Inequalities are at the forefront of many contemporary public and policy debates. We want to understand the causes of inequalities, the effect they have on people’s chances in life, and to identify viable policy options for a more inclusive society.
The inequality research we fund explores all types of inequality, including income, health, wealth, gender, ethnicity, disability, geography, age and education. We recognise that different types of inequality are often interrelated and can affect people’s concept of fairness, rights and identity.
Our inequality research explores the ways in which factors such as socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, community, and geography affect the vulnerability of people to different types of risk and identifies ways that such risk can be mitigated.
We also want to understand what interventions might promote opportunity and reduce adversity through different life stages and promote social inclusion between and across generations.
Our impact in inequality
Over 1.2 million people have accessed findings from the only independent, comprehensive analysis of the effects of the major economic and political changes in the UK between 2007-2015. The Social Policy in a Cold Climate project examined the impact of these changes on distribution, poverty and inequality – generating debate in the media and parliament.
NIESR’s report on regional inequality, funded as part of our pre-election briefing series in 2017, was widely used by the media to scrutinise the manifestos of the major political parties.
Our work has influenced policy on social mobility. In 2016, the Social Mobility Commission’s annual ‘State of the Nation’ report referenced 11 different projects funded by the Nuffield Foundation, relating to aspects of childcare, inequality and education spending.