Our research


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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Cross Cohort Research Programme

Incorporating seven projects, this programme explored 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.


What works for wellbeing cross-cutting capabilities evidence programme

Research using longitudinal data is able to provide invaluable insights into how as a society we can work together to improve our quality of life. This research project included an analysis of how wellbeing and mental health have changed across generations and…


Home moves in early years: the impact on children in the US and the UK

Is the upheaval of moving home detrimental to young children’s development? Professor Heather Joshi and colleagues explore this question in the context of the US and UK.


In-work poverty and retirement attitudes among a cohort born in 1958

The aim of this project was to explore retirement-related attitudes, aspirations, expectations, and plans for retirement among adults in their mid to late 50s.


Initial findings from the Millennium Cohort Study Age 11 Sweep

The fifth MCS survey took place during 2012 when participants were aged 11. Our initial findings from the age 11 survey cover a range of themes, from family structure to child cognitive development.


Pathways from environmental risk to children’s psychological maladjustment and resilience

This project tested how neighbourhood, family poverty and other adverse circumstances are related to children’s wellbeing, as gauged through emotional and behavioural outcomes.


Life history and healthy ageing

This project was part of a collaborative research programme entitled ‘Healthy Ageing across the Life Course’ (HALCyon). This programme was funded under the New Dynamics of Ageing initiative – a cross council multi-disciplinary research.


Parenting and contact before and after separation

This project analysed data from the first four surveys of the Millennium Cohort Study, at ages 9 months, 3 years, 5 years, 7 years and 11 years. It looked specifically at factors related to parents’ contact with their children after separation,…


Trajectories and transitions in the cognitive and educational development of disabled children and young people

The aim of the study was to enhance our understanding of disabled children’s early cognitive development and their subsequent educational transitions.


Children’s time-use diaries: promoting research, sharing best practice and evaluating innovations in data collection internationally

This project aimed to optimise the design and coverage of the MCS age 14 time-use diary so as to maximise benefit to the research community and minimise non-response due to respondent burden.


Schooling and unequal outcomes in youth and adulthood

This major ESRC project addressed the role of schooling in determining educational attainment, occupational outcomes and social mobility.


Linking cohort study data to administrative records: the challenges of consent and coverage

Using linked data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), this project examined patterns of non-consent and non-coverage, and identified weighting and imputation techniques that can adjust for biases.

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Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Social Research Institute

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

Email: clsdata@ucl.ac.uk

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