The ESRC has funded a major research project into Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK. This project is a collaboration between the University of Bristol, University of Glasgow, Heriot Watt University, Open University, Queen’s University (Belfast), University of York, National Centre for Social Research and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. The project commences in April 2010 and will run for three-and-a-half years.

The primary purpose is to advance the 'state of the art' of the theory and practice of poverty and social exclusion measurement.  In order to improve current measurement methodologies, the research will develop and repeat the 1999 Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey. This research will produce information of immediate and direct interest to policy makers, academics and the general public.  It will provide a rigorous and detailed independent assessment on progress towards the UK Government's target of eradicating child poverty.


This research has three main objectives;

  1. To improve the measurement of poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and standard of living . 
  2. To assess changes in poverty and social exclusion in the UK
  3. To conduct policy-relevant analyses of poverty and social exclusion

Further information

Contact: Prof David Gordon

Start date
31 March 2010
End date
30 March 2014
Grant holder
Professor David Gordon
Ms Joanna Mack
Ms Christina Pantazis
Professor Ruth Levitas
Dr Esther Dermott
Dr Brian Livingston
Professor Glen Bramley
Professor Sarah Payne
Dr Eldin Fahmy
Mr Nick Bailey
Dr Pauline Heslop
Mr Nick Bailey
Dr Simon Pemberton
Professor Michael Tomlinson
Dr Demi Patsios
Ms Maria Gannon
Professor Mary Daly
Professor Jonathan Bradshaw
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Grant reference
Social Policy
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