Event

Cancelled: 30 Minute Talks on Research: Making sense of social change

The Understanding Society study

  • Tue 15 Mar 22

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Online

    Zoom

  • Event speaker

    Dr Alita Nandi, Associate Director of Outreach, and Raj Patel, Associate Director of Policy

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Contact details

    Claire Hudson

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.


About the speakers

Dr Alita Nandi

Senior Research Fellow

Institute 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.

 Raj Patel

Impact Fellow

Institute 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.

A lecture being held in the Ivor Crewe building, University of Essex, with students listening.
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This series of talks is open to students and staff within the Faculty of Social Science and is a chance to find out about the varied and exciting areas of research that are being conducted by research staff within the University of Essex. You’re invited to register for all events, or individual talks that may interest you, and there may be a chance in some talks to ask questions at the end of the session.

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