It’s employment status, not class, that affects mental health

Lindsay Richards, University of Oxford and Marii Paskov, University of Oxford For the last few decades, research into social determinants of health and well-being seemed to tell a simple story: the poorer you are, or the lower your class, the worse your health and well-being is likely to be. The gradient can be replicated with […]


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Are parents too busy for their kids these days?

Does modern life mean that parents are too busy to spend quality time with their children? In contemporary Britain mothers have been entering the labour market in greater numbers than in the past and there have been plenty of other societal changes too: lone parenthood has increased, marriage rates declined, and parenthood delayed. Gender roles […]


Muslim penalties in the labour market: Why do women fare so badly?

Ethnic minorities face well-documented penalties in the labour market. From higher levels of poverty and unemployment to lower wages and reduced social mobility, members of ethnic minority communities enjoy lower success in the labour market than the majority White British. Yet, this focus on ethnicity – while unquestionably important – has sometimes served to overlook […]

Figure 2: Muslims are the religious group with the greatest language difficulties, particularly among women
Source: 2011 Census, England table CT0557

Emergency food in Britain: What next for social policy?   Recently updated !

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 […]

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#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 […]


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 […]

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)

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 […]


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

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 […]