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



Economic Vulnerability and Severity of Debt Problems: An Analysis of the Irish EU-SILC 2008
August 29, 2013 | Journal Article

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


Under Pressure: The Impact of Recession on Employees in Ireland
March 27, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Helen Russell, Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Analysing Intergenerational Influences on Income Poverty and Economic Vulnerability with EU-SILC
March 19, 2013 | Journal Article

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


Ethnicity and Nationality in the Irish Labour Market: Evidence from the QNHS Equality Module 2010
January 16, 2013

Authors: Gillian Kingston, Philip J O'Connell , Elish Kelly
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Disability in the Irish Labour Market: Evidence from the QNHS Equality Module 2010
January 16, 2013

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Gillian Kingston , Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Country Case Study – Ireland
December 20, 2012 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Brian Nolan, Tim Callan , Bertrand Maître
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Analysing the Experience of Discrimination in Ireland: Evidence from the QNHS Equality Module 2010
December 14, 2012

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Dorothy Watson , Gillian Kingston
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Work and Poverty in Ireland: An Analysis of CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions 2004-2010
December 11, 2012

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


Female Labour Supply and Divorce – New Evidence from Ireland
November 2, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Olivier Bargain, Libertad Gonzalez , Claire Keane , Berkay Ozcan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Exploring the Relative Influence of Family Stressors and Socio-Economic Context on Children’s Happiness and Well-Being
July 27, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Colette McAuley, Richard Layte
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


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