Understanding Society Podcast Series



In the Understanding Society Podcast Series, you can listen to interviews with the Understanding Society team, researchers using the survey in their work and those benefiting from it. Interviews last no longer than 10 minutes and are designed to be understood by a non-academic audience.


  • Biomarkers and genetic data

    25/11/2014 Duración: 10min

    Professors Michaela Benzeval and Meena Kumari give a short introduction to the Understanding Society biomarker and genetic data.

  • White flight and the rise of UKIP

    03/11/2014 Duración: 12min

    Professor Eric Kaufman from Birkbeck College, University of London, discusses his research making use of the BHPS and Understanding Society to look at White Flight and discusses what his findings tell us about the apparent rise of UKIP.

  • Poverty triggers and household change

    30/10/2014 Duración: 14min

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

  • Can video gaming be good for young people?

    25/09/2014 Duración: 10min

    Dr Andrew Przybylski from the Oxford Internet Institute talks about research on the effects of video gaming on children’s behaviour and development.

  • Beyond Greenspace: the links between nature, health & well-being

    01/08/2014 Duración: 10min

    Dr Ben Wheeler from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, part of the University of Exeter Medical School talks about the Beyond Greenspace research project, which is looking to develop a better understanding of the relationships between nature, health and wellbeing.

  • Being green - what we think and do when it comes to the environment

    15/07/2014 Duración: 09min

    Professor Peter Lynn from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex talks about early findings from the ESRC funded project, The distribution and dynamics of UK citizens’ environmental attitudes, behaviours and actions.

  • Being a dad in 21st century Britain

    19/06/2014 Duración: 07min

    Eloise Poole from NatCen talks about findings from the ESRC-funded study Fathers, work and families in twenty-first century Britain, which uses Understanding Society to explore fathers' role as breadwinners and parents in the UK and Europe.

  • Getting online - are older people included?

    14/05/2014 Duración: 10min

    Are older people getting online and are they included? Age UK researcher Marcus Green looks at the evidence.

  • Does how we live influence how we sleep?

    29/04/2014 Duración: 09min

    Dr Graham Law from the University of Leeds talks about new research published in the Open Journal of Epidemiology which uses Understanding Society to examine the links between the composition of households and how well and how long we sleep.

  • Living with sight loss

    16/04/2014 Duración: 06min

    NatCen analyst Chris Lord explains the benefits of utilising Understanding Society in third sector research projects such as this project by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

  • Balancing the books: managing financial wellbeing in later life

    03/03/2014 Duración: 08min

    David Hayes from the Personal Research Finance Centre at the University of Bristol talks about a joint programme of research with the International Longevity Centre UK which uses Understanding Society to look at the financial wellbeing of people in later life.

  • Predictors of wellbeing

    27/01/2014 Duración: 10min

    Jenny Chanfreau from NatCen discusses research undertaken for the Department of Health on predictors of well-being.

  • Life satisfaction and ethnicity

    16/01/2014 Duración: 11min

    Dr Gundi Knies talks about new research exploring the links between ethnicity, neighbourhoods and life satisfaction.

  • Sexual orientation and poverty

    27/12/2013 Duración: 15min

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

  • Just how much is a university degree worth?

    03/12/2013 Duración: 08min

    Professor Adeline Delavande talks about research which uses the Understanding Society Innovation Panel to examine the perceptions of parents and children of the financial value of gaining a degree.

  • What makes a boomeranger? Moving back in with mum and dad

    12/11/2013 Duración: 08min

    Anne Berrington talks about what makes young adults return to live with their parents.

  • Why sample size matters

    01/07/2013 Duración: 07min

    Dr Olena Kaminska talks about why sample size matters when researching hard to reach sub-sections of the population and why Understanding Society offers not just great data but some innovative and original opportunities to research previously ignored groups.