The Precariat – The New Dangerous Class Business School

Tuesday 25 October 2011
5pm - 7pm

This lecture, hosted by the University of Greenwich Business School , is presented by:

Guy Standing - Professor of Economic Security, University of Bath, United Kingdom

Neoliberal policies and institutional changes have produced a large and growing number of people across the world, who are living and working precariously, usually in a series of short-term jobs.

In his book, Guy Standing introduces such people as the precariat; they are not covered by welfare systems of regulation and protection and are increasingly alienated from mainstream society. Guy Standing outlines a new kind of society, with more people actively involved in civil society and the precariat re-engaged. One way to this better society, he suggests, would be an unconditional basic income for everyone, contributed by the state, which could be topped up through earned incomes.

This presentation will introduce the key concepts in Guy Standing's book and there will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions and debate the issues raised.

Who can attend

  • Open to all universities – May be of interest to Schools of Health, Education, Humanities, Business, Social Sciences, Social Policy, Economics and Development
  • Non-governmental organisations involved in development, welfare, housing and social inclusion
  • Local voluntary organisations working on social inclusion, welfare benefit and community issues
  • Local government involved policy, social inclusion, health and wellbeing departments
  • NHS – public health, health and well-being


Tuesday 25 October 2011, 5pm - 7pm


Hamilton House, room HH102, University of Greenwich, 15 Park Vista, London, UK, SE10 9LZ


Free for all

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This conference is being held at Hamilton House, which comprises an elegant Georgian building overlooking the Royal Greenwich Park. The building enjoys a quiet location at Park Vista street on the east side of Greenwich Town Centre, close to the National Maritime Museum. Hamilton House is only a short distance away from the University of Greenwich Maritime Campus.

The campus is based on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the river Thames. The university's largest campus is centred on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century.

"More breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV" is how The Independent newspaper described it.

The Borough of Greenwich is steeped in history. East meets West on the Meridian Line, which divides the hemispheres and marks longitude zero. The line runs through the courtyard of the 17th century Royal Observatory and indicates the spot from which Greenwich Mean Time is calculated.

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