Social Inclusion and Equality

Social inclusion research explores the capacity of individuals and households to participate in economic and social life. It is particularly concerned with barriers to participation arising from a lack of material resources.

Equality research in the ESRI investigates inequalities in opportunities and in outcomes, exploring the processes that lead to inequality. The research has a strong policy focus, assessing the role of public policies in underpinning or reducing inequalities.

Recent research projects have examined the impact of the recession on equality in the labour market; how debt and financial exclusion affect people’s ability to participate in society; the extent to which poverty persists over time; the circumstances of persons with an emotional, psychological or mental health disability; the link between work and poverty, employment of people with a disability (drawing on the National Disability Survey) , parental expectations of children with a disability (drawing on the Growing Up in Ireland survey), and the extent to which children are exposed to deprivation.


Main Publications in Social Inclusion and Equality Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



Discrimination and inequality in housing in Ireland
June 15, 2018

Authors: Raffaele Grotti, Helen Russell , Éamonn Fahey , Bertrand Maître
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Poverty dynamics of social risk groups in the EU: an analysis of the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, 2005 to 2014
January 31, 2018

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître , Raffaele Grotti , Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


front cover of CB201801 Low pay, in-work poverty and economic vulnerability
January 26, 2018 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Bertrand Maître, Brian Nolan , Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Non-monetary indicators and multiple dimensions: the ESRI approach to poverty measurement
December 15, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Christopher T Whelan , Bertrand Maître , James Williams
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Gender equality in the Irish labour market 1966-2016: unfinished business?
December 15, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Helen Russell, Frances McGinnity , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


A study of gender in senior civil service positions in Ireland
December 12, 2017 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Helen Russell, Emer Smyth , Selina McCoy , Raffaele Grotti , Dorothy Watson , Oona Kenny
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Poverty transitions in Ireland: An analysis of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Longitudinal Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), 2004-2015
December 7, 2017 |

Authors: Raffaele Grotti, Bertrand Maître , Dorothy Watson , Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


front cover of report Who experiences discrimination in Ireland? Evidence from the QNHS Equality Modules
November 9, 2017

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Raffaele Grotti , Oona Kenny , Helen Russell
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


front cover of JA201765 In the eye of the beholder: Can counter-stereotypes change perceptions of older adults’ social status?
September 29, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Deirdre Robertson, David Weiss
Research Area: Behavioural Economics | Social Inclusion and Equality


Poverty, economic stress and quality of life: lessons from the Irish case
July 4, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître , Christopher T Whelan , Helen Russell
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


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