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.

Student volunteers at the University of Essex

Do your political views make you charitable?

Professor Sarah Brown, Professor Karl Taylor

Do people on the left or right (or in the centre) give more to charity?

discarded furniture in a garden

Health and income inequalities over generations – what can be done?

Dr Heather Brown

Where can we target policy to reduce inequality?

someone working at home

Flexible working – does it lower our stress levels?

Professor Tarani Chandola

More of us can work flexibly now, but is it good for our wellbeing?

young person volunteering

Social action as a route to the ballot box

Dr Stuart Fox

Can youth volunteering reduce age inequalities in turnout?

an older person's hands

A rich picture of life from longitudinal data

Dr Loretta Platts

Living longer – what do we know? And what do we need to know?

front cover of government industrial strategy document

The Industrial Strategy: can economic growth include everyone?

Raj Patel

What can government and others do to make growth inclusive?

a food waste recycling bin

Biology and being ‘green’

Dr Chris Hand

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

a cyclist on a London street

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?

a grandmother and grandchild

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 words 'mind the gap' at a tube station

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?

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