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Welfare and Social Inclusion


IER has undertaken a broad range of work on social inclusion encompassing workforce diversity, gender issues, studies on the labour market integration of younger people, research on paid and unpaid work in later life, the projection of employment by ethnic group and the deployment of migrants in the workforce, in particular sectors and more widely. Research on social inclusion has become more significant with the introduction of the Equality Act 2010.

A key focus at IER has also been research on in- work poverty, unemployment and worklessness and the development and evaluation of welfare policies - most recently via the Commission for Social Security, funded by the Trust for London, and the evaluation of Talent Match, a five-year programme supporting young people into work. Support for those out of work and welfare issues more generally have been key issues during the pandemic and may continue to do so during the post-Covid recovery.

Research areas

  • Ageing and employment
  • Equal opportunities and workforce diversity
  • Evaluation and development of welfare policies
  • Gender and social equality
  • Migration and social mobility
  • Unemployment and worklessness
  • Work and poverty
  • Youth labour market


We’re all in this together: Strategies for achieving employee retention during COVID-19 (20 October 2020).

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Selected recent projects

Ageing and employment

Age Unlimited - Learning Partner, National Endowment of Science; Technology and the Arts (NESTA) (2010-2012).

Activating Senior Potential in Ageing Europe, EU (2008-2011). 

Equal opportunities and workforce diversity

Carrying the work burden of the Covid-19 pandemic: working class women in the UK; UKRI (2020-2021).

Evaluation and development of welfare policies

Commission on Social Security; Trust for London (2018–2022).

Talent match evaluation and learning contract, Big Lottery Fund (2014-2015).

Gender and social equality

The state of sexism in UK schools; Funded by UK Feminista (2016-2017).

Unemployment and worklessness

Transnational Employment Platform - Long Term Unemployment; European Commission (2018 - 2019).

Theory and Practice of Change for a World without Poverty; Webb Memorial Trust (2016- 2017).

Work and poverty

Solving Poverty: Reforming Social Security/Welfare Benefits; Joseph Rowntree (2017).

Harnessing growth sectors for poverty reduction; ESRC (2014 - 2016).

International policy and practice review: how do cities lead and inclusive growth agenda?; JRF (2016)

Intergenerational worklessness and fragile employment; WAG (2015 - 2016).