Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom is the largest research project of its kind ever carried out in the UK and the research's findings have produced extensive details on the very high levels of deprivation in the UK today, its characteristics and causes. The findings have received widespread publicity and media coverage and have formed the basis of four books, a large number of journal papers and conference presentations. You can acccess details of these various articles, papers and publications through the left hand menu.
For a summary of the impact of the research on public debate and on policy practice in the UK and internationally, visit the Bristol University's impact story on 'Defining Poverty in the 21st Century' here.
Read the first report, The Impoverishment of the UK, published on 28 March, 2013.
View the presentations of the final results given at the PSE final conference and at the PSE Scotland conference, both in 2014.
'Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Volume 1- The nature and extent of the problem', edited by Esther Dermott and Gill Main (2018,) provides new insights the extent and nature of poverty for different social groups in the UK.
'Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Volume 2 - The dimensions of disadvantage', edited Glen Bramley and Nick Bailey (2018), explores the multi-dimensional nature of poverty, disadvanatage and social exclusion and provides an authoritative account of wlefare outcomes in the UK.
'Breadline Britain - the rise of mass poverty', by Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack (2015), examines the findings of this series of research and asks why in a country that is twice as rich as it was thirty years ago has poverty doubled.
'Families and Poverty: everyday life on a low income', by Mary Daly and Grace Kelly, focusses on the role and significance of family in the context of poverty and low income.
The PSE series of research
The research uses the consensual method for measuring poverty and develops and improves on the ‘Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey in Britain in 1999’ (funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation). This 1999 survey followed the ‘Breadline Britain in the 1990s’ and ‘Breadline Britain 1983’ surveys. This method was also used in the PSE Northern Ireland survey in 2002/3. It will therefore be the fourth in a series of nationally representative surveys in Britain and the second in Northern Ireland that use a consensual measure of minimum necessary living standards and direct measures of material and social deprivation rather than solely relying on proxy income data. This series of research projects provide a unique set of resources, enables trends in deprivation and poverty across the last thirty years to be tracked.
Further details can be found in the section headed 'The PSE research project bid and aims' on the PSE research page. Details of the project team, including the international and UK advisory boards, can be found here.