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



Identifying Childhood Deprivation: How well do National Indicators of Poverty and Social Exclusion Perform?
June 29, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Christopher T Whelan, Bertrand Maître
Research Area: Children and Young People | Social Inclusion and Equality


Annual Monitoring Report on Integration 2011
June 5, 2012

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Emma Quinn , Gillian Kingston , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Understanding material deprivation: A comparative European Analysis
May 8, 2012 | Journal Article

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


Understanding Childhood Deprivation in Ireland
April 26, 2012

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître , Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Children and Young People | Social Inclusion and Equality


Wage Inequality in Ireland’s Celtic Tiger Boom
March 31, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Sarah Voitchovsky, Bertrand Maître , Brian Nolan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Multiple Disadvantage in Ireland: An Equality Analysis of Census 2006
March 23, 2012

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Pete Lunn , Emma Quinn , Helen Russell
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Measuring Discrimination Facing Ethnic Minority Candidates: An Irish Experiment
December 31, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Pete Lunn
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Quality of Public Services: Irish Public Perceptions and Implications for Renewal
December 14, 2011 | ESRI Economic Renewal Series

Authors: Dorothy Watson
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Households and Family Structures in Ireland
December 12, 2011

Authors: Pete Lunn, Tony Fahey
Research Area: Children and Young People | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Role of Social Institutions in Inter-Generational Mobility
November 20, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

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


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