Understaning Society

Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) is run by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. The multidisciplinary study provides high quality longitudinal data about substantive topics such as education, employment, health, income, family, and ethnicity to help understand the middle term and long-term effects of social and economic change, as well as policy interventions designed to impact upon the general wellbeing of the UK population. The nationally representative study started in 2009/10 and interviews take place annually with all persons aged 10 or older living in sample households. The study includes Northern Irish, Welsh and Scottish as well as ethnic minority and immigrant boost samples, a biomarker collection and permits linkage of various sources of administrative and geo-coded information. More than 25 years of observations are available for the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) sample that was incorporated into Understanding Society in 2010.

More information on Understanding Society can be found on the project website: www.understandingsociety.ac.uk.