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

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PSE Working paper;Methods Series No.25: Community engagement in challenging times

Author: Gabi Kent Date: 30 April 2014 Working paper


ESRC Poverty and Social Exclusion UK Working Paper: Analysis Series No.5 Attitudes to the necessities of life in Scotland; can a UK poverty standard be applied in Scotland?

Co-author: Maria Gannon Date: 08 January 2014 Working paper


Disabled people and their relationship with poverty, Heslop,P.

Author: Pauline Heslop Date: 08 January 2014 Working paper


ESRC Poverty and Social Exclusion - Working Paper Analysis Series No. 4 Are Minimum Standards becoming less generous; attitudes to Necessities in the PSE Omnibus 2012 Survey

Co-author: Joanna Mack Date: 02 December 2013 Working paper

Poverty and social exclusion in the UK

Author: Mike Tomlinson Date: 22 October 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Director: David Gordon Date: 03 July 2013 Website

Director: David Gordon Date: 02 July 2013 Website

The Poverty and Social Exclusion Project

Author: Mike Tomlinson Date: 21 June 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Children versus pensioners: which have benefitted most from the state over the last 30 years?

Author: Jonathan Bradshaw Date: 06 June 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Child poverty and child well-being in comparative perspective

Author: Jonathan Bradshaw Date: 01 June 2013 Book chapter

Measuring material deprivation in the EU: Indicators for the whole population

Author: David Gordon Date: 19 April 2013 Conference paper/presentation

PSE UK Findings

Author: Gabi Kent Date: 18 April 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Poverty and Social Exclusion: the state of play

Author: Mike Tomlinson Date: 17 April 2013 Conference paper/presentation

There May be Trouble Ahead? Poverty, Exclusion & Welfare Reform

Author: David Gordon Date: 16 April 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Child well-being in rich countries: The messages for the UK (UNICEF Innocenti Report Card 11)

Author: David Gordon Date: 16 April 2013 Other publication/report

Poverty and Social Exclusion survey findings

Author: David Gordon Date: 16 April 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Beyond The Foodbank

Author: Ruth Levitas Date: 13 April 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Housing and poverty evidence review; The links between housing and poverty

Author: Jonathan Bradshaw Date: 05 April 2013 Other publication/report

Local Incomes and Poverty in Scotland

Author: Glen Bramley Date: 29 March 2013 Other publication/report

Measuring Poverty

Author: Grace Kelly Date: 16 March 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Troubled Families: misrepresenting poverty

Author: Ruth Levitas Date: 15 March 2013 Conference paper/presentation


PSE Working Paper Statistical Briefing Note No.4 - Attitudes to necessities 2012: Great Britain versus Northern Ireland in the UK Omnibus data set

Co-author: Demi Patsios Date: 13 March 2013 Working paper

Inequality and the economy

Author: Stewart Lansley Date: 24 February 2013 Conference paper/presentation

The legacy of Rowntree

Author: Jonathan Bradshaw Date: 23 February 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Family life in conditions of low income in Northern Ireland

Author: Grace Kelly Date: 22 February 2013 Conference paper/presentation

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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
Grant amount
Grant reference
Social Policy
Grant type