Understanding Research Conference 2013 – just two days to go!

This Wednesday, representatives from over 35 esteemed research institutions will gather at the University of Essex to showcase research gained through Understanding Society, the world’s largest panel survey.

From Cambridge to Cologne, Melbourne to Maastricht, the three-day event offers a packed programme featuring presentations from across the social sciences and around the world. It will also provide its 250 delegates with the chance to meet exhibitors including funders ESRC and partners NatCen, ESDS, TNS, NCRM and CLOSER.

Podcast preview – Residential mobility

Top of the agenda is a welcome speech from ISER Director Heather Laurie followed by keynote speaker Professor Maarten van Ham.

Prof. van Ham of Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, will cover themes of residential mobility and data visualisation. The presentation, previewed in this week’s conference podcast, will underline the crucial role longitudinal data has to play both in lifecourse theory and for wider research opportunities.

“To answer questions about why people move – or don’t move – at a certain time, you need large-scale datasets and geocoding. Longitudinal data is absolutely crucial. Without it, you only have snapshots of peoples’ lives. Understanding Society combines the advantage of a large scale survey with rich factors such as wellbeing.”

Listen to our conference podcast preview – Taking the long view on moving house

Immigrant and ethnic minority boost sample – join us

Would you like to play a role in shaping the future design of Understanding Society? Then make sure you come along to our special conference consultation on Wednesday 24 July at 18:00-18.45. Led by Understanding Society Director Nick Buck and IOE’s Lucinda Platt, this session will cover the plans for the future design and refresh of our immigrant and ethnic minority boost sample. No need to register – just turn up!

Read the consultation outline Plans for design of new immigrant and ethnic boost samples