Current academic debates widely notice that education contributes to reduce poverty and inequality. Actually, most researchers think that education is helpful to break processes of disadavantage and social exclusion insofar as it 'endows' individuals with both the cognitive and non-cognitive resources and skills that they need for their social inclusion. However, the relationship between education, poverty, inequality and social exclusion is neither mechanical nor linear. Although education can break the circles of social disadvantage, it also contributes to produce and reproduce these very circles. As a consequence, this line of research aims at studying the complex and multi-directional links between education, poverty and social exclusion by focusing on the following questions:

1. To what extent does educational investment foster upwards educational mobility, thus reducing poverty and social exclusion? In what conditions does this process occur?

2. How does poverty affect education? How do the conditions and experiences of poverty impinge on the practices, attitudes and educational opportunities of families, students and teachers?

3. How are the current processes of impoverishment reflected in the expectations, decisions and educational pathways of male and female youth?

4. Which are the signs of educational exclusion? How does educational exclusion interact with other forms of social exclusion?

5. What education policies are implemented in order to tackle the link between education, poverty and social exclusion?