Louise Haagh is currently doing research on institutional, ethical and public finance aspects of welfare reform in OECD and middle-income countries. She is engaged in a number of international research networks related to this research, with a current focus on the distributive and institutional aspects of economic instability in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Current engagements include membership of a task force set down by the President-elect of the American Political Science Association, Carole Pateman, on Democracy, Social Justice, and Economic Security in a Volatile World, and membership of a Council of Europe committee of experts, financed by the European Commission, to consider innovative policies to combat poverty in Europe. Other international engagements in 2010 have included a key-note speech on Basic Income and Public Finance, at the international conference on ‘Basic Income at a Time of Economic Upheaval: A Path to Justice and Stability?’, University of McGill, Canada, April 15-16, and a plenary speech on ‘Basic Income, Systemic Inequality and Public Policy’, at the Basic Income Earth Network Bi-Annual International Congress, São Paulo, Brazil, 30-June-2nd July, 2010. As a prelude to the conference she formed part of a small delegation to discuss the feasibility of implementing Brazil’s law on basic income with President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Louise Haagh has also recently undertaken research funded by the British Academy on the relationship between market and welfare reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, she has been recently engaged in a research network on Perspectives on Work in Europe coordinated by the Institute of Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg. In 2011 she takes over as joint editor of Basic Income Studies.


meeting with President Lula of Brazil to discuss implementation of Basic income in Brazil, July 2010]Louise Haagh and President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Current projects

Dr Haagh’s recent and current research students are:

Jervis, Robin Mark – Political Economy of Development
Song, Wonseop – Political Economy of State Transformation: South Korea
Yang, DongQing – Social Policy Reform in China
Farhad Morit Moshtagh Sefat – Political Economy of Iran: Culture vs. Institutions (Begun June 2010)
Christian Becerril – The State and Anti-Poverty Policy in Mexico (begun January 2010)
Sang-Hyeb Lee – The Developmental Welfare State and Labour Market Reform in Korea (begun 2008)
Craig Wirt – Missing Link? The Role of Collective Bargaining in Connecting Political to Social Democracy: The Case of Bolivia under Morales (begun 2006)
Rowan Allport – Development and EU Accession in Malta (begun 2006)
Angel Chen – Regionalism and Regionalisation in South East Asia (completed 2010)
Jesús Mena-Vazquez – Expanding the Horizons of Poor People – The Importance of Economic Security (completed 2007)

Dr Haagh would be interested in supervising students in the following areas

Development and Democratisation
Theories and Policies of Development Governance
Political Economy of Institutions and Development
Contemporary Theories of Social Entitlement and Welfare Reform
Latin American Politics and Political Economy
Theories and Policies related to Poverty
Politics of Labour Market Reform
The Ethics and Political Economy of Work