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



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


Children in the economic crisis: Ireland
April 13, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Employment transitions among people with a disability in Ireland: an analysis of the Quarterly National Household Survey, 2010-2015
March 16, 2017 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Martina Lawless , Bertrand Maître
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


The intergenerational impact of The Great Recession on economic stress in Ireland in a comparative perspective
March 14, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


A social portrait of Travellers in Ireland
January 17, 2017 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Oona Kenny , Frances McGinnity , Helen Russell
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Socio-economic variation in the impact of the Irish recession on the experience of economic stress among families
December 14, 2016 | Journal Article

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


Social Risk and Social Class Patterns in Poverty and Quality of Life in Ireland, 2004-2013
November 16, 2016

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître , Christopher T Whelan , Helen Russell
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Middle Incomes in Boom and Bust: The Irish Experience
October 28, 2016 | Book/Report Chapter

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


The Role of Parental Expectations in Understanding Social and Academic Well-being among Children with Disabilities in Ireland
September 27, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Selina McCoy, Bertrand Maître , Dorothy Watson , Joanne Banks
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


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