We undertake multidisciplinary research on issues that affect all our lives: child development, education, social mobility, health and wellbeing, families and family life, and ageing. We also conduct research into survey methods, and applied statistical methods.
Our applied statistical methods programme specialises in methods for dealing with attrition, causal identification, and data harmonisation.
Our research helps tackle some of the key challenges we face in our society today.
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Here you can find out more about our key areas of survey methods research.
Through the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) we have been following the lives of over 19, 500 people since they were born in the UK at the turn of the new century. The most recent MCS survey, or ‘sweep’, took place…
The Next Steps Age 25 Sweep has provided valuable insights into the lives of young adults today. A total of 7,707 cohort members took part at this age, enhancing the study’s value as a resource for researchers to gain an…
Using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), Next Steps, and the National Child Development Study (NCDS), this project investigates the role of aspirations on social reproduction and social mobility across the divides of gender, ethnicity, disability and social class….
This project aims to investigate how changes in parental employment have affected childhood weight and if/how this effect has been changing over the last five decades. The project is part of the Cross Cohort Research Programme.
This project investigates the influence of work and family status on exercise and sedentary behaviour in childhood and adult life, taking account of intersections with socio-economic position and gender. The project is part of the Cross Cohort Research Programme.
This research project uses evidence from all four of our cohort studies to investigate the short- and long-term health impacts of alcohol. The project is part of the Cross Cohort Research Programme.
For this project the research team used machine learning tools to explore whether essays written by 11-year-olds in 1969 provided clues to their economic status, physical activity, health, and cognitive function in later life.
Drawing on data from all four of our cohort studies, this project examines young people’s mental health trajectories today in the context of previous generations. The project is part of the Cross Cohort Research Programme.
Using data from three of our cohort studies, this project aims to understand how parents’ long-term financial position shapes their children’s outcomes from an early stage. This is part of the Cross Cohort Research Programme.
This project provides empirical evidence on curricula delivery variation in the UK and institutional differences through analysis of Next Steps and linked National Pupil Database data. This is part of our Cross Cohort Research Programme.
Incorporating seven projects, this programme explores two key themes which are both central to government policy: healthy lifestyles and the transmission of advantage and disadvantage from one generation to the next.