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Emergency food in Britain: What next for social policy?

This week saw the publication of research on foodbank use in Britain conducted by the universities of Oxford and Chester, with the Trussell Trust. The report – entitled – #stillhungry – draws on four years’ referrals to West Cheshire Foodbank to provide an in-depth exploration of UK foodbank use. More specifically, the research explored additional […]


#stillhungry – new research on foodbank use in West Cheshire

The Centre for Social Investigation were commissioned by the West Cheshire Foodbank – which is part of the Trussell Trust foodbank network – to undertake detailed research into two years’ of referrals to West Cheshire Foodbank. This research provides some of the most systematic and detailed information ever presented about people receiving emergency food in […]

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Figure 1 Distribution of people into different SSS categories (0-10) in Belgium (BE), the Netherlands (NL), Slovenia (SI) and Ukraine (UA), % (European Social Survey, 2012)

Is social status inequality bad for the mental health of nations?

Thinking about social status, what would the ‘ideal’ type of society look like? Imagine social status as an entirely subjective matter, where individuals place themselves on an imaginary ladder based on where they think or feel they stand in the society… Would a society be ‘status equal’ (more egalitarian) if all its inhabitants tended to […]


First CSI newsletter published

  Welcome to the Centre for Social Investigation eNewsletter. Please click on the individual items below or on the link at the bottom of the page to view the full newsletter. New Research New report on The changing origins of social mobility: socio-economic inequalities and changing opportunities for the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. Our report […]


Integrated Britain?

Almost every scholar, commentator and politician has their own definition of integration. My own approach is, first, to distinguish integration from assimilation. Assimilation I take to mean a process whereby migrants, and their descendants, increasingly come to be the same as other members of the society in their language, culture and attitudes, identities, and social […]


How do Europeans differ in their attitudes to immigration?

Immigration continues to be one of the most topical and pressing political issues in Europe, with voters in many countries rating it high on the political agenda, and new ‘radical right’ political parties which oppose immigration emerging in many countries.  With continuing high levels of labour migration to many western European countries, as well as […]

Is [this country] made a worse or a better place to live by people coming to live here from other countries? Source: European Social Survey

Figure 1: Proportion of 11-year-old British children who use public libraries by family social class in 1969 and 2012

Childhood origins of social mobility: Response to the media

Last week the government’s Social Mobility Commission published a report undertaken by the Centre for Social Investigation on the childhood origins of social mobility in the UK. In this report, we explored the social differences in experiences that are important to children’s later prospects, including parental engagement, children’s behavioural problems, deviant behaviours, and families’ social […]


The childhood origins of social mobility

The Centre for Social Investigation were commissioned by the government’s Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission (now the Social Mobility Commission) to undertake research on the origins of children’s social mobility and explore how this has changed over the past 60 years. Our report was published on 9th June 2016 and can be downloaded here. […]

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Figure 1: Experience of bribery across developed nations; countries presented are available in Global Corruption Barometer and are ranked as having the "Highest" level of development on the 2014 HDI. The results presented rely on data from the TI Global Corruption Barometer (pooled 2006 - 2013) provided by Transparency International

Explaining Corruption in the Developed World: The Potential of Sociological Approaches

CSI is pleased to announce the publication of a new academic article in the Annual Review of Sociology: Explaining Corruption in the Developed World: The Potential of Sociological Approaches published online 23rd May 2016. Corruption is often thought to be confined to the developing world, particularly in its ‘street-level’ form, where money passes from the […]