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



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


The Economics of Disability: Insights from Irish Research
December 23, 2014

Editors: John Cullinan , Seán Lyons , Brian Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Great Recession and the Changing Distribution of Economic Vulnerability by Social Class: The Irish Case
December 19, 2014 | Journal Article

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


L’indicateur EU2020 de suivi de la pauvreté et de l’exclusion : une analyse critique
July 29, 2014 | Journal Article

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


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