by Aly Sizer
This week ITV viewers have been catching up with a group of people who represent half a century of social change in England – the cast of the Up documentary series, which has followed these 14 people since 1964.
by Teresa McGowan
We are all living longer; since 1850, we’ve gained around 2.5 years of life expectancy per decade and it’s estimated that one in three children born today will live to be 100 years old. In Europe there is one retiree for every four people of working age, by 2060 this is expected to rise to one in two.
by Alissa Goodman
The ESRC last week published its Longitudinal Studies Strategic Review, a report by an international panel, which was commissioned by the ESRC to review its investment in longitudinal studies.
The panel recognised that, thanks to the ESRC, the UK has a strong and unique mix of cohort and panel studies, which will serve social science and beyond in the decades to come.
What does this mix consist of?
by Louise Arseneault
Many people have childhood memories of being pushed around and being punched by other pupils when we felt you couldn’t retaliate. They may also remember being the topic of nasty rumours or being excluded by others. Unfortunately, being bullied is not an unusual experience, even today.
Similar to maltreatment, bullying involves abusive behaviours where it is more difficult for the victims to defend themselves. But in contrast to maltreatment, these abusive behaviours are perpetrated by others of the same age. The research I have been conducting for the past 15 years – alongside great collaborators – emphasises the importance of moving away from the common perception that bullying is a just an unavoidable part of growing up.
by Rebecca Fairbairn
In 2016 the ESRC set out to review our vast Longitudinal Studies portfolio with an aim to fully understand the future scientific needs for survey data gathered on people throughout their lives. We did this to ensure the development of meaningful, robust and impactful research resources: resources that would be as relevant to society in the future as those we currently support are now.
The ESRC’s portfolio has data spanning 60 years with studies including the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, the Millennium Cohort Study (all hosted by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies) and Understanding Society. Although the UK is world-leading in this sector and impacts from these studies relate to increased understanding of genetic, health, educational, social and economic dynamics that influence individuals’ lives, it was essential that we took a step back so that we could be confident our future investment plans are well designed for future research needs. Continue reading