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



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


Family Financial Management and Individual Deprivation
September 8, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Sara Cantillon, Bertrand Maître , Dorothy Watson
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Front Cover of Irish Journal of Sociology The Great Recession and the Changing Intergenerational Distribution of Economic Stress across Income Classes in Ireland: A comparative perspective
July 7, 2016 | Journal Article

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


The Role of Disability and Parental Expectations in Child Wellbeing
June 29, 2016 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Low Pay, Minimum Wages and Household Incomes: Evidence for Ireland
June 15, 2016 | Budget Perspectives

Authors: Caitríona Logue, Tim Callan
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Front Cover of Social Indicators Research Polarization or “Squeezed Middle” in the Great Recession?: A Comparative European Analysis of the Distribution of Economic Stress
April 29, 2016 | Journal Article

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


front cover of ESRI research bulletin Who Earns, Who Shares and Who Decides: Does it Matter for Individual Deprivation in Couples?
March 23, 2016 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Bertrand Maître, Dorothy Watson , Sara Cantillon
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Economic Stress and the Great Recession in Ireland: Polarization, Individualization or ‘Middle Class Squeeze’?
February 14, 2016 | Journal Article

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


The Impact of the Great Recession on Families with Children
September 25, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


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