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



Catholicism and Industrial Society in Ireland
January 1, 1992 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Tony Fahey
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Social Mobility and the Changing Class Structure in Ireland
January 1, 1992 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Significance of Small-Scale Landholders in Ireland’s Socio-economic Transformation
January 1, 1992 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Damian Hannan, P Commins
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Industrialisation, Class Formation and Social Mobility in Ireland
January 1, 1992 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Christopher T Whelan, Richard Breen , Brendan Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Explaining the Irish Pattern of Social Fluidity: The Role of the Political
January 1, 1992 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Richard Breen, Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Role of Sense of Control and Social Support in Mediating the Impact of Psychological Distress: a test of the hypothesis of functional substitution
January 1, 1992 | Journal Article

Authors: Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Catholicism in Ireland
January 1, 1992 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Tony Fahey
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Low Pay in Ireland
January 1, 1992 | General Research Series

Authors: Brian Nolan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Development of an Irish Census-based Social Class Scale
June 1, 1991 | Journal Article

Authors: A O'Hare, Christopher T Whelan , P Commins
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Unemployment, Poverty and Psychological Distress
January 1, 1991 | General Research Series

Authors: Christopher T Whelan, Damian Hannan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


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