Guy Standing is professorial research associate at SOAS, University of London. An economist with a PhD from the University of Cambridge, he is a fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts, co-founder and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network, and a member of the Progressive Economy Forum. In 2016–19, he was an adviser to the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell.
He was professor at SOAS, Bath and Monash universities and director of the ILO’s Socio-Economic Security Programme. He has been a consultant for many international bodies, was research director for President Mandela’s Labour Market Policy Commission and has implemented several basic income pilots. His books include The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, published in 23 languages; The Corruption of Capitalism; Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen; and Plunder of the Commons. In 2020, he collaborated with Massive Attack on a video based on his book Battling Eight Giants: Basic Income Now.