Watch the recording of the Splane Lecture below:

Join us at Dr. David Piachaud’s talk on “Poverty, Basic Income, and Social Policy,” as part of the 2018 Dr. Richard B. Splane Lecture in Social Policy.

Thursday, March 15th
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Light refreshments provided during the reception.

New Venue! Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 at UBC. The Asian Centre is found between the C.K. Choi building and Nitobe Gardens, a short walk from the Liu Institute. Please find a map to the Asian Centre here.

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About the talk:

Professor Piachaud’s lecture will review the causes, extent and evolution of poverty in advanced economies and the benefits and limitations of social security responses and, the growing interest in a basic income approach. Basic Income will then be described, as will confusions about  its name, its objectives, its level, and its relation to other social services. Other consideration of basic income will include the justice of conditionality; individualized simplicity; redistributive efficiency; and, political feasibility.  Finally Prof Piachaud will conclude his lecture with consideration of the broader consequences of poverty and inequality  for health, education and social stability –  and the implications of these consequences for Basic Income and social policy generally.


David Piachaud  taught at the London School of Economics from 1970 to 2016 and was Professor of Social Policy 1988 to 2016. He is now Emeritus Professor of Social Policy and an Associate of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion and of the Indian Observatory. He was Social Policy Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit (1974-79) and has been Consultant to the European Commission, the ILO, the OECD and the Chinese Government. He has lectured in 20 countries. He has written papers and books on children, poverty, social security, social exclusion and social policy.  Publications include: Causes of Poverty, HMSO, 1978 (with Richard Layard and Mark Stewart); Understanding Social Exclusion. Oxford University Press, 2002, (editor with John Hills and Julian LeGrand); Poverty in Britain: The Impact of Government Policy since 1997, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2003 (with Holly Sutherland and Tom Sefton); One Hundred Years of Poverty and Policy. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2004 (with Howard Glennerster, John Hills and Jo Webb)’ Making Social Policy Work Policy Press, 2007 (editor with John Hills and Julian Le Grand); Colonialism and Welfare, Edward Elgar, 2011, and Social Protection, Economic Growth and Social Change: Goals, Issues and Trajectories in China, India, Brazil and South Africa, Edward Elgar, 2013, (editor with James Midgley).

This event is co-hosted by the UBC School of Social Work, the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, the United Nations Association of Greater Vancouver and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) BC office.

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