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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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Islam moves West

David Voas talks about new research published in the Annual Review of Sociology Islam Moves West: Religious Change in the First and Second Generations looking at whether Muslims arriving in the West (and their children and grandchildren) remain as religious as they were in their home country, or become more religious or less over time.

Scheduled versus demand feeding

Maria Iacovou shares new research from the ISER breastfeeding project looking at the effects of scheduled versus demand feeding and the effects on mothers and their children.

Who saves for retirement?

Mark Bryan talks about Who saves for retirement? – new research from ISER and the Strategic Society Centre about our pension saving habits.

Episode 2011-19

Lucinda Platt talks about the unprecedented research opportunities provided by the Ethnicity Boost Sample in Understanding Society.

Episode 2011-18

Survey Manager, Jon Burton, talks about Understanding Society, how it works, why it’s important that people take part and how researchers can now access this world-class resource to examine and analyse a host of important social and economic issues.

Episode 2011-17

Cara Booker talks about new research using Understanding Society that shows that people with a physical illness may nevertheless be mentally resilient.

Episode 2011-16

Children and healthcare expert Dr Miriam Stoppard talks about ISER breastfeeding research at a special event hosted at the British Academy on October 12.

Episode 2011-15

Annette Jäckle talks about the Understanding Society Innovation Panel and exciting new data that’s now available for researchers to use.

Episode 2011-14

Dean Lillard from Cornell University talks about his recent research using smoking to see if a move abroad makes us healthier.

Episode 2011-13

Frank Stafford from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan talks about what panel studies have done for social research with particular reference to the long-running Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and the more recent UK Household Panel Study, Understanding Society. Life course panels: progress and promise was the keynote address at the Understanding Society/BHPS Conference 2011

Episode 2011-12

Liz Spencer talks about the inspirational sociologist Ray Pahl who sadly died in June. Liz was talking after presenting a special tribute to Ray at the Understanding Society/BHPS Conference 2011. Our apologies for the occasionally poor quality audio in this podcast.

Episode 2011-11

Chris Bollinger currently visiting ISER from the University of Kentucky talks about non-response to survey questions on income and what this might mean for researchers looking at the issue of wage gaps between men and women.

Episode 2011-10

Yvonne Kelly talks about new research showing that babies who are breastfed are far less likely to become children with behaviour problems by the time they reach the age of five than those who receive formula milk.

Episode 2011-09

John Friedman from Harvard University talks about the STAR project at ISER’s recent workshop examining the impact of education on social mobility. Pre-school, school and beyond: Improving social mobility through education was held at the British Academy on May 6 2011.

Episode 2011-08

The links between our ability to manage money and our psychological wellbeing have been the subject of recent work by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Research by Mark Taylor has fed into that programme, which is working to produce a range of information programmes and literature to help people manage their money and finances more generally more effectively.

Episode 2011-07

Happiness is in the air! In October last year, David Cameron announced that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) would be developing official measures of wellbeing.

Episode 2011-06

The recent welfare-to-work reform requires lone parents with older children to be available for work. Activating lone parents: an evidence-based policy appraisal of the recent welfare-to-work reform in Britain examines the likely effect of this reform and the proposed extension with regards to the employment rate of lone parents. Tina Haux talks about her recent research on welfare reform and getting lone parents back to work.

Episode 2011-05

Nick Allum talks about recently published research, which contradicts the argument that diversity reduces trust.

Episode 2011-04

Heather Laurie talks about recent research that shows that couples are keeping their savings and investments separate.

Episode 2011-03

Peter Lynn talks about recent research on the use of telephones in surveys.

Episode 2011-02

Renee Luthra talks about her recent Working Paper Intergenerational Returns to Migration?:Comparing educational performance on both sides of the German border and finds it tells a more positive story about migration.

Episode 2011-01

Richard Berthoud talks about his ISER Working Paper, Trends in employment of disabled people in Britain, a detailed analysis of trends over three decades which tends to undermine some of the hypotheses frequently put forward to explain the labour market experience of disabled people.

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