Prizes for researchers and papers at Understanding Society conference

Understanding Society Director Michaela Benzeval gave out four prizes at the Understanding Society Scientific Conference at the beginning of July.

There was a winner and a runner-up in the best paper category, and two joint winners of the Young Researcher prize.

Best paper

Neil Lee, Katy Morris and Thomas Kemeny won Best Paper for Immobility and the Brexit Vote, published in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society in 2018.

Michaela said: “In a time of uncertainty regarding the next steps with Brexit, this paper is very important both for the academic and non-academic community, and is written in a comprehensive manner that aims to reach a wider audience and explains some of the origins of the Brexit vote.”

The runners-up in this category were Tarani Chandola and Nan Zhang for Re-employment, job quality, health and allostatic load biomarkers: prospective evidence from the UKHLS in the International Journal of Epidemiology, which the judges said “highlighted the important influence of job quality on health and wellbeing (especially during the recession) which cannot be disregarded by employers”.

Young researcher

The joint winners of the young researcher prize were Amy Orben for her paper on adolescents and social media, and Yassine Khoudja for a paper on women from different origin countries in the UK labour market.

Amy co-authored Social media’s enduring effect on adolescent life with Tobias Dienlin and Andrew Przybylski. Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, it found that “social media effects are nuanced, small at best, reciprocal over time, gender-specific, and contingent on analytic methods”.

Yassine wrote Labour market entries and exits of women from different origin countries in the UK with Lucinda Platt. It was published in Social Science Research, and highlighted the importance of taking into account inter-ethnic differences in understanding women’s labour market behaviour.

Michaela said: “These two papers answered socially relevant research questions and used robust statistical methods to analyse longitudinal data. They showcased the relevance of longitudinal data, and were published in high impact journals from different disciplines.”