Longitudinal Data Analysis
Social Science Researchers

Research Institutes & Other groups

Institute for Social and Economic Research
The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) specialises in the production and analysis of longitudinal data. The activities of its two divisions, the UK Longitudinal Studies Centre (ULSC) and the Research Centre on Micro-social Change (MISOC), are interdependent and are carried out by overlapping groups of experts. ISER is a department of the University of Essex and is core-funded by the University and the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The ESRC UK Longitudinal Studies Centre
The UK Longitudinal Studies Centre (ULSC) is the national resource centre for promoting longitudinal research and for the design, management and support of longitudinal surveys.  It was established by the ESRC as independent centre in 1999.

Longitudinal Studies Centre – Scotland (LSCS)
Launched in summer 2001, LSCS is a SHEFC- and CSO-funded initiative that involves collaboration between the Universities of St Andrews, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is the first research centre in Scotland specifically designed to undertake and support longitudinal studies. The major task of the centre is the establishment of the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) where the census, vital events and health records of a large 5.5% anonymous sample of the Scottish population are linked together. The strategic socio-economic research undertaken by this centre, particularly through the support and use of the SLS, will be directly relevant to the Scottish economy, academic endeavour and the nation's health.

Institute of Education (Centre for Longitudinal Studies)
The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) is a research centre within the Bedford Group for Lifecourse and Statistical Studies in the Institute of Education devoted to the collection, management and analysis of large scale, longitudinal data.

CLS holds responsibility for Britain's internationally renowned birth cohort studies: the National Child Development Study (1958 cohort) and the 1970 British Cohort Study, and leads the consortium conducting the Economic and Social Research Council's new Millennium Cohort Study

Policy Studies Institute
PSI undertakes and publishes research studies relevant to social, economic and industrial policy. The Institute is a charity, run on a not-for-profit basis. In 1998 it merged to become an independent subsidiary of the University of Westminster.

Institute for Fiscal Studies
IFS is an independent research organisation. We aim to promote effective economic and social policies through rigorous analysis of their impact on individuals, families, firms and the public finances.

Centre for Applied Statistics Lancaster University
The Centre for Applied Statistics is a strong research group within Faculty of Applied Sciences at Lancaster University. The Centre provides: Statistical consultancy service; Postgraduate masters and research degrees; Short courses.

Scotecon is an acronym for the Scottish Economic Policy Network. It is a network of economists based in Scotland's twelve universities, which aims to stimulate academic research on the Scottish economy, particularly in those areas of concern to the Scottish Parliament.

ESRC National Research Methods Centre
The mission of the NCRM is to provide a strategic focal point for the identification, development and delivery of an integrated national research, training and capacity-building programme aimed at:

Centre for Multilevel Modelling
The Centre for Multilevel Modelling has been funded since 1987 by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Its aims include the development of statistical models for the analysis of hierarchically structured data, training in the use of such models, and the provision of appropriate software.

It collaborates with researchers in a number of substantive disciplines, including education, epidemiology, geography, economics and demography, runs workshops and publishes a newsletter.

Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
The Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, known as S3RI, was set up by the University in August 2003 in order to support and co-ordinate the research activities of statisticians and demographers from the Schools of Social Science, Mathematics and Medicine. It involves more than 50 academic, research and support staff and makes up one of the largest groups of statisticians in UK universities. More than 35 research students are currently supervised by one or more members of S3RI.

Centre for Applied Social Surveys
CASS provides courses and technical information to academic social scientists and to applied researchers in government, market research and the independent and voluntary sectors. Its main activities are teaching short courses in survey methods and developing and disseminating a survey question bank.

Royal Statistical Society
The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is the UK's only professional and learned society devoted to the interests of statistics and statisticians. It is also one of the most influential and prestigious statistical societies in the world.  The Society has an international membership, and is active in a wide range of areas both directly and indirectly pertaining to the study and application of statistics.


Scottish Social Survey Network

The Scottish Social Survey Network provides a forum for demonstrating methods and applications of social survey research analysis in Scotland. The network co-ordinates and facilitates a programme of Master Classes and Seminars relating to the analysis of social surveys. Events run for the period 2007-2010.