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



The Experience of Discrimination in Ireland: Evidence from Self-Report Data
November 18, 2010 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Helen Russell, Frances McGinnity , Emma Quinn
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Are Eamon and Eithne More Employable than Hardeep and Heike? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Ireland
November 18, 2010 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Jacqueline Nelson , Pete Lunn , Emma Quinn
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Multiple Disadvantage: Evidence on Gender and Disability from the 2006 Census
November 18, 2010 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Pete Lunn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Welfare Regime and Social Class Variation in Poverty and Economic Vulnerability in Europe: An Analysis of EU-SILC
October 31, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Christopher T Whelan, Bertrand Maître
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Understanding the Socio-Economic Distribution of Multiple Deprivation: An Application of Self-organising Maps
September 30, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Christopher T Whelan, Mario Lucchini , Maurizio Pisati , Bertrand Maître
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Single-sex Education: What Does Research Tell Us?
September 20, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Education | Social Inclusion and Equality


Monitoring Poverty Trends in Ireland 2004-2007: Key Issues for Children, People of Working Age and Older People
September 7, 2010 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Helen Russell, Bertrand Maître , Brian Nolan
Research Area: Children and Young People | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Satisfaction with Life in Europe
July 2, 2010 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Dorothy Watson
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Did the Celtic Tiger Decrease Socio-Economic Differentials in Perinatal Mortality in Ireland?
June 17, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Layte, Barbara Clyne
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Inequality and Discrimination in the Irish Labour Market
May 31, 2010 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Helen Russell
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


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