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, […]

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 – […]

Emergency food in Britain: What next for social policy?

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Childhood origins of social mobility: Response to the media

Last week the government’s Social Mobility Commission published a report undertaken by the Centre for Social Investigation on the childhood origins of social mobility in the UK. In this report, we explored the social differences in experiences that are important to children’s later prospects, including parental engagement, children’s behavioural problems, […]