PIRU specialises in socio-legal and employment research. Its last 10 studies investigated:

  • The psychiatric treatment of elderly people in rural Wales (2004);
  • The first decade of the Disability Discrimination Act (2005);
  • Enforcement action by the three equality commissions (2006);
  • The impact of the Race Relations Act’s Equality Duty (2007);
  • Unlawful discrimination against welfare benefit claimants (2009);
  • The impact of cuts to employment law protections on disability adjustments in British local authorities (2014);
  • The impact of the Coalition government on disabled workers (2015);
  • Tribunal fees and international human rights law (2016);
  • What has limited the impact of UK disability equality law (2016); and
  • Dreaming and the onset of chronic illness (2017).
  • The threat to hard-won equality and workers’ rights (2019)

Down-load PIRU’s reports from the Research page.

Organisational Change

PIRU assists public authorities and charities with organisational change, addressing identified problems, and meeting legal duties.


PIRU’s advocacy project provides information and representation to help individuals, experiencing disadvantage in its local area (Carmarthenshire and Swansea), gain access to services and financial entitlements.


Whether confidentially helping organisations develop, and individuals secure their rights, or publishing research and arguing for change, all PIRU’s activities are aimed at promoting civil rights, democratic practice and social inclusion.

Public Interest Research Unit was established in 2004 from Bkind.