Longitudinal data across the life course: an introduction to using cohort data

4th June 2018 10:30 to 14:00

Location: Cardiff University, Wales

Longitudinal data are a powerful resource for addressing a wide range of scientific questions in various social, health, political and geographical sciences.

For example, what determines health across life? How has social mobility changed? What determines voting preferences?

This workshop will give both first-time and more experienced data users an insight into four of the UK’s internationally-renowned cohort studies run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies(CLS):

Delegates will be given an introduction to each of the cohort studies as well as further information on how to access and use them. There will also be updates about recent developments in each of the studies, including upcoming new data releases.

The session will feature guest speakers who will discuss their use of cohort data across a range of topics such as the role of grandparents, social participation in adulthood, and children’s wellbeing.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss their own research ideas, gain advice and ask questions over a networking lunch.

The workshop will be run by staff from CLS, which is based at the Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education.


  • Dr David Bann (Lecturer and Co-Investigator of NCDS, Centre for Longitudinal Studies)
  • Dr Morag Henderson (Co-Investigator of Next Steps, Centre for Longitudinal Studies)
  • Dr Vanessa Moulton (Research Associate, Centre for Longitudinal Studies)
  • Dr Ceryn Evans (Lecturer, Cardiff University)
  • TBC

Provisional programme outline - TBC




Introduction to the cohort studies
Dr David Bann, Dr Morag Henderson, Dr Vanessa Moulton


Break and cohort Q&A


Interdisciplinary research examples:


Using secondary qualitative data and the National Child Development Study (NCDS) to explore civic participation in adults
Dr Ceryn Evans


From adolescence to early adulthood: longitudinal analysis of probable mental ill health
Dr Morag Henderson


Title TBC
Speaker TBC


Lunch and research ideas discussion

Fees and Booking Information

This is a free workshop. Please follow the link at the top of this page to book your place.

Venue and Travel Information

Hadyn Ellis Building, University of Cardiff

Maindy Road, Cardiff

CF24 4HW