UK Academic
UK Governmental
UK Non-Governmental Organisations
International Academic
International Governmental
International Non-Governmental Organisations

UK Academic

Centre for Research in Social Policy, University of Loughborough
Poverty and Social Exclusion page

Centre for Research into Socially Inclusive Services, Heriot-Watt University
CRSIS is an interdisciplinary research centre which stimulates, supports, undertakes and disseminates research into the provision and use of local private and public services in deprived areas. It is one of the few organisations anywhere in the World which does this kind of research

Chronic Poverty Research Centre, University of Manchester

Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol
An excellent source of information and contact point for research into health inequality in Britain – this website includes some Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research papers – see

ESRC Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion – London School of Economics
An excellent collection of free publications on social exclusion and poverty

European Panel Analysis Group (EPAG), University of Essex
A number of good working papers on poverty dynamics in the European Union

Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex
Poverty and Social Policy research page – see also the IDS Poverty & Social Policy literature reviews

Institute for Fiscal Studies Inequality page

Institute for Public Policy Research

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Lots of free summaries of research on poverty once you have registered

New Policy Institute
tank that produces the annual report on Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Personal Finance Research Centre, University of Bristol
Some excellent research work on financial exclusion

Poverty and Social Exclusion in Northern Ireland
Provides data that allow Northern Ireland to be compared with the results of the British Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey

Professor Jonathan Bradshaw, York University of York
many free unpublished research papers on child poverty, including several papers on the Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey of Britain

Scottish Poverty Information Unit, Glasgow Caledonian University
The Scottish Poverty Information Unit aims to research and collate information about poverty in Scotland and to make it accessible to community groups, voluntary organisations and people working in the anti-poverty field. The Unit also hopes to make a contribution by providing information needed to develop and evaluate effective anti-poverty work.

Social Policy Research Unit, University of York
Research on living standards, money and poverty

South Bank University, European Institute
Social Exclusion and Social Protection (EXSPRO) pages - The aim of the EXSPRO project is to analyse the issues that will contribute to the development of policy to combat social exclusion in the European Union and its member states.

UK Governmental

Department of Health - inequality targets
The Government gave a commitment in The NHS Plan that, for the first time ever, local targets for reducing health inequalities would be reinforced by the creation of national health inequalities targets – September 2001

Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions regeneration research
Including the Index of Deprivation 2000

Department for Work and Pensions Analytical Services Division

Department of Work and Pensions publications:

Opportunity for all - Tackling poverty and social exclusion, First Annual Report 1999
Opportunity for all - One year on: making a difference, Second Annual Report 2000
Opportunity for all -Making progress, Third Annual Report 2001
Households Below Average Income 1994/5 to 1998/9
Households Below Average Income 1999/00

Neighbourhood Renewal Unit

Office for National Statistics Social Inequalities Report 2000

Scottish Executive: Social Justice Area Regeneration and Social Inclusion Division

Scottish Executive Central Research Unit (CRU)
Social justice research including the Social Inclusion Research Bulletin and Social Inclusion Research Findings

Social Exclusion Unit

Social Security Select Committee report on pensioner poverty – July 2000

UK Non-Governmental Organisations

Barnado's vision is that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination.  In September Barnardo's launched their campaign 2000 - 'Counting the Cost of Child Poverty'

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
CPAG promotes action for the relief, directly or indirectly, of poverty among children and families with children.  Publishes Poverty the facts.

Church Action on Poverty
Church Action on Poverty is an ecumenical, educational and campaigning organisation, committed to tackling poverty in the UK.  They work with churches and other groups across the UK to ensure that the voices of people with firsthand experience of poverty are heard.

Oxfam GB
Oxfam GB is a development, relief, and campaigning organisation dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering around the world.

The Poverty Alliance
The Poverty Alliance is a national anti-poverty development agency for Scotland

Swansea Poverty Action Network
The website for Swansea people and organisations who are committed to combating local poverty and social exclusion

War on Want

International Academic

Belgian Review of Social Security

The Economic and Social Research Institute
The leading research centre on poverty in Ireland.  The ESRI conducts the Living in Ireland survey which is used by the Irish government to measure poverty

European Low-Wage Employment Research Network (LoWER)
The network brings together more than twenty European researchers on low pay, minimum wages, wage inequality and employment – Based in The Netherlands

Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
IRP is a national university-based centre for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States

The International Development Research Centre
A public corporation created  by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and  environmental problems through research

International Social Science Council: Comparative Research Programme on Poverty

Joint Centre for Poverty Research
Publishes Poverty Research News – USA

Luxembourg Income Study
working papers on income poverty in industrialised countries

