Our blog aims to tell you more about our innovative, world-leading study of life in the UK: what it does, why it’s special, and what it can tell us about how we live now. We’ll cover interesting research using longitudinal data, and innovative ways of using the data – as well as looking at how the study works. Our audience is anyone with an interest in the study – researchers, interviewers, participants and the public. If you have a question, or an idea for a blog post, please email us.

Biology and being ‘green’

Dr Chris Hand

Why do some of us take action on the environment, and some not?

Get on your bike!

Dr Chance Pistoll, Professor Steven Cummins

What can Understanding Society data tell us about walking, cycling or taking public transport to work?

Family fortunes – and how they persist over generations

Dr Min Zhang, Professor Yaojun Li

Research using Understanding Society shows that grandparents’ social class has an impact on their grandchildren’s opportunities

The gender pay gap: where to in 2019?

Raj Patel

It’s the second year of Gender Pay Gap reporting, so: what do we know about this complex challenge – and what can we do about it?

Becoming a UK citizen – does it make people happy and ‘integrated’?

Dr David Bartram

Does citizenship help to integrate people, or make an already vulnerable population more excluded?

How things stand in 2019

Dr Jon Burton

A look at what to expect from Understanding Society in 2019

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