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University of Bath

Mr Joe Chrisp PhD Candidate

Joe is a doctoral candidate studying universal basic income and its feasibility.


Joe is interested in:

  • universal basic income
  • welfare states
  • labour market
  • public attitudes to welfare
  • comparative research


Joe Chrisp joined the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) as a PhD candidate in October 2016. His doctoral research, to be conducted under the supervision of Professors Nick Pearce and Jane Millar, is on the feasibility of a universal basic income. This work will involve using comparative techniques to examine welfare policy in the context of changes in the labour market and the economy as a whole.


Since graduating, Joe has spent some time working abroad, most notably in China where he spent two years lecturing at Guangdong University of Finance and Economics on a variety of subjects in English.


Joe read for a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford and an MSc in Public Policy at the University of Bristol, graduating in 2011 and 2012 respectively. His masters research was on the relationship between precarious employment and social exclusion, with a broad focus on the interaction between variables such as unemployment, precarious employment, low-pay, long-term unemployment on the one hand, and poverty, social exclusion and other social indicators of well-being on the other.