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 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

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


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


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