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My primary research interest is basic income, otherwise known as Universal Basic Income (UBI). Specifically, my work examines the following areas:

  • Health impact
  • Economic feasibility
  • Public acceptability
  • Narratives to ‘sell’ the policy
  • Additional needs, including those of disabled people

Outside of basic income, I also have expertise on inclusion, disability and inclusive physical activity.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Big Local Basic Income: Proposal for a locally led basic income pilot, Johnson, E., Goodman, C., Kellam, J., Johnson, M. 3 Jun 2023
  • A Big Local Basic Income: Resident Perspectives, Johnson, E., Goodman, C., Johnson, M. 19 Jun 2023
  • Are ‘red wall’ constituencies really opposed to progressive policy? Examining the impact of materialist narratives for Universal Basic Income, Johnson, M., Johnson, E., Nettle, D. 1 Mar 2023, In: British Politics
  • A socially secure, fully funded Britain: evidence on Basic Income and wealth tax, Johnson, E., Nettle, D., Pickett, K., Johnson, M. 31 Oct 2023
  • Assessing the prospective impacts of Universal Basic Income on anxiety and depression among 14-24-year-olds, Johnson, M., Cookson, R., Villadsen, A., Mujica, F., Stark, G., Pickett, K., Johnson, E., Nettle, D. 2023
  • ‘Basic income is our generation’s NHS. Labour needs to get on board’, Johnson, M., Johnson, E., Nettle, D. 26 Jun 2023
  • Breaking the Overton Window: on the need for adversarial co-production, Johnson, E., Hardill, I., Johnson, M., Nettle, D. 23 Oct 2023, In: Evidence and Policy
  • Building on foundations of evidence and intuition: a reply to commentaries on ‘Fairness, generosity and conditionality in the welfare system: the case of UK disability benefits’ by Elliot Johnson and Daniel Nettle, Johnson, E., Nettle, D. 1 Sep 2023, In: Global Discourse
  • Can the ‘downward spiral’ of material conditions, mental health and faith in government be stopped? Evidence from surveys in ‘red wall’ constituencies, Johnson, M., Johnson, E., Reed, H., Nettle, D. 10 Jan 2023, In: British Journal of Politics and International Relations
  • Can Universal Basic Income work for disabled people? An examination of existing UK organisational and academic positions, Johnson, E., Reed, H., Johnson, M. 14 Jul 2023, In: Disability & Society

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Universal Basic Income and health – strong support and distinctive concerns from a deprived community in NE England 2023
  • Invited talk: What are the impacts of universal basic income on mental health? A microsimulation economic modelling study 2023
  • Invited talk: Winning the Vote with Universal Basic Income: Lessons for Progressive Politicians 2022

  • Health and Social Research PhD June 27 2023
  • Politics MA November 18 2009
  • Classics BA (Hons) June 27 2008

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