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



Transitions into and out of Household Joblessness, 2004 to 2014: An Analysis of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS)
September 17, 2015

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


Family Economic Vulnerability and the Great Recession: an Analysis of the First Two Waves of the Growing Up in Ireland Study
July 30, 2015 | Journal Article

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


Educational and Employment Experiences of People with a Disability in Ireland: An Analysis of the National Disability Survey
July 16, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Joanne Banks , Seán Lyons
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Is Fuel Poverty in Ireland a Distinct Type of Deprivation
June 29, 2015 | Journal Article

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


Technical Paper on the Measurement of Household Joblessness in SILC and QNHS, 2004-2012: An Analysis of the CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) and the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS)
May 28, 2015 |

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


Fuel Poverty: a Matter of Household Resources or a Matter of Dwelling Efficiency?
May 7, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Insights into the Lives of Children with Disabilities: Findings from the 2006 National Disability Survey
March 31, 2015

Authors: Joanne Banks, Bertrand Maître , Selina McCoy
Research Area: Children and Young People | Social Inclusion and Equality


Austerity, the Public Sector and the Threat to Gender Equality
March 23, 2015 | Geary Lecture Series

Authors: Jill Rubery
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


The Role of Economic Analysis in Supporting Disability Policy
December 23, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: John Cullinan, Seán Lyons , Brian Nolan
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


The Private Economic Costs of Adult Disability
December 23, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: John Cullinan, Seán Lyons
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


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