The Understanding Society study
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.
Understanding Society is the largest longitudinal study of its kind and provides crucial information for researchers and policymakers on the changes and stability of people's lives in the UK. The Study is based at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. The study follows individual members of sampled households (and their descendants) over their lifecourse and collects information about different aspects of their lives, thus providing a dynamic picture of people’s lives – what is changing, what stays the same, and why. The large sample from different backgrounds allows researchers to understand the circumstances, behaviours outcomes of UK residents from different background, regions, socio-demographic characteristics and generations.
In this talk Dr Alita Nandi, Associate Director of Outreach, and Raj Patel, Associate Director of Policy, will give an overview of the key features of this survey, discuss its research possibilities and provide examples of interesting research findings based on this data that are advancing both social science and policy development in the UK.
Senior Research FellowInstitute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex
Alita Nandi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER). She conducts empirical research primarily in the areas of ethnicity and gender, specifically investigating differences in subjective wellbeing (e.g., life satisfaction, mental health) as well as economic wellbeing (e.g., income, wages). Her other research activities are (i) in the formation, measurement and impact of identity on life outcomes, (ii) causes and consequences of harassment and discrimination, (iii) in measurement of institutional characteristics in developing countries and exploring their effects. She is the Associate Director (Outreach) for Understanding Society and has contributed to its questionnaire design, particularly to the measurement of ethnic identity and identity across other dimensions and data management activities including partnership history datasets.
Impact FellowInstitute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex
Raj's work focuses on championing evidence informed public policy; the use data to tackle key societal challenges; knowledge exchange; and building productive partnerships. He currently works as the Impact Fellow for Understanding Society and is based at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER). He was previously Director of Research and Policy at the Learning & Skills Network, where he ran a large commercial research function and an independent think tank. His career includes creating one of the UKs largest campaigns to shift enterprise culture amongst young adults (as part of an entrepreneurial team), and heading up Research and Development at the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now MHCLG). He has operated across government, academia, business and charities at a senior level.