A regular look at our world-leading study of life in the UK: how the study works, what the research tells us, and innovative ways of using our data – for researchers, interviewers, participants and the public. To ask a question, or contribute, please email us.

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Covid-19 and our unprecedented age of change

Raj Patel

The impact of Covid-19 and its long aftermath: the part longitudinal studies can play

Is a low-paid job a stepping stone to better pay?

Dr Alexander Plum, Dr Gundi Knies

And does the effect depend on local unemployment levels?


What drives local wellbeing?

Soraya Safazadeh

Understanding whole neighbourhoods can help us focus on wellbeing

Budget 2020 - a different government?

Raj Patel

A new focus on measuring outcomes could make use of longitudinal data

Student volunteers at the University of Essex

Volunteering increases income – but only for the middle and upper classes

John Wilson, Noemi Mantovan, Robert M. Sauer

Unpaid work can pay off, but not for everyone

Ageing: how our ‘epigenetic clocks’ slow down as we get older

Leonard Schalkwyk, Jonathan Mill

The epigenetic clock is a useful tool, but the DNA methylation profile it's based on is limited

Sushi Rolls not Gender Roles by Jeanne Menjoulet

Gender attitudes – do we get less liberal with age?

Francisco Perales Perez, Philipp Lersch, Janeen Baxter

How do our attitudes to gender roles change as we age?

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People with wide cultural tastes like the EU

Professor Tak Wing Chan

A look at ‘cultural omnivores’ using Understanding Society

Palace of Westminster

Want impact? Engage with Parliament

Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne

How can researchers get their work in front of politicians?


Transparent research – why sharing code is important

Dr Roxanne Connelly, Professor Vernon Gayle, Dr Chris Playford

A journal article is the tip of the iceberg of the research process

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