Inequalities: Evidence from longitudinal studies

1st November 2017 9:00 to 2nd November 2017 17:00

About the conference

Inequalities continue to plague all areas of society, from education and income, to health and life expectancy. Successive governments and decades of policy initiatives have targeted the unequal life chances across communities, countries and generations.

But why do these disparities persist? And who faces the greatest risks? The UK’s longitudinal studies are leading sources of evidence on life course and intergenerational inequality. CLOSER’s 2017 conference seeks to bring together researchers from across disciplines to showcase longitudinal research’s contribution to our understanding of inequalities.

The conference is an opportunity to share ideas and innovations with longitudinal researchers from across disciplines and sectors, both from the UK and abroad. It will also showcase the latest resources for research, including CLOSER Discovery – a search engine that allows researchers to explore the content of eight leading UK longitudinal studies in unprecedented detail.

Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • hear from leading experts from across the social and biomedical sciences
  • consider the potential for cross-study comparisons in their own research
  • network with colleagues from across disciplines, sectors and locations
  • learn about the latest resources for research.


Keynote speakers
The Rt Hon. the Lord David Willets, Resolution Foundation (confirmed)
Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology, University of York (confirmed)



If you require further information or have any questions, please contact Gen Richards (

Fees and Booking Information

Registration will open in July 2017.

Please note that speakers and delegates will need to register for the conference and are responsible for their own registration fee, travel and any other expenses incurred.

General admission fees:

  • £120 for two days
  • £80 for one day

Student fees (no early bird rate):

  • £60 for two days
  • £40 for one day

CLOSER will offer a limited number of bursaries for up to £500.00 to cover travel and subsistence for students and early career researchers. All those who would like to be considered for a bursary should complete the relevant section of the registration form. Priority for bursaries will be given to those who have had a submission accepted. Remaining bursary funds will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that applicants will be asked to confirm a need for the bursary funds.

Venue and Travel Information

British Library Conference Centre
96 Euston Road

For travel advice and information, please visit the British Library website.