“Two Nations”? Brexit, inequality and social cohesion

The referendum back in June last year and the Brexit-related rhetoric since seem to suggest a nation divided in two… just like the famous Two Nations Speech in Disraeli’s 1845 novel Sybil. “Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as […]


Homelessness in the UK: Estimating the scale of the problem

The Homelessness Reduction Act passed its final reading in the House of Commons last month and will now become law. By strengthening and broadening the statutory duty on public authorities to prevent and relieve homelessness, the Act has potential to tackle a persistent and intensifying social issue. This blog post explores the anticipated changes, and […]


Job opportunity at CSI!

Today the Centre for Social Investigation has advertised for a Postdoctoral Research Officer to come and work with us on our new ESRC-funded project on attitude formation and change in the run-up to Brexit. The post is a full-time appointment for a fixed term of eighteen months starting on 1 July 2017 or as soon […]


Fourth CSI newsletter published

Welcome to the Centre for Social Investigation eNewsletter.   Announcements We were pleased to learn recently that we have been awarded an ESRC grant that will fund our timely and high impact research project ‘Fixed, Crystallising or Diverging: Attitude formation and change in the run-up to Brexit’ The project aims to monitor public attitudes towards […]


How do minorities come to adopt or reject national identities?

How do minorities come to adopt or reject national identities? The question ‘An Englishness Open To All?’ is the topic of a timely seminar being held today (31st March) by The Centre for English Identity and Politics at the University of Winchester. Alongside contributions from leading experts, Professor Anthony Heath delivered a presentation entitled How do […]


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. […]