Using geographical data in longitudinal studies: Value, challenges & examples

22nd November 2016 10:00 to 15:30

About the workshop

How do the characteristics of our local neighbourhoods effect our socioeconomic chances, health and wellbeing over the course of our lives? Answers to these questions can be found by linking geographical data – such as levels of local air pollution, quantity of green space, and crime rates – to survey data collected by longitudinal studies. This workshop covers how data users can use linked geographical data in longitudinal studies to explore innovative new avenues for research.

During this workshop we will:

  • discuss the value of geographical data in cohort studies
  • give an overview of the types of data that can be linked to each study and each time period
  • discuss the challenges of analysing place effects in life course studies using research examples from different disciplines.

We will close the workshop with a panel discussion on analytical issues and opportunities for future research.

This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in using geographical data in cohort studies.


If you have any queries or require further information, please contact Jennie Blows at