Professorial Research Associate, SOAS University of London, and an honorary professor at the University of Sydney. An economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, he is a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, co-founder and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), and member of the Progressive Economy Forum. In 2016-19, he was adviser to Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell.
He was professor in SOAS, Bath and Monash Universities, and Director of the ILO’s Socio-Economic Security Programme. He has been a consultant for many international bodies, was Research Director for President Mandela’s Labour Market Policy Commission, and has implemented several basic income pilots. His books include The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, published in 23 languages (fourth edition, 2021); The Corruption of Capitalism (third edition, 2021); Basic Income: And how we can make it happen (2017); and Plunder of the Commons (2019). In 2020, he collaborated with Massive Attack in a video based on his book, Battling Eight Giants: Basic Income Now (2020).
Artist and cultural critic. His publications include Walter Benjamin, Productivist (Consonni, 2013), Conversación con Manuel Borja-Villel (Ediciones Turpial, 2015) and Discursos plebeyos (Icaria, 2019). His work has been the subject of recent retrospectives at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge (Barcelona), FICUNAM 11 (International Film Festival of the National Autonomous University of Mexico) and the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City.
He has also exhibited in international exhibitions and institutions such as Aperto ’93 at the Venice Biennale, the 6th Taipei Biennial, Manifesta 8 European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Bienalsur in Buenos Aires, the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, the Ibero-American Theatre Festival (FIT) in Cádiz, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe (CGAI) in A Coruña. For the past three decades, he has taken part in social movements in support of democratic radicalisation, and held the positions of secretary of the Spanish Parliament and MP during the 11th to 12th legislatures (2016–2019).