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Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS)
Hosting Legal Entity
Institute for Social and Economic Research
Wivenhoe Park, Understanding Society Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, Colchester, PO: CO4 3SQ, Essex (United Kingdom)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
United Kingdom
Current Status:
Operational since 2009
Scientific Description
Understanding Society is a longitudinal household panel survey of all ages, designed to track and analyse change at individual and household level by examining what people are experiencing: circumstances and key events in their lives as they happen; attitudes, identity and subjective well-being; how individuals and households respond to policies and key events. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and supported by a range of government departments; delivered by Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Essex. Builds on the long running British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) established in 1991. Major investment with funding for methods, outreach, Policy Unit. Part of the diverse portfolio of the UK longitudinal and cohort studies.

RI Keywords
Biomarkers, Genetics, ISER, Education, Family, Society, ESRC, Health, Neighbourhood, Longitudinal, Change over time, University of Essex, Employment, British household panel survey, Policy, Panel survey, Economic and Social Research Council, Wellbeing, Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data, Data linkage, Household survey, Income, Innovation panel
RI Category
Registers and Survey-led Studies/Databases
Scientific Domain
Social Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Social and Cultural Innovation
Provision of Longitudinal Datasets
Training Courses on Using UKHLS Data
Data User Support for Users of UKHLS Data
Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources
Date of last update: 15/02/2019
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