About us

We want lasting change for people and places in poverty, communities where everyone can thrive and a more equal society. Now and for future generations.

Read a summary of our strategic plan for 2012-2014 (PDF)
Read the full version of our strategic plan for 2012-2014 (PDF)


Our aim: to identify the root causes of poverty and injustice.

In a time of globalisation, economic strain and austerity, the poorer members of our society are at greatest risk.

But poverty isn’t just about money. We want to understand both how much money does matter and what other factors affect equality – housing, education, aspirations, culture.

We will search for practical ways to reduce both poverty and wider social and economic inequalities.

Read more about our work on poverty in the UK.


Our aim: to support resilient communities where people thrive.

Where you live is central to your quality of life.

We want to know what kind of housing suits different households and different stages of life. We believe it is vital to address persistent issues of homelessness and access to affordable, quality housing. We want to understand what makes good neighbourhoods and resilient communities in our diverse and changing world.

Read more about our work on place.

Ageing society

Our aim: to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing society.

UK society is ageing.

Whatever our age, there are implications for every part of
our lives – relationships, money, work, housing, benefits, health, social care, media, technology and design.

We want to explore what our ageing society means for us all, across the age range.

Read more about our work on an ageing society.

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