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The Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) was founded in 1986 as the Basic Income European Network. (see here the BIEN Statutes)

It expanded its scope from European to the Earth in 2004. It is an international network that serves as a link between individuals and groups committed to or interested in basic income, and fosters informed discussion of the topic throughout the world.

To that end it organizes Congresses every two years, and publishes a free email NewsFlash every two months and it helps support the journal Basic Income Studies.

BIEN is supported by individuals members from throughout the world.

BIEN is affiliated with seventeen national networks throughout the world.

The Basic Income Earth Network c/o
Chaire Hoover d'éthique économique et sociale, Université catholique de Louvain
Place Montesquieu, 3, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIUM

Mission Statement

Founded in 1986, the Basic Income European Network (BIEN) aims to serve as a link between individuals and groups committed to, or interested in, basic income, i.e. an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement, and to foster informed discussion on this topic throughout Europe.

Members of BIEN include academics, students and social policy practitioners as well as people actively engaged in political, social and religious organisations. They vary in terms of disciplinary backgrounds and political affiliations no less than in terms of age and citizenship. In the course of two decades, "BIEN" has become somewhat of a misnomer, as scholars and activists from other continents have actively joined the network.

Common to all is the belief that some sort of economic right based upon citizenship - rather than upon one's relationship to the production process or one's family status - is called for as part of the just solution to social problems in advanced societies. Basic Income, conceived as a universal and unconditional, if modest, continuous stream of income granted throughout life to all members of a political community is just the simplest and most striking element in an expanding set of social policy proposals inspired by this belief and currently debated, if not already implemented.

To actively foster this debate, BIEN publishes a newsletter which provides an up-to-date and comprehensive international overview on relevant events and publications. It organises bi-annual BIEN-congresses where people from more than twenty countries have met to report and discuss basic income and related proposals in connection with a broad spectrum of themes, such as unemployment, European integration, poverty, development, changing patterns of work career and family life, and principles of social justice.

Executive Committee

BIEN's Executive Committee ("EC") is elected by the General Assembly for a period extending to the latter's next meeting. The Executive Committee can co-opt other people for specific tasks, but without voting rights. It meets at least once a year at the Secretary's initiative. Within the limits set by the decisions of the General Assembly, it takes any action it judges useful to the pursuit of BIEN's purposes.

Members of the Executive Committee, 2014-2016


Louise Haagh, University of York, United Kingdom

Co-chair and News editor

Karl WIDERQUIST, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar.


Anja Askeland, Borgerlřnn BIEN Norge and Unconditional Basic Income Europe


Borja Barragué, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

EC Members for News & Outreach

Pablo YANES, Secretary of Social Development, Mexico City, Mexico

Toru YAMAMORI, Doshisha University, Japan

Andrea FUMAGALLI, University of Pavia, Italy (non-voting)

Conference Organizer

To be announced

Non EC members with official roles in BIEN

Honorary Co-Presidents

The Honorary Co-Presidents are past co-chairs of BIEN who continue to be actively involved in BIEN and who have been confirmed in this status by the General Assembly.

Claus OFFE, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany

Guy STANDING, University of Bath, United Kingdom

Eduardo SUPLICY, Federal Senator, Săo Paulo, Brazil

Website manager

Joerg Drescher, Project Jovialism, Kiev, Ukraine

Members of the International Advisory Board

The International Board consists of the current members of the Executive Committee, the representatives of the recognized national affiliates (listed below) and all the former members of BIEN's Executive Committee.

Philippe VAN PARIJS, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Former members of BIEN's Executive Committee:
Almaz Zelleke
Ingrid Van Niekirk
Kelly Ernst
James Mulvale
Dorothee Schulte-Basta
David Casassas
Simon Birnbaum
Alexander de Roo
Jurgen De Wispelaere 
Seán Healy
Lena Lavinas
Edwin Morley-Fletcher
Eri Noguchi 
José Antonio Noguera
Claus Offe
Ilona Ostner
Steven Quilley
Guy Standing
Eduardo Suplicy
Robert J. van der Veen
Walter Van Trier
Lieselotte Wohlgenannt

Minutes of the General Assembly and Treasurer's reports

Minutes of the General Assembly 2014

Minutes of the General Assembly 2012

Minutes of the General Assembly 2010

Minutes of the General Assembly 2008

Minutes of the General Assembly 2006

Treasurer's reports:




National affiliates

To date BIEN recognized twenty-three national basic income network. The latest national networks to be officially recognized BIEN affiliates are the Portuguese, French and Norwegian network (June 2014).

