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



Estimating the Extra Cost of Living for People with Disabilities
May 9, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Seán Lyons
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Annual Monitoring Report on Integration 2010
May 4, 2011

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


Equality and Discrimination: Lessons from a Research Programme and a Conference
April 20, 2011 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


The Changing Faces of Ireland: Exploring the Lives of Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Children
April 7, 2011

Editors: Merike Darmody
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education | Social Inclusion and Equality


The association between Income Inequality and Mental Health: Testing Status Anxiety, Social Capital, and Neo-Materialist Explanations
March 9, 2011 | Journal Article

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


Financial Exclusion and Over-indebtedness in Irish Households
March 8, 2011

Authors: Helen Russell, Bertrand Maître , Nora Donnelly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Identifying Economically Vulnerable Groups as the Economic Crisis Emerged
December 20, 2010 | Journal Article

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


Social Mobility and Equality of Opportunity
December 20, 2010 | Geary Lecture Series

Authors: Richard Breen
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Making Equality Count: Irish and International Research Measuring Equality and Discrimination
November 18, 2010

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


Introduction: Making Equality Count
November 18, 2010 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Laurence Bond, Frances McGinnity , Helen Russell
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


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