SPIRU writes for anti-poverty practitioners, academics and the general public. We welcome enquires about any of our written work and proposals for us to work with you.

Listed below are examples of recent research outputs. 


Local Action to Tackle Food Insecurity During the Coronavirus Crisis

SPIRU was commisioned by the Poverty and Inequality Commission to conduct a survey of community organisations across Scotland providing emergency food which informed the Commission's recommendations.

SPIRU Report for Assist

This substantial SPIRU research report utilises the sector’s existing evidence base on school meals in Scotland, adding new insight from new fieldwork and secondary analysis of the annual school meals census. Authored by Professor McKendrick, with contributions from SPIRU work placement students. Published for Assist FM in August 2019.

Listening to the lived experience of poverty in Scotland

This SPIRU report is a review of recent evidence of the views and experiences of those who live in poverty in Scotland, focusing on income, expenditure and wealth. Authored by Professor McKendrick and Julie Brown for the Poverty and Inequality Commission. Published in December 2018 and available in full and summary report format.

Estimating child poverty locally across Scotland 

A swift read briefing written by Professor McKendrick for the Local Government Information Unit. Published in 2019. 

Gender equality and the ‘risk’ of living in Scotland’s deprived areas

The latest contribution of SPIRU to the Poverty Alliance’s Scottish Anti-Poverty Review. Published in 2020.

New measures, new distractions

SPIRU’s contribution to the Winter 2019 edition of the Poverty Alliance’s Scottish Anti-Poverty Review. This research comment reflects on the new measure of poverty proposed by the Social Metrics Commission.

Make it your business to tackle child poverty

SPIRU’s contribution to Children in Scotland’s 25 Calls campaign, which marked their 25th anniversary.  This commentary argues that tackling child poverty is everyone’s responsibility.  Published in 2019.

A collection of older publications are available on Professor Stephen Sinclair's and Professor John McKendrick's profile.