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 and attitudes, identities, and social […]


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 European countries, as well as […]


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, deviant behaviours, and families’ social […]


The childhood origins of social mobility

The Centre for Social Investigation were commissioned by the government’s Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission (now the Social Mobility Commission) to undertake research on the origins of children’s social mobility and explore how this has changed over the past 60 years. Our report was published on 9th June 2016 and can be downloaded here. […]


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. […]