by Rebecca Hardy
Society has never quite come to terms with the change from imperial to metric measurements, particularly when it comes to weight and height. Ask people how tall they are or how much they weigh and you’re likely to get an answer in feet and inches, or stones and pounds. Ask again what that is in metric and more often than not you’ll get a blank look.
Rob Davies is Public Affairs Manager for CLOSER, the UK longitudinal studies consortium funded by the ESRC and the Medical Research Council. CLOSER brings together eight biomedical and social longitudinal studies, with participants born as early as the 1930s to the present day.
Before I worked for CLOSER I helped run a charity supporting vulnerable people with different needs, including addictions, mental health problems, debt or homelessness. I saw first-hand the damaging effects of these complex issues and the barriers people face in their attempts to get back to work and take advantage of opportunities many of us take for granted.
Josie McGregor is a part time Social Policy student and has been working at ESRC for two and a half years. She is a Policy Officer for ESRC’s world-leading portfolio of longitudinal studies, including the birth cohorts. She also supports ESRC’s knowledge exchange activities in her Junior Investment Manager role for the Social Science Section at the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST).
A whole lot of love for longitudinal studies
As a social policy student I am fascinated by the amazing social science research that is done in the UK which informs and influences policy and practice. I am incredibly lucky to be in a role which gives me a first-hand look at the way social science research can have immense positive impacts on our lives. Continue reading