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The ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)

The ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) was established in October 1997 with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It is located within the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economic and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and benefits from support from STICERD, including funding of its Toyota Fellow, and is associated with the School's Department of Social Policy. As well as research funding from the ESRC, it carries out research funded by other bodies, including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Home Office, UNICEF and the Sutton Trust.

The core research of CASE is divided between five inter-related strands:
  1. economic exclusion and income dynamics;
  2. social welfare institutions;
  3. family change and civil society;
  4. community, area polarisation and regeneration;
  5. and exclusion and society.
Its aim is to understand the dynamic processes at work within its areas of study and to investigate the individual characteristics and social institutions which prevent exclusion, and promote recovery, regeneration and inclusion.

CASE subsumes the former LSE Welfare State Programme, and includes the research and consultancy group, LSE Housing. It houses a number of postgraduate research students working on topics connected with its core areas of interest.

It organises regular seminars on empirical and theoretical issues connected with social exclusion, and co-organises the monthly Welfare Policy and Analysis Seminar, supported by the Department for Work and Pensions .

Case hosts visitors from Britain and overseas, and members of the LSE teaching staff on special sabbatical leave. The Centre publishes a series of discussion papers, CASEpapers, and a series of CASEbriefs, which summarise the research. Particular conferences and activities are summarised in our occasional CASEreports series. These are available from Jane Dickson or can be downloaded from our internet site.

In October 2002 CASE began work on a second five-year programme of research. The core research programme is divided under a number of inter-related headings: Under these headings we aim is to understand the dynamic processes at work within the areas of study and to investigate the individual characteristics and social institutions which prevent exclusion, and promote recovery, regeneration and inclusion.