Think pieces


Protecting the climate without causing energy poverty

Rising energy prices put substantial pressure on consumers, especially on those with low incomes. This think piece by Michael Jakob discusses how governments could shield consumers from energy poverty by crafting climate policies that are socially equitable.

Racial capitalism and the impact of COVID-19 on migrant women workers in Lebanon

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic were gendered, exhibiting an especially burdensome pressure on women. This think piece by Sawsan Abdulrahim and Farah Salkal discusses the ways in which women migrant workers in Lebanon were especially subject to struggle, and what policy recommendations could reset the system.

Workdays for future? How labour market policies can promote a climate-friendly world of employment

The climate crisis and employment crises cannot be solved separately. This think piece by Katharina Bohnenberger discusses a need for integrated solutions and green labour market policies.

Promoting equity and reducing inequalities: the role of evidence and science

Evidence-based policymaking is important to the reduction of social and economic inequalities, but there's a misconception about the political nature of research engagement. This think piece by Paul Cairney discusses why evidence-to-policy initiatives need to embrace policy processes, instead of trying to replace political problems with technocratic solutions.

Wanted: a low-carbon and fair reset

What can be done to prevent social unrest and a legitimacy crisis in the low-carbon transition? This think piece by Eric Brandstedt discusses the difficulties of a "just transition" from fossil fuels toward alternative technologies. 

Welfare systems should be made independent of GDP growth

Given environmental pressures and long-term economic stagnation, GDP growth can no longer be considered as method to improve welfare resources. Max Koch discusses how researchers must investigate the relationship between growth and welfare, and policymakers must realize the environmental limitations of the economy.

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On how Ontario trialed basic income

The government of Ontario, Canada launched a basic income pilot in 2017. Though it was cancelled prior to official analysis in 2019, researchers were able to gather data and make findings about the pilot. Ferdosi, McDowell, Lewchuk and Ross explain these evaluations, focusing on work-life outcomes in particular.