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



Worker Priorities, Trust in Management and Prospects for Workers’ Participation
December 1, 1982 | General Research Series

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


The Economic and Social Circumstances of the Elderly in Ireland
November 1, 1982 | General Research Series

Authors: Brendan Whelan, Richard Vaughan
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Distribution of Income in the Republic of Ireland: A Study in Social Class and Family-Cycle Inequalities
April 1, 1982 | General Research Series

Authors: David Rottman, Damian Hannan , Niamh Hardiman , Miriam Wiley
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


The Changing Social Structure of Ireland
January 1, 1982 | Journal Article

Authors: David Rottman, Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Education | Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Demographic Determinants of Perceived Well-being in Eight European Countries
January 1, 1982 | Journal Article

Authors: Earl Davis, M Fine-Davis , Geraldine Meehan
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Poor, Relatively Speaking
January 1, 1982 | Geary Lecture Series

Authors: Amartya K Sen
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Modernisation and Religion
January 1, 1981 | Geary Lecture Series

Authors: Peter L Berger
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Crime in The Republic of Ireland: Statistical Trends and their Interpretation
November 1, 1980 | General Research Series

Authors: David Rottman
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Some Issues in the Methodology of Attitude Research
November 1, 1980 | Policy Research Series

Authors: Earl Davis, Richard Sinnott , Terry Baker , Damian Hannan , David Rottman , Brendan Whelan
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Employment Conditions and Job Satisfaction: The Distribution, Perception and Evaluation of Job Rewards
October 1, 1980 | General Research Series

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


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