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



Workplace Equality in the Recession? The Incidence and Impact of Equality Policies and Flexible Working
November 15, 2011

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


Welfare Regime and Social Class Variation in Poverty and Economic Vulnerability in Europe: An Analysis of EU-SILC
October 8, 2011 | Journal Article

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


Country Case Study – Ireland
September 30, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

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


A Social Portrait of People with Disabilities in Ireland
September 21, 2011

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Brian Nolan
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Should We Be Worried About Income Inequality in Ireland?
September 1, 2011 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Richard Layte
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Pregnancy at Work: A National Survey
June 27, 2011

Authors: Helen Russell, Dorothy Watson , Joanne Banks
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Pregnancy and Employment: A Literature Review
June 27, 2011

Authors: Joanne Banks, Helen Russell
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace: Legal Framework and Review of Legal Decisions 1999 to 2008
June 27, 2011

Authors: Joanne Banks, Helen Russell
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Low Pay, In-Work Poverty and Economic Vulnerability: A Comparative Analysis Using EU-SILC
May 27, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Bertrand Maître, Brian Nolan , Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Income and Asset Levels of Older People
May 10, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Richard Layte
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


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