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Cost of Living Research Group

The University of York has a long tradition of groundbreaking research on poverty, inequality, social justice, social policy and politics.

Today as a University for Public Good, we are bringing together our expertise from across the University to focus on the drivers of the cost of living, and its impact on the wellbeing of people and communities.

We work across a wide range of issues, supported by The York Policy Engine with funding from Research England. Our people and projects shape policy locally, regionally and nationally. Alongside our efforts as an academic community, the University of York is also supporting students and staff through the 2022/2023 cost of living crisis.

These pages provide further information about who we are, our research projects and our blogs.

Read our news and blogs

in food poverty in September 2022, up 50 per cent from April 2022.

The Food Foundation, 2022

in fuel stress by April 2023.

Child Poverty Action Group, 2022

stressed by financial situation

MetLife, 2022

increase in homelessness from January to March 2022 compared to last year.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, 2022

deaths due to the cold each year in England and Wales.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2015

Our publications

Who we are

The York Cost of Living Research Group work within the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Sciences and across the research themes of Justice and Equality and Health and Wellbeing.

Learn more about our team

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