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



Work-life Conflict in Europe
March 7, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Cumulative Disadvantage? Educational Careers of Migrant Students in Irish Secondary Schools
January 10, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Merike Darmody, Delma Byrne , Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Spatial Distribution of Household Disposable Income
December 31, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Cathal O'Donoghue, Karyn Morrissey , Philip Hayes , Jason Loughrey , Joanne Banks , Stephen Hynes
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Material Deprivation, Economic Stress, and Reference Groups in Europe: An Analysis of EU SILC
December 23, 2013 | Journal Article

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


Keeping Them in the Game: Taking Up and Dropping Out of Sport and Exercise in Ireland
December 18, 2013 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Pete Lunn, Elish Kelly , Nick Fitzpatrick
Research Area: Children and Young People | Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Social Transfers and Poverty Alleviation in Ireland, 2004-2011
December 11, 2013

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Quality of Public Services: Irish Public Perceptions and Implications for Public Service Reform
November 27, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Implications of Income Pooling and Household Decision-making for the Measurement of Poverty and Deprivation: An Analysis of the SILC 2010 Special Module for Ireland
October 23, 2013 |

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître , Sara Cantillon
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Work-Family Conflict and Economic Change
September 12, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Helen Russell
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Unemployment and Subjective Well-being
September 12, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Helen Russell, Dorothy Watson , Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


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