ARGENTINA: Red Argentina de Ingreso Ciudadano
Founded in March 2004
President: Rubén M. Lo Vuolo
Member of BIEN’s International Advisory Board: Rubén Lo Vuolo

AUSTRALIA: Basic Income Guarantee Australia (BIGA)
Founded in 2002
Coordinator: Gregory Marston (
School of Public Health and Social Work
Faculty of Health
Queensland University of Technology
Kelvin Grove Campus
Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove, QLD, Australia 4059
Tel.: +61 7 3138 4767
Fax.: +61 7 3138 3369

AUSTRIA: Netzwerk Grundeinkommen und sozialer Zusammenhalt - B.I.E.N. Austria
Antonigasse 100, 1180 Wien
e-mail: info (AT) (please replace "AT" by "@")
Founded in October 2002
Contact person: Margit Appel
Contact person (Media): Markus Blümel

BELGIUM: Belgian Network for Basic Income
Founded on June 27, 2012
Organizing Committee: Aline Goethals, Pierre-Yves Ryckaert

BRAZIL: Rede Brasileira de Renda Básica de Ciudadania
Founded in September 2004
Coordinator: Eduardo Suplicy

CANADA: Basic Income Canada Network / Réseau Canadien pour le revenu garanti
Founded in June 2008
Coordinator: Jim Mulvale
Faculty of Social Work
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 CANADA
Tel: 204-474-9869
Fax: 204-474-7594

DENMARK: BIEN Denmark (Borgerlřnsbevćgelsen)
Founded in January 2000
Chairman: Erik Christensen:
International coordinator: Karsten Lieberkind:
BIEN Danmarks sekretariat: Michael Husen
Kronprinsensgade 12
5000 Odense C
Tlf. 6613 2992

FINLAND: BIEN Finland - Suomen perustuloverkosto
Founded in May 2011, registered in December 2012
Chair: Simo Ruottinen (simo(at)
Vice-Chair: Johanna Perkiö (johanna.m.perkio(at)
Secretary: Heidi Meriläinen (heidu.iitu(at)
UBIE contact person: Vivan Storlund (vivanstorlund(at)

FRANCE: Mouvement Français pour un revenu de base
(French Movement for Basic Income)
Founded in 2013
Contact person: Stanislas Jourdan

GERMANY: Netzwerk Grundeinkommen
Founded in July 2004
Spokespersons: Reimund Acker, Ronald Blaschke, Matthias Blöcher,
Ralf Engelke, Stefan Ziller

IRELAND: Basic Income Ireland
Founded in March 1995
Coordinator: John Baker and Anne B Ryan
Member of BIEN's International Advisory Board: John Baker
Department of Adult and Community Education, NUIM
Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

ITALY: Bin Italia (Basic Income Network Italy)
Founded in July 2008
President: Luca Santini (
Vice President: Rachele Serino (
Coordinator and contact person: Sandro Gobetti (
Other members and roles of BIN Italia Committee:
Address: BIN Italia c/o Luca Santini Viale Carso 23, 00195 Roma, Italy
Tel.: Luca Santini: +39 3487752116 
Tel.: Sandro Gobetti: +39 3334375476

JAPAN: Basic Income Japanese Network
Founded in November 2007
Coordinator: Toru Yamamori
c/o Dr. Toru Yamamori, Faculty of Economics,
Doshisha University, Karasuma-Higashi-iru,
Imadegawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602-8580, Japan

MEXICO: Red Mexicana Ingreso Ciudadano Universal
Founded in April 2008
Coordinator: Pablo Yanes (;
Member of BIEN’s International Advisory Board: Pablo Yanes

NETHERLANDS: Vereniging Basisinkomen
Coordinator: Adriaan Planken, voorzitter Vereniging Basisinkomen
Galgeveld 10
3705 MB Zeist, Nederland
Tel.: 0031-30-6991721 // 0031-6-22420270

NORWAY: Borgerlřnn BIEN Norge
Founded in October 2012
Coordinators: Grete Antona Nilsen ( and Anja Askeland (
Secretary and member of BIEN's EC: Anja Askeland

PORTUGAL: Rendimento Básico
Founded in March 2013
Contact person: Roberto Merrill

SLOVENIA: Sekcija za promocijo UTD v Sloveniji
Founded on the 20th of January, 2010
Coordinator: Branko Gerlic
Contact persons: Branko Gerlic (, Dr. Valerija Korosec (, Dr. Igor Pribac (
Zofijini ljubimci - Drustvo za razvoj humanistike
Ob zeleznici 8
2000 Maribor

SOUTH KOREA: Basic Income Korean Network (BIKN)
Founded in June 2009
Representative: Nam-hoon Kang (

SPAIN: Red Renta Basica
Founded in February 2001
President: Daniel Raventós 
Member of BIEN's International Advisory Board: Daniel Raventós
Departament de Teoria Sociolňgica, Filosofia del Dret i Metodologia de les CCSS
Facultat d'Economia i Empresa
Universitat de Barcelona
Diagonal, 690
08034 Barcelona, Spain

Founded in September 2002 
President: Albert Jörimann
Case Postale 58, CH-1293 Bellevue 

