Longitudinal data across the life course: an introduction to using cohort data

4 Jun 2018

Held at the Cardiff University, this workshop gave both first-time and more experienced data users an insight into four of the UK’s internationally-renowned cohort studies run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS). The slides from this workshop are available to download from this page.

About the event

Longitudinal data are a powerful resource for addressing a wide range of scientific questions in various social, health, political and geographical sciences.

For example, what determines health across life? How has social mobility changed? What determines voting preferences?

This workshop gave both first-time and more experienced data users an insight into four of the UK’s internationally-renowned cohort studies run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS):

Delegates were given an introduction to each of the cohort studies as well as further information on how to access and use them. The session also featured updates on recent developments in each of the studies, including upcoming new data releases.

The session featured guest speakers who discussed their use of cohort data across a range of topics such as the role of grandparents, social participation in adulthood, and children’s wellbeing.

Delegates also had the opportunity to discuss their own research ideas, gain advice and ask questions over a networking lunch.

The workshop was be run by staff from CLS, which is based at the Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education.


CLS speakers

David Bann Lecturer and Co-Investigator of the National Child Development Study

Phone: 020 7911 5426
Email: david.bann@ucl.ac.uk

David is an epidemiologist with broad interests in population health, and particular interests in health inequalities, obesity and physical activity levels.

David contributes to the scientific development of the 1958 British birth cohort study (National Child Development Study) by planning future data collections, preparing funding applications, and helping to maximise its scientific potential.

Morag Henderson Associate Professor and Principal Investigator of Next Steps

Phone: 020 7911 5566
Email: morag.henderson@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Henderson’s main area of research is inequalities across the life course. More specifically she examines patterns in educational attainment, bullying and wellbeing.

Morag oversees all aspects of CLS’s work on Next Steps, and leads on the strategic and scientific direction of the study.

Vanessa Moulton Research Associate

Phone: 020 7612 6288
Email: vanessa.moulton@ucl.ac.uk

Vanessa is currently working on the initial findings for the most recent age 14 sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study. She also works on the CLS Cross-Cohort Research Program (CCRP) investigating social mobility, focusing on parental wealth on children’s development and school curriculum on educational transitions. In addition, Vanessa co-coordinates the CLS cohort workshops and webinars.

Her research interests include using longitudinal and secondary data analysis to examine early life course on children’s and adult mental health, educational and socio-economic outcomes.

Guest speakers

Dr Katarzyna Kucaba Research Associate

View Katarzyna’s biography on the University of Bristol website here.

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Phone: 020 7911 5320
Email: ioe.clsevents@ucl.ac.uk

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