Insights 2015

Understanding Society’s fourth annual report presents a collection of research that depicts the changing lives of individuals and households in the UK.

Launched at a policy event in London, this year’s report includes chapters on Housing, Health Behaviours and Young People’s Wellbeing.

Insights 2015 highlights selected findings emerging from research that uses the study’s rich data and offers commentary from leading policy thinkers.

Authors include:

  • Stephen Howlett, Chief Executive, Peabody Housing Trust
  • David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health & Inequalities, The King’s Fund
  • Professor Paul Burstow, Health Sciences School, City University (and previously Minister of State in the Department of Health between 2010 and 2012)

Topical chapters

Insights 2015 focuses on highly topical policy issues and each chapter tackles a different issue.

  • Chapter one looks at what current trends need to inform the debate on the future of housing.
  • Chapter two discusses whether people’s health behaviours can be influenced through everyday activities.
  • Chapter three focuses on how the UK can improve young people’s wellbeing and offer a more coordinated approach across government on mental health and the family.

The report builds on previous editions of earlier Findings.

Michaela Benzeval, Director of Understanding Society says:

“Insights 2015 includes a small selection of findings emerging from this world-leading study and with the help of our commentators; it highlights how useful such research is to policy. Evidence drawing on the data can help to inform practitioners across many sectors, shape political and media debate and help academics and policy makers understand how UK lives are changing in response to our environment, jobs, government and behaviours.”

How to access Insights 2015

New resource for researchers

As part of the launch, we have also launched a Housing Topic Guide that highlights the type of research questions that can be explored and some of the research that has already been published using the study’s data.

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