Ben Spies-Butcher

Associate Professor

20022021

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Biography

Ben Spies-Butcher teaches Economy and Society and is Discipline Chair of Sociology in the Macquarie School of Social Sciences. He is co-director of the Australian Basic Income Lab, a collaboration between the Macquarie School of Social Sciences, the School of Social and Political Science at Sydney University and the Crawford School at ANU.

Ben completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Sydney while working in the non-government sector on issues of human rights. His research focuses on the political economy of social policy and the welfare state, particularly how economic and political change shape social policy financing. His current research explores how financial logics common in the private sector are reshaping social policy through changes in public sector budgeting, and the potential for these changes to open new opportunities for egalitarian social provision.

In addition to his academic publications, Ben is a regular contributor to The Conversationa Research Associate at the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland and was the 2017 Glenda Powell National Travelling Fellow for the Australian Association of Gerontology.

External positions

Research Associate, University of Auckland

2011 → …

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