Poverty Mapping
The project Improving Methods for Poverty and Food Insecurity Mapping and its Use at Country Level pools know-how, data and technical skills of the three international organisations FAO, CGIAR and UNEP/GRID plus various other international expert institutions to provide the public with poverty maps from the global to the sub-national level

Social Policy Research Centre
The leading poverty research organisation in Australia, they have done excellent work on child poverty with UNICEF and on Budget Standards

UNICEF Innocenti Report
A League Table of Child Poverty in Rich Nations.  This UNICEF report on child poverty in the world’s wealthiest nations, concludes that one in six of the rich world’s children is poor - a total of 47 million – Free PDF download

US National Institute for Social Science Information - Urban Poverty research

International Governmental

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
CIDA supports sustainable development activities in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world

International fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) - Rural Poverty
The IFAD’s mission is to work with the poorest populations in rural areas of developing countries to: eliminate hunger and poverty; enhance food security; raise productivity and incomes; and improve the quality of life through improved access to productive resources, and empowerment.  It is one of the three UN organisations that produce estimates of World Poverty – see UNDP & World Bank

International Monetary Fund Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF)
In September 1999, the objectives of the IMF's concessional lending were broadened to include an explicit focus on poverty reduction in the context of a growth oriented strategy.  See SAPRIN and Social Watch websites for a more realistic assessment of the problems of the IMF/World Bank anti-poverty policies

International parliamentarian world appeal for the Tobin tax
shows there is large support throughout the world for a Tobin type tax that would slow down speculation, impose rules on the financial markets and finance the fight against poverty and for the developing countries

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) POVNET 
In recent years a renewed impetus has emerged in the international community around the central goal of reducing extreme poverty by half by 2015. In order to help bilateral aid agencies sharpen the focus and impact of their poverty reduction efforts, the OECD established in 1998 the OECD Network on Poverty Reduction (POVNET).

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
The overall goal of SIDA is to raise the standard of living of poorer groups of people in the world – Sweden

United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty
In December 1995, the General Assembly adopted resolution 50/107 proclaiming the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006). In December 1996, resolution 51/178 laid down the theme for the Decade as a whole which is "Eradicating poverty is an ethical, social, political and economic imperative of humankind.".  The Bulletin for the Eradication of Poverty is available from this site

United Nations Expert Group on Poverty Statistics
United Nations Expert Group on Household Income Statistics

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Poverty Eradication
UNDP helps developing countries plan and implement national strategies and solutions for reducing poverty. It is one of the three UN organisations that produce estimates of World Poverty – see IFAD & World Bank

US Census Bureau poverty page
These are the official poverty estimates for the USA

World Bank PovertyNet
The Poverty Net Newsletter is available on this site. It is one of the three UN organisations that produce estimates of World Poverty – see IFAD & UNDP

International Non-Governmental Organisations

ATD Fourth World Movement
ATD is an international non-governmental organisation dedicated to overcoming extreme poverty. Its goal is to explore all possibilities of partnership with families living in chronic poverty and to encourage more private citizens and public officials to join this effort.

Canadian Council on Social Development

Combat Poverty Agency
The aim of the Combat Poverty Agency is to promote a more just and inclusive society by working for the prevention and elimination of poverty and social exclusion in Ireland.

European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)
EAPN is an independent coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and groups involved in the fight against poverty and social exclusion in the Member States of the European Union

European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad)
Eurodad is a network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in 16 European countries working on the issues of Third World debt, structural adjustment, and financial markets in order to ensure that their views be brought to bear on decision-makers in Europe, the Bretton Woods Institutions and other relevant players.

Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty – USA

International Poverty and Health Network
The International Poverty and Health Network [IPHN] formed following a series of meetings of World Health Organisation [WHO] meetings on the theme of poverty and health.

National Centre for Children in Poverty - USA

RECEPAC - Network Against the Extreme Poverty
The RECEPAC Network is an organization that was born of the necessity of uniting efforts of social organizations of producers and non govermental groups of the four poorest states of Mexico: Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Hidalgo. – Mexico

Social Watch
This is an excellent web site based in Uruguay for the international citizens’ coalition monitoring implementation of the world governments'  commitments to eradicate poverty and achieve gender equity

Structural Adjustment Participatory Review International Network (SAPRIN)
This large network of NGO’s works with a broad range of citizens' groups ion four continents to  assess the real impact of World Bank and IMF-supported economic-reform programs and to chart a new course for the future.

Maintained by: Eldin Fahmy
Last updated: 06/03/02