“The Navigator” Academic Blog

The Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) is preparing to launch a new academic blog series, called The Navigator. The blog will edited by Louise Haagh, assisted by an editorial board of other experts on topics related to basic income and economic security.

With basic income having become a more politically visible and contested topic, BIEN recognizes the need for a detached, balanced, and critical platform for the examination of reasons and evidence given for and against the proposal and particular versions thereof.

The Navigator aspires to facilitate such a detached discussion by promoting broad-based and evidence-grounded debate, based on the balance of arguments and backed up by considered reasons, factual evidence, counterfactual reasoning, and examples. Articles published in the blog will encompass a variety of viewpoints for and against basic income and versions of it, and to examine evidence in relation to existing institutional contexts.

Contributions to The Navigator will be invited by the editorial board. 

Guest editors will be also invited to help coordinate blog series on key topics and areas of research related to basic income.


The editorial board of The Navigator is currently commissioning series on topics such as the following:

• Participation income and basic income: rethinking alternatives

• Costing basic income in the real world: strengths, shortcomings and differences among existing evidence-based models

• Is basic income a response to automation? Evidence for and against

• Basic income and growth: what, if anything, is the connection?

• Is basic income the end of welfare? Do critics have a point?


Each series will present the viewpoints of diverse expert contributors. The series will typically start with a post explaining the topic and related controversies, with subsequent posts examining the topic as situated within specific contexts, broader areas of policy, or schemes of thought.

Blog entries will be written in a style and format accessible to a general audience, and will generally be between 1000 and 1500 words in length.