Richard Pereira

Department of Philosophy
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Global ethics of universal basic income and sovereign wealth funds
Supervisor: Dr Jussi Suikkanen
PhD Global Ethics


The objective of this research is to investigate the ethical questions concerning universal basic income (UBI) and leading case studies that offer the greatest potential for implementation of this transformative concept. Distributive justice and ecological ethics will play a central part in the thesis, as the two leading case studies - Alaska (with its universal dividend paid annually to residents) and Norway - derive vast amounts of wealth for public goods from a non-renewable resource implicated in environmental crises. I am interested in exploring the best practices and ethical dimensions pertaining to universal income security offered by these models, while critically assessing their sources of wealth and considering ecologically sustainable alternatives that can meet the same distributive justice goals.