How maternal depression affects mothers and children

bhalotra 150Sonia Bhalotra is Professor of Economics at the University of Essex. She is co-director of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, and co-investigator on the ESRC-funded project on Human Rights, Big Data and Technology. Her research focuses upon health, gender and child development.

About 12-20% of women in richer countries and 20-35% in poorer countries suffer maternal depression, and 10-35% of children are exposed to this in their first year of life, according to estimate (PDF) . Maternal depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated, and in many cases is incorrectly perceived as a temporary condition. Continue reading

Dreaming about legislative change: an opportunity for data-driven research that must be seized

Vanessa Cuthill worked at the ESRC for the past seven years, most recently as Deputy Director of Evidence, Impact and Strategic Partnerships.  She now works as Director for Research and Enterprise at the University of Essex.

In this blog Vanessa explains how, over five years of working with researchers, statisticians, funders and policymakers, she has explored barriers that currently inhibit opportunities for social science researchers wanting to access and use administrative data, and how we are now closer than ever to improving the UK legal landscape for data sharing.

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For the past five years the ESRC has been highlighting the opportunities and challenges facing researchers who seek to use ‘administrative data’ which is collected routinely by UK government departments for its operational and transactional purposes.  Continue reading