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Ian Orton

Ian Orton

Consultant, UNICEF


Ian has been working in the UN system the last 12 years. He recently worked for the Social Inclusion and Policy Section of UNICEF in New York (2016-2019). He was leading UNICEF’s work on universal child benefits and social protection in fragile contexts. Previously, he worked for BRAC’s Graduation programme in NYC/Bangladesh (2015-2016) and at the International Labour Organisation (2008-2015) as a social protection analyst, producing research on social policy issues related to social protection. There he was co-editor of ‘Social Security Programs throughout the World.’ With an academic background in political philosophy, he gained his PhD in philosophy from the University of Northampton in 2006. He is also a qualified university lecturer and taught political theory and sociology at the undergraduate level in the UK and Mexico

Background and education

  • (2006) PhD, Philosophy, University of Northampton
  • (2003) Post‐Graduate Certificate of Education in Further & Higher Education, University of Greenwich
  • (2000) Master of Arts in Critical Theory, University of Nottingham
  • (1999) Bachelor of Arts [Honours] in Communication Studies, Nottingham Trent University


  • 2008Winner of 2008 Journal of Basic Income Studies Essay Prize for: ‘Eliminating Child Labour: The Promise of a Basic Income’. Link
  • 2006Citizen’s Income Trust Essay Prize for: ‘We Ought to Listen to Bauman’. Link
  • 2003Full-time 3-year PhD scholarship from the Horne Foundation (University of Northampton).


Selected publications

  • Orton, Ian.2019.Co-authored: ILO-UNICEF. 2019. Towards Universal Social Protection for Children: Achieving SDG 1.3.ILO-UNICEF Joint Report on Social Protection for Children,Link
  • Orton, Ian.2019.Co-authored: ODI-UNICEF Forthcoming. The Case for Universal Child Benefits: Policy Options and Considerations.
  • Standing, Guy; Orton, Ian

    2018.Development and Basic Income: An Emerging Economic Model.In:


    The Ins and Outs of Inclusive Finance: Some lessons from Microfinance and Basic Income.pp: 60-118.Link
  • Veras, Fábio; Orton, Ian

    2017.Debating Graduation.Policy in Focus,39. IPC-UNDP Brasilia, BrazilLink
  • Brimblecombe, Simon; Orton, Ian

    2014.Megatrends and Social Security: Climate Change and Natural Resource Scarcity.Geneva:ISSA.Link
All publications