The ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) is a multidisciplinary centre, promoting collaboration between economists, sociologists and other social scientists, and using quantitative social science to provide evidence with which to address key societal challenges. MiSoC has been based at ISER at the University of Essex since 1989, but it is a collaboration with specialists from universities around the world, and the current research programme is run jointly with researchers at the University of Bristol. Our research themes aim to address questions that reflect social inequalities: how and why are resources such as income, health and wellbeing distributed, how is technology changing the demand for skills in the labour market, and how can we help young people from all backgrounds have access to acquiring these skills? Our work also explores how families are changing, how society and the economy are affected by ageing and migration, and how behaviours, attitudes and outcomes are passed down from one generation to the next.
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Following a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford, the government’s COVID Summer Food Fund will provide food vouchers for children from low-income families who are eligible for free school meals. What are the likely results?
The academic community pays tribute to our longest-serving member of staff, Dr Malcolm Brynin, Reader at ISER, and a leading expert on race and gender pay gaps and inequalities, who has died from cancer