Dr Gundi Knies Research Fellow, University of Essex
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- subjective wellbeing, life satisfaction and happiness
- neighbourhoods and community
- poverty and income inequality
- social disadvantage and social inequalities
- consent to linking administrative records to survey data
I am a quantitative researcher with training and research experience in Economics, Social Policy and Sociology. I mainly conduct research on life satisfaction and neighbourhood effects analyses using a range of datasets, including the German Socio-economic Panel (SOEP) and the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). I am interested in research around what it is that makes people satisfied with their lives. My main focus lies on the whether and how the local context enhances or hinders people's life chances.
I am a member of the Scientific Leadership team of Understanding Society and lead on the topic of neighbourhoods and geography. I have contributed to the questionnaire design (specifically, the consent to data linkage modules and neighbourhood-related questions) and data management activities such as within-household relationships, socio-economic classifications and UKHLS-harmonisation of the British Household Panel Survey.
I am leading a project looking at neighbourhood effects on a range of objective and subjective outcomes, with the overarching aim of comparing results from models that do not account for selection and other identification challenges with results from models that apply various different techniques to do so. For further information, see our project page with the Nuffield Foundation and follow our project on Researchgate for updateds
I am also part of the team charged with creating the specification and business case for a European Research Infrastructure that will provide, over the next 25 years, comparative longitudinal survey data on child and young adult well-being: the first Europe wide cohort survey, named EuroCohort. It is a great undertaking and much needed resource. Please do support it!
Some highlights of my work ...
- My work shows that low pay pays off only for the unemployed in high unemployment areas.
- whether we like it or not, the research evidence on physical attractiveness on employment outcome is overwhelming
- The latest data from Understanding Society is out! The User Guide has also been revamped.
- Read more about my involvement in "The Happiness Project" and see reviews about the sold out performances!
- Read more about how Internet use, mobility affect personal relationships with neighbors and family
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