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Inequality

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 team


  • Alex Beer
    Senior Consultant, Welfare
  • Programme Head, Welfare

  • Mark-Franks-Nuffield-Foundation-Together-alone-connecting-individual-and-collective-well-being-through-our-work-in-welfare
    Director, Welfare

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.

Inequality projects

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Reported

Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Atlas of inequality: understanding the local nature of a global phenomenon

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In progress

Education | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

The academic trajectory of disadvantaged pupils during Key Stage 3

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In progress

Welfare | 2018 – 2021

Inheritances and inequality within generations

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In progress

Welfare | 2018 – 2021

Investigating people-place effects in the UK using linked longitudinal survey and administrative data

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In progress

Education | 2017 – 2020

Early Words Together programme: a pilot randomised controlled trial

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In progress

Education | Welfare | 2017 – 2021

Socio-economic differences in grammar school access & outcomes

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In progress

Education | Welfare | 2017 – 2020

Fair admission to universities in England: improving policy & practice

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Reported

Welfare | 2017 – 2018

The distribution and dynamics of economic and social well-being in the UK

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Reported

Welfare | 2017 – 2019

The economic integration of refugees in the UK

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Reported

Education | Welfare | 2017 – 2019

Undermatch in higher education: prevalence, drivers and outcomes

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In progress

Welfare | 2017 – 2021

The psychological roots of societal self harm: mass participation experiments

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Two teenage male pupils study a science lesson as part of their post-16 options
In progress

Education | Justice | Welfare | 2016 – 2020

Socio-economic status and child antisocial behaviour

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We aim to improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder that offers more than money. Through connecting the individual projects we fund, we strengthen their collective impact and give voice to an overarching narrative.

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