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



Unemployment, Poverty and Psychological Distress
January 1, 1991 | General Research Series

Authors: Christopher T Whelan, Damian Hannan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Development and Maintenance of Smoking, Drinking and other Drug Use among Dublin Post-Primary Pupils
October 1, 1990 | General Research Series

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


Poverty, Income and Welfare in Ireland
September 1, 1989 | General Research Series

Authors: Tim Callan, Brian Nolan , Brendan Whelan , Damian Hannan
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


The Link Between Poverty and Unemployment
July 31, 1989 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Kieran Kennedy
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Family, Economy and Government in Ireland
January 1, 1989 | General Research Series

Authors: Finola Kennedy
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


State Care — Some Children’s Alternative
May 1, 1988 | Broadsheet Series

Authors: Kathleen O'Higgins, Maura Boyle
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Family Planning Services in Ireland with Particular Reference to Minors
December 10, 1986 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Kathleen O'Higgins
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Smoking, Drinking and Other Drug Use Among Dublin Post-Primary School Pupils
November 1, 1986 | General Research Series

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


A Statistical Analysis of the Irish Electoral Register and its Use for Population Estimation and Sample Surveys
July 1, 1986 | General Research Series

Authors: Gary Keogh, Brendan Whelan
Research Area: Social Inclusion and Equality


Population Structure and Living Circumstances of Irish Travellers: Results from the 1981 Census of Traveller Families
July 1, 1986 | General Research Series

Authors: David Rottman, Miriam Wiley
Research Area: Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


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