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



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


Understanding Emotional, Psychological and Mental Health (EPMH) Disability in Ireland: Factors Facilitating Social Inclusion
July 9, 2014

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Winners and Losers? The Equality Impact of the Great Recession in Ireland
May 14, 2014

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Helen Russell , Dorothy Watson , Gillian Kingston , Elish Kelly
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Gender and the Quality of Work: From Boom to Recession
May 14, 2014

Authors: Helen Russell, Frances McGinnity , Gillian Kingston
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Multidimensional Poverty Measurement in Europe: An Application of the Adjusted Headcount Approach
May 1, 2014 | Journal Article

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


Trends in Economic Stress and the Great Recession in Ireland: An Analysis of the CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC)
April 24, 2014

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


Ireland: Inequality and Its Impacts in Boom and Bust
April 1, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Brian Nolan, Christopher T Whelan , Emma Calvert , Tony Fahey , Deirdre Healy , Aogan Mulcahy ...
Research Area: Education | Social Inclusion and Equality


Socio-Economic Inequalities in Child Health in Ireland
March 31, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Layte, Anne Nolan
Research Area: Children and Young People | Social Inclusion and Equality


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