Fourth CSI newsletter published

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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 key aspects of the Brexit negotiations
  • The study will cover attitudes and expectations about the control of immigration, trade, borders, and sovereignty (‘taking back control’), among other topics
  • We will investigate willingness to accept trade-offs: what the red lines and where are people willing to compromise?
  • We will also explore drivers of opinion and opinion change, such as social identities (e.g. Brexiteer), and macro-economic developments
  • The project will commence next month and run for 18 months and will be in collaboration with the University of Oxford’s Migration Observatory and Department of Sociology


New Research

Along with colleagues at the University of Manchester, Anthony Heath published an article on inter- and intra-generational social mobility effects on subjective well-being in China in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Key findings:

  • Both inter- and intra- generational upward mobility boosts well- being
  • Intergenerational downward mobility has no major consequences on well-being, which may be due to the prospect of counter-mobility and inherited family resources
  • Intra-generational downward mobility has significant negative effects on well-being. This is due to both the disadvantages of the low class and of the downward trajectory


Valentina Di Stasio published an article on overeducation, undereducation and horizontal mismatches in Sociology of Education, comparing employers’ hiring preferences in Britain and the Netherlands. Key findings:

  • British employers are more likely to hire overeducated applicants than Dutch employers
  • British employers use, in general, more lenient hiring criteria: they are more likely to hire candidates with qualifications that do not match the occupation of destination


Along with Dr Neli Demireva from the University of Essex, Anthony Heath published an article on ethnic minority embeddedness and economic integration in Social Inclusion. Key findings:

  • Area deprivation is a major source of poor economic outcomes both for the white British and for ethnic minorities (with the interesting exception of employment in the case of the White British)
  • The presence of minorities does not appear to have any harmful effects for the White British
  • In the case of minorities, embeddedness did prove to have some negative effects although these were attenuated by controls for area deprivation



Anthony Heath delivered a presentation entitled How do minorities come to adopt or reject national identities? at a seminar on ‘An Englishness Open To All?’ hosted by The Centre for English Identity and Politics at the University of Winchester. His slides are available on the CSI website.


Elisabeth Garratt spoke at an event on food poverty in the UK, part of the Big Conversation against Food Poverty in Britain.


Anthony Heath and Valentina Di Stasio presented preliminary results from a field experiment on ethnic discrimination at a roundtable entitled Understanding labour market integration at Church House, Westminster



Anthony Heath, Lindsay Richards and Magda Borkowska submitted further evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group’s ongoing inquiry into Social Integration. Our submission is available on request – please email us at


Elisabeth Garratt’s article on the role of income on children’s behavioural problems was featured on the Child and Family Blog.


Anthony Heath participated in an event organised by the Centre for Opportunity and Equality, OECD, Paris on ‘Understanding the socio-economic divide in Europe’.


Elisabeth Garratt wrote a blog post on the importance of measuring hunger for the End Hunger UK campaign.


Anthony Heath attended the first roundtable discussion of the Race Disparity Audit in the Cabinet Office. The unit is taking forward the Prime Minister’s commitment to tackling racial disparity – specifically to reveal how people from different racial backgrounds – BAME and White working class – interact with public services, in treatment and outcomes.


Elisabeth Garratt wrote a blog post on young minorities’ adoption and rejection of national identities.



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The Centre for Social Investigation (CSI) is based at Nuffield College, Oxford University. The Centre aims to address contemporary social issues of public interest, carrying out authoritative research on central social issues which draws upon interdisciplinary expertise in economics, politics and sociology, and related disciplines. The Centre’s research is independent and non-partisan; as such, it has no political affiliation or leaning.