political parties in Europe have adopted the unconditional basic income as a policy objective.

Our 2017 congress will discuss the different aspects of the politics of a basic income under the general theme: Implementing a Basic Income. We invite submissions around (but not limited to) the topics below:

  • Economic models for a basic income
  • The economic case for and against UBI in Europe
  • Evaluations and prospects of various pilot projects
  • The politics of a basic income
  • The relation between basic income and other welfare benefits
  • The future of work and technological unemployment
  • The costs of poverty
  • Basic income, inequality and social injustice
  • Basic income, the family, and gender-based and group-based oppression
  • Results and strategies of communication regarding diffusion of a basic income

The above topics are not intended to limit the boundaries, but to set as references for a broader discussion. We invite all interested individuals and groups to participate. Those who want to present should submit abstracts (up to 300 words in English) to bien2017.callforpapers@gmail.com by March 31st 2017.


Invited keynote speakers include:


Evelyn L. Forget (Canada)

Elizabeth Rhodes (Oakland experiment- USA)

Sara Bizarro (Portugal)

Louise Haagh (United Kingdom)

Ingrid Robeyns (the Netherlands)

Philippe van Parijs (Belgium)

Joe Huston (GiveDirectly- USA)

Jurgen De Wispelaere (Finland)

Guy Standing (United Kingdom)



Registration fees include: admission to all of the congress sessions, the congress proceedings and coffee breaks.

  • Regular Fee with Presentation: 120 €
  • Solidarity Fee with Presentation: 160 €
  • Reduced Fee with Presentation (students and people unemployed): 80 €
  • Attendance only (with attendance certificate): 30 €
  • Attendance only (without certificate): FREE

Online registration TBA soon.


Portugal Basic Income Week


Portugal Basic Income Week will be held along with the 17th BIEN congress. We also invite all interested individuals and groups to participate in this event which will be comprised of concerts, film-screenings, performances and campaigns. Those who want to give proposals for Basic Income Week should submit them to bien2017.callforpapers@gmail.com by March 31st 2017.

Programs of the congress and Basic Income Week will be compiled from all submissions and proposals by April 20 2017. If you have any question, please contact us at rbiport@gmail.com

Organization: Basic Income – Portugal



Local Organizing Committee of the 17th BIEN Congress, in Lisbon, Portugal:

Roberto Merrill (coordinator), Sara Bizarro, Lídia Martins, Mafalda Farmhouse, Graça Rojão, Sara Trindade, , André Coelho, Martim Avillez Figueiredo, Pedro Teixeira, Gonçalo Marcelo, Teresa Albuquerque.

Scientific Committee:

Carlos Farinha Rodrigues, João Cardoso Rosas, Michel Bauwens, Borja Barragué, Barb JacobsonNazaré da Costa Cabral, Jenna van Draanen.

Organizing Committee of the Basic Income week:

Pedro Ferrão, Pedro Ramajal, Bárbara BorgesSandra Silvestre, Jorge Pinto.

Press contact: Andreia Saavedra Cardoso (andreiasaavedra@gmail.com)


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