The importance of measuring hunger

The importance of measuring hunger Rising foodbank use over recent years suggests that UK hunger is becoming more widespread. However, foodbank use is a poor measure of hunger, and more reliable data are not collected in the UK. Indirect measures demonstrate that the number of people skipping meals or compromising their food choices has also […]


CSI conference papers available online

Conference papers from the 3rd International European Social Survey Conference are now available online. Three papers presented by the CSI team are available to download and are listed below. Other papers also presented at the conference are available to download from the ESS website here.   How do Europeans differ in their attitudes to immigration? Paper […]


Third CSI newsletter published

Welcome to the Centre for Social Investigation eNewsletter. New Research The European Social Survey “Topline” Report on Attitudes to Immigration, written by Anthony Heath and Lindsay Richards. More detail is available here. Key findings: Most European publics have become more positive over the last decade in their view that immigrants have made their country a better […]


New paper explores novel measure of socio-cultural origins

Today the European Social Survey has announced a new paper looking at measures of socio-cultural origins. The paper is written by Silke Schneider at GESIS, CSI’s Anthony Heath, and Sarah Butt at City, University of London. It is aimed primarily at researchers of ethnicity, who now have greater detail available for comparative studies than before. […]


Social integration and British values: how divided are we?

Just over a decade ago, Tony Blair made a speech about British Values, and here they are back on the political agenda again. Indeed, maybe they never went away, with both Brown and Cameron talking about values during their time in office too. British values also featured prominently in the recent Casey Report on community […]


European Social Survey Topline Report released

This week sees the release of the European Social Survey’s “Topline” Report on Attitudes to Immigration, written by Anthony Heath and Lindsay Richards. Anthony Heath has led the pan-European team that worked together to develop this module in the ESS, making it one of the most detailed investigations into immigration attitudes, and with the broadest […]


Is food insecurity rising in the UK?

The well-publicised growth in the number of people using foodbanks has served to establish food insecurity as a critical social policy issue facing the UK. Debates have considered whether this reported growth reflects genuine need, or whether data on the number of food parcels distributed by foodbanks capture an underlying problem that has only recently […]


Second 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 foodbank use in West Cheshire with the Trussell Trust and University of Chester. The report – entitled #stillhungry – explored in […]


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 […]


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 […]