ISER Podcast Series

In ISER’s Research Podcast Series, you can listen to researchers talk about their latest projects and findings. In audio interviews lasting around 5 minutes they explain the background to their work, discuss the data they have used and share and analyse their results and conclusions.

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Using mobile devices to understand spending

The development of mobile technology has brought with it some exciting opportunities for those interested in collecting data from households about their finances. Funded by the NCRM, Dr Jäckle has been working to gain a better understanding of household finances through better measurement. See

Long term sickness: the costs to individuals

John Letizia, Director of Public Affairs for the Income Protection Insurance company UNUM discusses research commissioned from ISER to look at the cost to individuals of long term sickness.

Poverty triggers and household change

Professor Nick Buck, Director of Understanding Society, discusses two pieces of research using the study to look at movements in and out of poverty and household change.

Childcare policy – has it had any impact?

Dr Birgitta Rabe talks about new research looking at the impact of recent childcare policies on children’s educational outcomes and helping mothers into work.

How couples respond when one loses a job

Dr Karon Gush talks about research using the Understanding Society Innovation Panel to look at the responses of couples when one of them loses their job.

The long shadow of recession

Dr Mark Bryan discusses research findings from ISER’s ESRC funded project, Understanding the impact of recession on labour market behaviour in Britain, which investigates the labour market responses of individuals and households to economic recession.

School meets street: low achievement, school exclusion and youth crime

What can schools do to stop young people becoming excluded and falling into a life of crime? ISER Associate Liz Spencer talks about recent research examining the process that links low achievement, school exclusion and involvement in crime among African-Caribbean boys and young men.

Who saves for retirement?

James Lloyd, Director of the Strategic Society Centre, talks about new research with ISER looking at pension reform and who is and isn’t saving for their retirement.

Sexual orientation and poverty

Dr Noah Uhrig discusses ground-breaking new research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exploring the links between sexual orientation and poverty.

What’s a university degree worth?

Professor Adeline Delavande talks about research looking at the perceptions of parents and children from different socio-economic backgrounds of the financial value of gaining a degree.

Over-qualification of immigrants in the UK

ISER PhD student Szilvia Altorjai talks about her research looking at the levels of qualifications of migrant workers compared with workers who were born in the UK.

Does sample size matter?

Dr Olena Kaminska talks about her recently-published article for Statistics Views on why sample size matters in social science research.