The world is increasingly becoming polarized. Inequality between the rich and the poor, majority whites and racial minorities, immigrants and the native-born, and developed and developing countries are on the rise. Not only is it hard for people to achieve intragenerational mobility, but family background is increasingly dictating the wellbeing and socioeconomic outcomes of the next generation. The dramatic rise in social inequality has rekindled a need for us to understand the determinants and consequences of social inequality.
The Centre for Research on Social Inequality (CRSI) is one of the eight governing research centres that encompass the Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST), which brings together the research centres in the Faculty of Social Science. It promotes and supports innovative research on social inequality.