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.
Louise Arseneault, Professor of Developmental Psychology at King’s College London, was appointed to the new role of ESRC Mental Health Leadership Fellow in autumn 2016.
Throughout the three year fellowship, Professor Arseneault will play a vital role in championing the role of the social sciences within mental health research.
This is an exciting time for people involved in mental health research. There hasn’t been such interest around the importance and relevance of mental health in society for a long time. And this is especially exciting for me as the ESRC Mental Health Leadership Fellow. Continue reading
Joe Ellery is an ESRC Policy Manager supporting the council’s strategic interests in Longitudinal and Biosocial, Data and Resources and International Strategy.
Part of his role includes trying to better understand the range and type of international longitudinal and cohort studies, with a view to promoting collaboration with ESRC-funded studies.
Every once in a while it’s important to take a step back and evaluate whether the path you’re travelling is leading you in a direction towards success. This is no different in the case of the UK’s world-leading longitudinal studies; in particular the ways in which these are funded and supported by the ESRC.
Despite their status as internationally-renowned sources of longitudinal data that span up to 60 years, it’s important to understand the future scientific needs for evidence over the lifecourse, in order to ensure the development of meaningful, robust and impactful research resources: resources as relevant to society as those we currently support. Continue reading
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
Rebecca Fairbairn is ESRC’s new Head of Longitudinal Studies. She was Head of Knowledge Exchange until summer 2015 when she took up a short-term role to look strategically across ESRC’s biosocial activity.
“Biosocial? Is that even a thing?” was what ran through my mind when I was approached to undertake a piece of work looking across ESRC’s biosocial engagement. The more I learned, however, the more interested I became in this exciting area – and I’m now completely hooked!