Series

UK Data Service series record for:

Understanding Society

Series abstract

The Understanding Society study, or the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS), which began in 2009, is conducted by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), at the University of Essex. As a multi-topic household survey, the purpose of Understanding Society is to understand social and economic change in Britain at the household and individual levels. It is anticipated that over time the study will permit examination of short- and long-term effects of social and economic change, including policy interventions, on the general wellbeing of the UK population. The Understanding Society study is a successor to the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). The BHPS sample forms part of Understanding Society from Wave 2 onwards.

Data access

GN 33423  |  Understanding Society: Waves 1- , 2008-

SNStudy DescriptionAccess OnlineDownload / Order  
6849   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-8, 2008-2015 -
6614   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014 -
7251   Understanding Society: Waves 2-3 Nurse Health Assessment, 2010-2012 -
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GN 33428  |  Understanding Society, 2008- : Special Licence Access

SNStudy DescriptionAccess OnlineDownload / Order  
7083   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-8, 2008-2015: Special Licence Access -
6666   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Local Authority District -
6668   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies -
6669   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Census Area Statistics Wards -
6670   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Census 2001 Lower Layer Super Output Areas -
6671   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Local Education Authorities -
6672   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Strategic Health Authorities -
6673   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Primary Care Organisations -
6674   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Census 2001 Output Area Classification -
6675   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Travel to Work Areas -
6931   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access -
7182   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, School Codes -
7245   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Census 2001 Middle Layer Super Output Areas -
7248   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Census 2011 Lower Layer Super Output Areas -
7249   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Census 2011 Middle Layer Super Output Areas -
7453   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Acorn Type 2013 -
7454   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Census 2001 Rural-Urban Indicators -
7629   Understanding Society, Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Census 2011 Output Area Classification -
7630   Understanding Society: Waves 1-5, 2009-2014: Special Licence Access, Census 2011 Rural-Urban Indicators -
6908   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Local Authority District -
6909   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies -
6910   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Census Area Statistics Wards -
6911   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Census 2001 Lower Layer Super Output Areas -
6912   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Local Education Authorities -
6913   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Strategic Health Authorities -
6914   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Primary Care Organisations -
6915   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Census 2001 Output Area Classification -
6916   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Travel to Work Areas -
7339   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Census 2011 Lower Layer Super Output Areas -
7637   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Census 2001 Middle Layer Super Output Areas -
7638   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Census 2011 Middle Layer Super Output Areas -
7639   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Census 2011 Output Area Classification -
7640   Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-6, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access, Census 2011 Rural-Urban Indicators -
7533   Understanding Society: Waves 1-3, 2009-2012: Special Licence Access, Geographical Accessibility -
7587   Understanding Society: Waves 2-3 Nurse Health Assessment, 2010-2012: Special Licence Access -
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GN 33429  |  Understanding Society: Waves 1- , 2008-: Secure Access

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FAQ

What is the main objective of Understanding Society?

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How often are people interviewed for the survey and who is interviewed?

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Are the same questions asked in each wave?

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Can I order just the most recent wave?

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Does Understanding Society use standard coding schemes?

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  Understanding Society, Wave 3, 2011-2012: Teaching Dataset (SN 7549)
  Understanding Society: Interviewer Survey, 2014 (SN 7615)
  Understanding Couples' Experiences of Job Loss in Recessionary Britain: a Linked Qualitative Study, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access (SN 7657)

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