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Workshop: Universal Basic Income’s Social-Ecology? Theory and Evidence revisited

Oktober 25, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

In face of the growing ecological, social and economic crisis we are witnessing, it is timely to revisit universal basic income theory and evidence on the instrument’s contested social and ecological consequences.

To do this, and as a kick-off event to the UBITrans’s lecture series on this topic (2022/2023), we* have organized a one-day workshop bringing into dialogue experts from the fields of economy, political science, sociology and psychology to critically examine some of the core hypotheses and its underlying assumptions in the debate on basic income’s potential social and ecological consequences.

9:00 – 9:15 am Welcoming
9:15 – 10:45 am Mc Neill 1: BI and Environment: Theoretical Pros and Cons
  Comment by Prof Dr. Neumärker
10:45 – 11:15 am
11:15 – 12:30 am Comment 2 by Ulrich Petschow
12:30 – 14:00 am
14:00 – 15:30 am Mc Neill 2: Implementation example: Conditions for environmental beneficiary of a BI in Amazon
  Comment by Adrienne Göhler
15:30 – 16:00 am
16:00 – 16:30 am Concluding reflection

We invite you to a discussion with:

Timothy MacNeill (University of Ontario) who will present some of the core hypotheses around consumption and production as well as around individualisation and collectivisation in the UBI debate. The theoretical arguments will also be examined, at the case of a UBI experiment amongst indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon. His arguments will be commented by Bernhard Neumärker (Freiburg University) from a perspective of social sustainability and new ordoliberal theory, from a consumption-critical perspective by Ulrich Petschow (IÖW), and by Adrienne Goehler, activist and author of “Sustainability needs Deceleration needs Basic Income”.

The UBITrans team will moderate a constructive dialogue with the aim towards a better understanding and theory of basic income’s strengths and weaknesses in supporting the social-ecological transformation.

The workshop will take place at Freiburg University (room R 01 012, Rempartstr. 16, 1st floor), on Tuesday, 25th October 2022, 9:00-16:30.

For registration (participation limited!), please use this registration form and send it via mail to Deadline for registration is on Friday, 21st October 2022.

*UBITrans team (Universal basic income and social-ecological transformation): Ulrich Schachtschneider, Hanna Ketterer, Bianca Blum, Dominik Schröder and Adrienne Göhler.


Oktober 25, 2022
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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FRIBIS – Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies
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Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, R 01 012
Rempartstraße 16
Freiburg, 79098 Deutschland
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