The value and use of cohort studies for social investigation and policy making

20th November 2012

A CLS research conference on the use, value and impact of cohort studies, effective links between research and policy and other longitudinal and life course issues.

Cohort studies follow the same group of people throughout their lives providing invaluable evidence to academics, policy makers and practitioners in areas such as how an individual’s health, wealth, family, parenting, education, employment and social attitudes are linked; how these aspects of life vary for different people; and how these aspects affect outcomes and achievements in later life.

By comparing the different cohorts, we can chart change across time or differences across countries. Findings from the studies have contributed to debates and enquiries in a number of policy areas over the last half-century including: education and equality of opportunity; poverty and social exclusion; gender differences in pay and employment; social class differences in health; changing family structures; and anti-social behaviour.

This conference aims to showcase research on cohort data examining various aspects of the lifecourse - including health and wellbeing, education, families and parenting, employment and earnings, poverty and survey methodology. It will provide the opportunity for researchers, academics and policy makers, interested in life course research, to come together and share ideas.

We are pleased to welcome Professor Pamela Davis-Kean (Department of Psychology, University of Michigan), who will be giving a keynote presentation on the value of replications across studies and cultures.

The conference will also host a postgraduate student poster session for those students using cohort studies for their research. These will be on display throughout the event and a prize will be awarded to the best project/poster.

This event will be relevant to researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners interested in substantive and methodological research using cohort data.

If you use Twitter please follow @CLScohorts as we will regularly be tweeting in the build up and during the event. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #cohortconf

Keynote speaker

Dr Pamela Davis-Kean
Associate Professor, University of Michigan

Presentation title: ‘Are we so different?: A cross-cultural perspective on child development.’

Pamela will discuss research on how collaborative research using cohort studies across multiple disciplines can stimulate innovative, interdisciplinary analyses and interpretations of existing longitudinal datasets bearing on pathways through human development. Diverse research on international cohort studies examining self beliefs, achievement, and behavioral problems will be discussed.