Our participants come from every area of the UK and the study captures important information about people’s social and economic circumstances, attitudes, lifestyle, health, family relationships and employment.

Understanding Society is the largest longitudinal study of its kind and provides crucial information for researchers and policymakers on the changes and stability of people's lives in the UK.  

About the study

Understanding Society covers everyone in a household, from children to adults, allowing us to understand the experiences of the whole population.

Meet the team

Understanding Society is led by a team of scientific experts based at research centres across the UK. The Study is based at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex.


We are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and a consortium of government departments.


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