UNITED KINGDOM: Citizen's Income Trust
Founded in 1984 (initially as "Basic Income Research Group")
Director: Malcolm Torry
Member of BIEN's International Advisory Board: Malcolm Torry
Citizen's Income Trust
37 Becquerel Court
West Parkside
London SE10 0QQ
The phone number is
020 8858 3006

UNITED STATES: U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG)
Founded in December 1999
Coordinator: Michael Howard (
Members of BIEN's International Advisory Board: Michael Lewis, Eri Noguchi

A Short History of BIEN

The origins (1983-1986) - An idea, a collective, a prize. In the Autumn of 1983, three young researchers decided to set up a working group in order to explore the implications of an extremely simple, unusual but attractive idea which one of them had proposed to call, in a paper circulated a few months earlier, "allocation universelle". Paul-Marie Boulanger, Philippe Defeyt and Philippe Van Parijs were then, or had recently been, attached to the departments of demography, economics and philosophy, respectively, of the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). The group became known as the Collectif Charles Fourier. Its main output was a special issue of the Brussels monthly La Revue nouvelle (April 1985). But along the way, it won a prize, with a provocative summary of the idea and its putative consequences, in an essay competition on the future of work organised by the King Baudouin Foundation.

The first meeting - With the money it thus unexpectedly earned, the Collectif Charles Fourier decided to organise a meeting to which they would invite a number of people to whom the idea of an unconditional basic income had, they gradually discovered, independently occurred . This became the first iinternational conference on basic income, held in Louvain-la-Neuve in September 1986, with sixty iinvited participants. This was quite an extraordinary event, with many seemingly lonely fighters suddenly discovering a whole bunch of kin spirits. They included, among others, Gunnar Adler-Karlsson, Jan-Otto Andersson, Peter Ashby, Yoland Bresson, Paul de Beer, Alexander de Roo, Nic Douben, Ian Gough, Pierre Jonckheere, Bill Jordan, Greetje Lubbi, Edwin Morley-Fletcher, Claus Offe, Riccardo Petrella, David Purdy, Guy Standing, Robert van der Veen and Georg Vobruba.

Seeds of a lasting network - At the final session of the conference, several participants expressed the wish that some more permanent association be created, with the task of publishing a regular newsletter and organising regular conferences. Guy Standing proposed calling this association Basic Income European Network, which gathered an easy consensus, since no one could beat the beauty of the corresponding acronym (BIEN). Its purpose, later enshrined in its Statutes, was formulated as follows: BIEN aims to serve as a link between individuals and groups committed to or interested in basic income, and to foster informed discussion on this topic throughout Europe.Peter Ashby (National Council for Voluntaty organisations), Claus Offe (University of Bremen) and Guy Standing (International Labour Organisation) became co-chairmen. Walter Van Trier (University of Antwerp) became secretary, and Alexander de Roo (parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament) treasurer.

BIEN's past and current activities - From 1986 on, in addition to smaller events, BIEN has been organising one major international congress every second year, in an increasingly structured and professional way. In each case, a major academic or international organisation has accepted to host it, and financial support has been forthcoming from many sources, both public and private, both national and international. BIEN's first two congresses were small enough to lend themselves to the publication of proceedings, but subsequent congresses had far too many contributions for them to fit into a volume of proceedings. Many of the papers presented were independently published and several found their ways into three books largely inspired by BIEN's congresses:

  • Philippe Van Parijs ed., Arguing for Basic Income. Ethical Foundations for a Radical Reform. London & New York: Verso, 1992
  • Robert J. van der Veen & Loek Groot eds., Basic Income on the Agenda. Policy Options and Political Feasibility. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2000
  • Standing, G. ed., Promoting Income Security as a Right. Europe and North America, London: Anthem Press.

Since 1988 BIEN published a Newsletter three times per year since 1988 (33 issues, some in collaboration with the London-based Citizen's Income Study Center). Publication of the Newsletter has been discontinued, but instead since January 2000 BIEN has started publishing a regular NewsFlash. BIEN's NewsFlash appears every second month and is dispatched electronically to over 1500 subscribers. Since 1996 BIEN maintains a very substantial website. All issues of the newsletter and the newsflash can be downloaded from BIEN's website. Finally, BIEN keeps an archive in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) which includes, among other items, a great number of books and reports on BI. The titles currently stored in the archive are listed here (updated November 2010). 

After its Congress in Barcelona (2004), BIEN extended its scope: now its name is Basic Income Earth Network. All life members of the Basic Income European Network, many of whom were non-Europeans, automatically became life members of the Basic Income Earth Network.

Basic Income Studies

Basic Income Studies Basic Income Studies (BIS) is the first academic journal to focus specifically on basic income and cognate policies. It provides a forum for the discussion of theoretical issues and empirical research on the design and implementation of basic income schemes and the future direction of universal welfare policy. Its founding was sponsored by Red Renta Básica (the Spanish basic income network), the Spanish Instituto de Estudios Fiscales, and the Basic Income Earth Network. It is published by DeGruyter.


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