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Brexit negotiations and public opinion – CSI’s Brexit survey launched   Recently updated !

The team working on the Brexit project at CSI are pleased to announce that the fieldwork has commenced. The project on ‘Red lines and compromises’ began with a short pilot study among a panel of 100 people surveyed from across England, which included a knowledge quiz. Preliminary results suggest that the pilot respondents are fairly […]


Should we be worried about cybercrime?

Levels of concern about cybercrime are high, with most people agreeing that cybercrime is on the increase and about two thirds expressing concern about data security. But are our worries warranted? Figures from the most recent Crime Survey for England and Wales suggested that 4.4% of people reported being a victim of bank or credit […]


“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 […]


Red lines and compromises – what are the public’s red lines in the negotiations and what are they prepared to compromise on?

We are happy to announce that we have been awarded a £300,000 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 key aspects of the Brexit negotiations as they evolve over […]


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 […]