Over 130 delegates from across the social and biomedical science spectrum joined CLOSER at the British Library Knowledge Centre, London earlier in November to explore how longitudinal evidence can help shed light on societal inequalities.
Inequalities continue to plague all areas of society, from education and income, to health and life expectancy. Successive governments and decades of policy initiatives have targeted the unequal life chances across communities, countries and generations.
But why do these disparities persist? And who faces the greatest risks? The UK’s longitudinal studies are leading sources of evidence on life course and intergenerational inequality. CLOSER’s 2017 conference sought to bring together researchers from across disciplines to showcase the contribution longitudinal research has made to our understanding of inequalities.
The conference gave longitudinal researchers, from across disciplines and sectors, the opportunity to share ideas and innovations with peers from both the UK and abroad.
Throughout the two day event, delegates had the opportunity to:
The Rt. Hon. the Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation spoke about intergenerational inequalities focusing particularly on the living standards of today’s millennials compared to Britain’s older generations.
The second keynote presentation was delivered by Professor Kate Pickett, University of York. Professor Pickett spoke about how longitudinal studies can improve our understanding of health inequalities.
Visit the CLOSER website to access presentation slides and recordings of the keynote talks here.
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