Poverty and Social Exclusion UK Survey

‌This project was a collaboration between the University of Bristol, University of Glasgow, Heriot Watt University, Open University, Queen’s University (Belfast), University of York, the National Centre for Social Research and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

The primary purpose was to advance the 'state of the art' of the theory and practice of poverty and social exclusion measurement. In order to improve current measurement methodologies, the research developed and repeated the 1999 Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey, producing information of immediate and direct interest to policy makers, academics and the general public. 

The research had three main objectives:

  1. To improve the measurement of poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and standard of living
  2. To assess changes in poverty and social exclusion in the UK
  3. To conduct policy-relevant analyses of poverty and social exclusion

For further information, please visit the project website.


  • Prof Dave Gordon (PI - University of Bristol)
  • Nick Bailey (Urban Studies, University of Glasgow)
  • Maria Gannon (Urban Studies, University of Glasgow)
  • Mark Livingston (Urban Studies, University of Glasgow)
  • and a large team from the various partner institutions


The findings of this project are summarised in the following published books;


Bailey, N. (2016) Exclusionary employment in Britain’s broken labour market. Critical Social Policy, 36(1), pp. 82-103.(doi:10.1177/0261018315601800)

Bailey, N. , Besemer, K., Bramley, G. and Livingston, M. (2015) How neighbourhood social mix shapes access to resources from social networks and from services. Housing Studies, 30(2), pp. 295-314.(doi:10.1080/02673037.2014.1000834)

Gannon, M. and Bailey, N. (2014) Attitudes to the 'necessities of life': would an independent Scotland set a different poverty standard to the rest of the UK? Social Policy and Society, 13(3), pp. 321-336. (doi:10.1017/S1474746414000165)


April 2010 to September 2013


ESRC (£4.3m)