Longitudinal data across life: an introduction to cohort data, and its uses in social and health research

26 Jan 2017

Held at the University of Manchester, 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). Presentation slides from this workshop are available to download below.

About the workshop

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?

Led by CLS researchers – David Bann, Brian Dodgeon and Vanessa Moulton – this workshop gave delegates 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 and further information on how to access and use their data. There were also updates about recent developments in each of the studies, including upcoming new data releases.

The workshop was run by staff from CLS, which is based at the Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education and featured guest speakers, who discussed their use of the cohort data across a range of disciplines.

Workshop resources

Speaker slides

An Introduction To 1970 British Cohort Study – Brian Dodgeon (Centre for Longitudinal Studies)

An Introduction To Next Steps – Vanessa Moulton (Centre for Longitudinal Studies)

An Introduction To The Millennium Cohort Study – Vanessa Moulton (Centre for Longitudinal Studies)

An Introduction To The National Child Development Study – Brian Dodgeon (Centre for Longitudinal Studies)

The Role Of Income And Income Status On Wellbeing In Parents And Children – Elizabeth Garratt (University of Oxford)

Using longitudinal studies to examine changes in health inequality – David Bann (Centre for Longitudinal Studies)

Multilevel Modelling Approach To Analysing Socioeconomic Status Longitudinal Data And Compensating For Missingness – Adrian Byrne (University of Manchester)

Longitudinal Data Across Life – Introduction – David Bann (Centre for Longitudinal Studies)


Download the programme here.

CLS speaker biographies

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.

Brian Dodgeon Research Fellow

Phone: 020 7612 6877
Email: b.dodgeon@ucl.ac.uk

At CLS, Brian works in the Cross-Cohort research programme (CCRP), the CLS Missing Data Project, and the Cohort Studies User Support Programme, specialising in the NCDS and BCS70 cohorts.

His specialist areas of research and methodology are: changing socio-economic indicators; predictors of well-being over the life course; cognition & social capital; education and fertility; clustering of risk behaviours; and dealing with missing data.

Vanessa Moulton Senior Research Fellow

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

Vanessa is a psychologist, with a strong interest in multidisciplinary social science. Her research interests include using longitudinal and secondary data analysis to examine the influence of the earlier life course on children’s and adult mental health, cognitive, educational and socio-economic outcomes. In addition, Vanessa co-coordinates the CLS cohort training workshops and webinars.



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