Explaining Corruption in the Developed World: The Potential of Sociological Approaches

CSI is pleased to announce the publication of a new academic article in the Annual Review of Sociology: Explaining Corruption in the Developed World: The Potential of Sociological Approaches published online 23rd May 2016. Corruption is often thought to be confined to the developing world, particularly in its ‘street-level’ form, where money passes from the […]


Has ‘ignorance’ declined in Britain since the Beveridge Report?

In 1942, the Beveridge Report included ignorance as one of the five “giant evils” in society (along with want, disease, squalor and idleness). Seventy years on, how far have we come in vanquishing the evil of ignorance in Britain? Ignorance is in fact rather difficult to measure directly, so we’ll begin by talking about education. […]


A generational divide? *updated with video*

*Update* 22nd June 2016: CSI’s own Professor Heath features in CoVi’s video How can EU campaigners mobilise the #youthvote? CoVi have also put together some findings from the project so far into an interim report. The blog post below, written by Prof Heath, originally appeared on the Common Vision UK (@COVIthinktank) website 19th May 2016. […]


Policy successes and failures in reducing smoking in children

 Smoking has long been a public health priority, and particular efforts have been made to reduce smoking among children. As forty per cent of smokers started smoking before the age of 16, discouraging smoking in children is an obvious target for policy interventions. To this end, over recent years a range of progressive policy measures […]


Absent evidence: On ‘What Muslims Really Think’

Absent evidence: On ‘What Muslims Really Think’ Problems among British Muslims have never unnerved me. Some serious concerns do exist and they need resolving, including a significant prison population, high levels of deprivation (50% for Muslim households compared with a national average of 18%, see Fig 1), and low levels of employment, especially among women. […]


Are we facing a crisis in the affordability of private renting?

The growth of the private rental market has invited considerable speculation surrounding its causes and consequences. One key driver is the decreasing affordability of owner occupation, illustrated in Figure 1. In 1977, homes cost on average three times the median household income, but by 2013, homes cost 10.5 times median household incomes, making home ownership […]


Food insecurity: Five good reasons for national level monitoring

Yesterday I attended the meeting “Mapping the way forward on food poverty monitoring”, organised by Sustain alongside partners The Food Foundation, OXFAM, the Food Research Collaboration and Oxford University, and with participants from academia, campaign groups, and the NHS, among others. The day’s main discussion focussed on monitoring food poverty – whether and how we […]


We are smoking less in Britain, but is it all good news?

Smoking trends in Britain over the past 40 years are very encouraging (see Figure 1). In 1974 – the first date this information is available from – nearly half (45 per cent) of adults in Britain reported smoking cigarettes regularly, just over one third (37 per cent) of adults had never smoked, and 16 per […]