New Director for Understanding Society

This month, Understanding Society welcomes a new Director, Professor Michaela Benzeval who takes over from Professor Nick Buck as he moves on to lead the Institute for Social and Economic Research

Michaela has been the Deputy Director of Understanding Society for the last two years, during which time she has led work to develop the strategic approach to the overall scientific content of the study and the health and biomarker component.

Michaela said of her appointment:

“I want to thank Nick Buck, who steps down as Director today, for the huge contribution he has made, through the BHPS and Understanding Society, to create a very rich foundation for social science research in the UK today and in the future.

“Understanding Society already has several thousand data users and hundreds of publications, but these will increase significantly over the next few years as the length of the study grows creating many more valuable opportunities for developing policy knowledge and scientific discoveries,” she says.

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