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FRIBIS Summer School 2023 Part 1/3 – How to Build a UBI Pilot

Juli 10, 2023

The FRIBIS Summer School 2023 “Empirical methods of UBI investigations” is divided into three parts, and FRIBIS is pleased to invite you to the first part: “How to Build a Pilot”. The second part of this Summer School will cover the topic of “The Social Contract: a Behavioural Economics Approach with Lab Experiments“, and the third “Microsimulation and Social Welfare Maximization.” ‘How to Build a Pilot’ will be delivered by a team of researchers with international experience in UBI and cash transfer piloting.

Background and Content

Policy-makers and civil society actors around the world are realising that traditional social protection systems are broken. In the wake of Covid, and with economic and ecological crises intensifying, these systems are being exposed as inefficient, ineffective and unjust. Policy-makers and civil society are therefore turning in increasing numbers towards UBI as a potential alternative. This is leading to rapidly rising interest in UBI pilots, with trials proposed or in the pipeline on all continents. However, there is limited publicly-available knowledge about how exactly to go about designing a pilot, about which of the many methods are most appropriate, and about the ethics of pilot research itself.

Date and Location (hybrid)

The Summer School will run from 9am until 5pm on July 10th, 2023. It will take place onsite in KL Freiburg, Saal Schönberg, Kartäuserstraße 41, 79102 Freiburg.



Sessions will be delivered in-person by Drs. Neil Howard and Sarath Davala, as well as via video-link from colleagues in India and the UK. Sessions will be delivered in partnership with the team behind the WorkFREE pilot led by the University of Bath.

The day will be divided into seven 45 min-1 hour sessions covering:

  • Topical Focus and Site Selection;
  • Ethical considerations and Challenges;
  • Practical Challenges of Set-Up and Management;
  • Quantitative Approaches to Evaluation;
  • Qualitative Approaches to Evaluation;
  • Thorny Research Questions;
  • How to have an impact.

We will have two short breaks and a break for lunch.

Information for Potential Applicants

Applicants must fill in the form below, which requires a short note of motivation describing ways in which they would benefit from the Summer School and their research background and focus. Deadline: May 22th 2023. Participation is free of charge. The summer school is designed for early-stage researchers, including PhD students and final-year master’s students, as well as any more senior scholars interested in learning more about UBI piloting.

Requirements for attending the Summer School are:

  • Interest in UBI and a willingness to learn more about piloting.

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in the Summer School at the University of Freiburg. Links to the software and literature will be sent out the week before the event.

Non–discrimination policy statement

FRIBIS does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in the selection of participants for the event.

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