Department of Development Studies

Professor Guy Standing

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Department of Development Studies Professorial Research Associate
BA (Sussex); MA (illinois); PhD (Cantab)
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Guy Standing is a Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, and a founder and co-President of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an NGO promoting basic income as a right. He has held chairs at the Universities of Bath and Monash (Australia) and was previously Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organisation. He is currently working on pilot basic income schemes in India and on issues relating to his two recent books, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011) and A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (2014).

Professor Standing's book recently featured in University World News: Higher education and the precariat class

Inaugural Lecture

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Professor Guy Standing: Precariat And Peasant: Reframing Social Protection For The 21st Century


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