Social Inclusion, Gender and Equality

Our analysis helps policymakers improve their understanding of pressing social issues, so they can design better social safety nets and policy interventions.

Research, commentary, and events

  • Female employee holding laptop in modern office space, photo by Vadim Pastuh/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Financial independence and gender equality in the EU

    Being financially dependent on someone else can create and reinforce multiple forms of vulnerability and disadvantage. Through this study, researchers aim to strengthen the institutional capacity to address gender inequalities in financial independence across EU member states.

    02 Dec 2022

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    Project

    ‘Green’ jobs and skills development for disadvantaged groups

    People who face disadvantages, including those with low qualifications, may miss out on the opportunities presented by the transition to a greener economy. To ensure this is not the case, more targeted action is needed from relevant stakeholders, such as investing in skill-building among these populations.

    27 Oct 2022

  • Sad woman with head in hands, photo by Photoboyko/Getty Images

    Project

    Combatting psychological violence against women across the EU

    Commissioned by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), researchers conducted a study to help strengthen the institutional capacity of the EU and member states to combat psychological violence against women and coercive control.

    19 Jul 2022

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    Project

    Reviewing the evidence in key areas for the UK Department of Work and Pensions

    To inform policy and practice for DWP and other policymakers, researchers are conducting evidence reviews on effective contracting of employment and health services, digitalising welfare services, understanding state pension age systems, understanding household formation and preventing living-together fraud, and understanding the effectiveness of interventions to promote in-work progression.

    21 Mar 2022

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    Project

    European Platform for Investing in Children identifies 'practices that work' across member states

    Reflecting the European Commission’s policy focus on children at risk, EPIC evaluates and disseminates practices that improve outcomes. RAND Europe's latest EPIC policy memo examines juggling work and childcare during the pandemic.

    29 Dec 2021

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    Commentary

    Domestic Violence Support Staff Need More Help

    During the first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns, European Union states had a 60 percent increase in emergency calls about intimate-partner violence. Amid a protracted second wave that has led to further lockdowns, it may not be too late to provide the funding and legislative changes necessary to ensure domestic violence service providers can offer crucial support.

    15 Mar 2021

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    Project

    Examining COVID-19 and intimate partner violence

    Researchers identified 27 practices that—to varying degrees—have ensured the continuity, accessibility and sustainability of support to women victims during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    08 Mar 2021

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    Project

    Examining child participation in EU political and democratic life

    An examination of how children participate in decision-making processes across the EU — including at the member state and local level — highlights both challenges and opportunities for improvement. The most successful schemes to promote children’s participation are inclusive, impactful and child-led, but societal views and attitudes can present barriers.

    22 Feb 2021

  • Dad feeding baby while working from home on laptop computer at dining room table, photo by Inti St. Clair/Adobe Stock

    Journal Article

    Developments in Child and Family Policy in the EU in 2019

    This third annual trend report outlines and summarises new policy developments in the area of child and family policy in the 27 EU member states and the UK during 2019. The report provides information on key trends that took place in relation to the provision of early childhood education and care, family leave and actions to improve work-life balance, social and income support for families, and children's right to participation.

    01 Dec 2020

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    Commentary

    How Better Support Can Be Provided to Ex–Service Personnel in the Criminal Justice System

    Former armed forces personnel make up the UK's largest group of male prisoners by occupation. What can police and government do to provide targeted support in the criminal justice system to those from a military background?

    30 Nov 2020

  • Mother holding baby and working at her computer, photo by Burlingham/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Incentivising parents to return to the labour market after parental leave

    Employers in the EU have a wide range of options to incentivise parents of young children to return to work. Government policies addressing the unequal distribution of unpaid (care) work and reducing the gender pay gap would also help increase the employment of mothers.

    25 Nov 2020

  • Woman holding another's hands, showing compassion, photo by pressmaster/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Ideas to stimulate and sustain innovation in adult social care provision

    The demand for adult social care in the UK is rising and will continue to rise, but the supply of such care is struggling to keep up. Innovation in social care can enable more and better care to be delivered more cost-effectively.

    23 Oct 2020

  • Older man and woman sitting on a bench at an assisted living community, photo by monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Learning from Existing Novel Approaches to Solving the Adult Social Care Crisis Is Better Than Reinventing the Wheel

    The growing gap in the UK between the need for social care for older people and the provision of support arises not only from a crisis of funding, but also from a failure to learn from what is already being done well. Closing the gap might be achieved by learning from creative approaches already being tried and then implementing them.

    14 Oct 2020

  • Social worker with adult patient and a dog, photo by M.Dörr & M.Frommherz/Adobe Stock

    Journal Article

    Identifying innovations in adult social care and social work

    Researchers identified 158 innovations for potential evaluation and held a workshop with 23 stakeholders to prioritise a shortlist of top innovations to evaluate in adult social care and social work.

    17 Sep 2020

  • A women walks past an employment agency in London, June 16, 2020, photo by John Sibley/Reuters

    Commentary

    Long-Term Furloughs During COVID-19 Hold Risks for Employee Health and Well-Being

    Governments around the world have offered furlough schemes to try to delay employers from making any restructuring decisions during the pandemic. The aims of such programs are laudable. But they may come with unintended consequences.

    15 Jun 2020

  • Project

    Equal pay for equal work and the gender pay gap

    The European Parliament is exploring legislation around pay-transparency measures. Such measures have a clear potential to address unjustified or discriminatory wage gaps, but certain disadvantages need to be considered in implementing them.

    06 Mar 2020

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    Project

    Exploring NHS and Social Care Funding Options

    Research on different health and social care funding models assessed the popularity of different funding approaches among the UK public. Previous research examined other countries' funding schemes and found there is no single, commonly preferred solution to achieving sustainable revenues.

    07 Oct 2019

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    Commentary

    Health Funding—Finally Something We Can Agree On

    At a time when it has become common to think of the UK as a divided society, there are important questions of policy on which a great many people agree. How to fund the ever-growing needs of the NHS and social care is one such area of agreement.

    21 Feb 2019

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    Commentary

    Tax Funding of Health and Social Care Internationally: Does Hypothecation Help?

    The case for raising much more money to pay for health care and social care in the United Kingdom over the next few years is strong. Earmarking taxes for public funding of health care or social care is worth consideration.

    10 Jul 2018

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    Commentary

    Tackling EU Child Poverty Through a Child Guarantee

    Nearly 26.4 percent of children across the EU are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, poverty or social exclusion. The proposed Child Guarantee initiative might help address this issue. But it could also be worthwhile to encourage member states to look at funding mechanisms that are already in place.

    21 May 2018