Guy Standing

Guy Standing is Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organisation, based in Geneva. In 1998-99, he was in the “transition team” for the ILO’s new Director General, set up to help restructure the ILO. He was previously director of the ILO’s Labour Market Policies Branch, and before that director of the ILO’s Central and Eastern European team, based in Budapest. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Bath, England.

Professor Standing is co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an organization of hundreds of economists, philosophers and other social scientists from over 40 countries. He has a doctorate in economics from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree in industrial relations. He has written and edited books on labour economics, labour market policy, unemployment, labour market flexibility, structural adjustment policies, and social protection policy. Recent books include: Promoting Income Security as a Right: Europe and North America (London, Anselm, 2005); A Basic Income Grant for South Africa (with Michael Samson, Cape Town, 2004); Beyond the New Paternalism: Basic Security as Equality (London, Verso, 2002); Global Labour Flexibility: Seeking Distributive Justice (Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1999); Restructuring the Labour Market: The South African Challenge (1995, with J. Sender and J. Weeks); and Russian Unemployment and Enterprise Restructuring: Reviving Dead Souls (Macmillan, 1996). He was coordinating editor and writer of the ILO’s Economic Security for a Better World, a global report issued in 2004. He is on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including the Journal of European Social Policy, Development and Change, the European Journal of Industrial Relations, Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, and Global Social Policy.

In 2003-2004, he was a member of the International Committee on Emerging Human Rights, set up as part of the Barcelona Social Forum. He was a member of Bruno Kreisky’s Commission on European Employment, was a consultant to the US President’s Commission on Employment and Unemployment Statistics, and has worked as a consultant with many governments and international bodies, including the UNDP, World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, ICFTU, the European Commission, UNRISD, the UN High Commission for Human Rights, and the Economic Commission for Europe.

He was economic adviser in the Prime Minister’s Department in Malaysia in the 1980s, and has worked as a social and labour policy adviser with various other Governments around the world, including the South African Government in the late 1990s. He was on the Advisory Committee to the Russian Federal Employment Service (1993-96), research director for the Presidential Labour Market Commission of South Africa (1995-96), economic adviser to the South African Minister of Labour (1994-96) and adviser to the South African Committee for the Comprehensive Reform of Social Security (2000-2002).