ISER is delighted to announce that it is to become a key supporter of the Longitudinal and Life Course Studies journal. The sponsorship is announced as the journal prepares to publish a special issue this week based exclusively on research undertaken using Understanding Society, a longitudinal survey designed and managed by ISER. ISER’s Professor Amanda Sacker has also joined the journal’s editorial committee.
The LLCS brings together a broad range of specialist fields undertaking and using longitudinal and life course research and helps to reduce inter-disciplinary barriers and encourage the application of findings in policy and practice. ISER Director Professor Heather Laurie said the journal was “a perfect for fit” for the Institute which specialises in the production, analysis and promotion of the use of longitudinal data in both quantitative and qualitative research.
The special issue journal, due to be published on Thursday, will showcase a range of early research primarily using Understanding Society and carried out by ISER researchers and colleagues at other institutions. The journal features articles on the design and development of the survey as well as substantive research looking at topics such as non-employment, age, and the economic cycle; gender and sleep; sibling bullying and limiting long-term illnesses.
Professor Laurie said the journal was an excellent showcase for early research coming out of the new survey. She added that she was also extremely pleased at the appointment of Amanda Sacker to the journal’s editorial committee:
“Amanda is an outstanding researcher with wide-ranging research interests in the fields of social epidemiology and the life-course approach to health inequalities with a methodological focus on longitudinal secondary analysis. Much of her ongoing work takes a cross national perspective to explore the policy contexts that drive these patterns of change over time. She is a member of the ESRC International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society and Health, the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change and a key member of the team running Understanding Society. I am sure she will make an excellent member of the committee.”