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Dr Gundi Knies Research Fellow, University of Essex

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ORCID: 0000-0002-0251-2865

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Twitter: @GundiKnies

Research Interests

  • 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 …

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    Displaying publications 1 - 15 of 68 in total

    1. Understanding Society at 10 years

      Lucinda Platt, Gundi Knies, Renee Reichl Luthra, et al.

      1. Social Groups
      2. Area Effects
      3. Geography
      4. Interdisciplinarity: Social Sciences
      5. Survey Methodology
      6. Research
      7. Health
      8. Life Course Analysis
      9. Surveys
      10. Sociology
      11. Biology
      12. Genetics
      13. Covid 19
    2. Neighbourhood deprivation, life satisfaction and earnings: comparative analyses of neighbourhood effects at bespoke scales

      Gundi Knies, Patricia C. Melo, and Min Zhang

      1. Area Effects
      2. Geography
      3. Poverty
      4. Wages And Earnings
      5. Well Being
    3. Local unemployment changes the springboard effect of low pay: evidence from England

      Alexander Plum and Gundi Knies

      1. Area Effects
      2. Regional Economics
      3. Geography
      4. Labour Market
      5. Unemployment
      6. Wages And Earnings
    4. Geographical data

      Gundi Knies

      1. Area Effects
      2. Geography
      3. Surveys
    5. The relationship between socioeconomic status, family income, and measures of muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness in Colombian schoolchildren

      Gavin R. H. Sandercock, Felipe Lobelo, Jorge E. Correa-Bautista, et al.

      1. Area Effects
      2. Young People
      3. Education
      4. Child Development
      5. Income Dynamics
      6. Health
      7. Sport
      8. Social Stratification
      9. Social Mobility
    6. Does it pay off to work on a low wage?

      Gundi Knies and Alexander Plum

      1. Area Effects
      2. Regional Economics
      3. Labour Market
      4. Unemployment
      5. Wages And Earnings
    7. Exploring the value of Understanding Society for neighbourhood effects analyses

      Gundi Knies

      1. Area Effects
      2. Geography
      3. Survey Methodology
      4. Surveys
    8. Income effects on children’s life satisfaction: longitudinal evidence for England

      Gundi Knies

      1. Psychology
      2. Young People
      3. Income Dynamics
      4. Household Economics
      5. Well Being
    9. Life satisfaction, ethnicity and neighbourhoods: is there an effect of neighbourhood ethnic composition on life satisfaction?

      Gundi Knies, Alita Nandi, and Lucinda Platt

      1. Area Effects
      2. Ethnic Groups
      3. Well Being
    10. Does neighbourhood unemployment affect the springboard effect of low pay?

      Alexander Plum and Gundi Knies

      1. Area Effects
      2. Regional Economics
      3. Geography
      4. Labour Market
      5. Unemployment
      6. Wages And Earnings
    11. Linking administrative records to surveys: differences in the correlates to consent decisions

      Tarek Al Baghal, Gundi Knies, and Jonathan Burton

      1. Education
      2. Survey Methodology
      3. Health
    12. Analysis of four studies in a comparative framework reveals: health linkage consent rates on British cohort studies higher than on UK household panel surveys

      Gundi Knies and Jonathan Burton

      1. Survey Methodology
      2. Health
    13. Propensity to consent to data linkage: experimental evidence on the role of three survey design features in a UK longitudinal panel

      Emanuela Sala, Gundi Knies, and Jonathan Burton

    14. Life events and travel behavior: exploring the interrelationship using UK Household Longitudinal Study data

      Ben Clark, Kiron Chatterjee, Steve Melia, et al.

      1. Life Course Analysis
      2. Commuting
      3. Travel
    15. Exploring role of interviewers in collecting survey respondents’ consent to link survey data to administrative records.

      Jonathan Burton, Emanuela Sala, and Gundi Knies


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    3. Easter break may not be a happy time for children

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