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The UK is home to the world’s largest and longest-running longitudinal studies.

CLOSER (Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) aims to maximise their use, value and impact both at home and abroad. Located at the UCL Institute of Education and bringing together eight leading studies, the British Library and the UK Data Service, CLOSER works to stimulate interdisciplinary research, develop shared resources, provide training, and share expertise. In this way CLOSER is helping to build the body of knowledge on how life in the UK is changing – both across generations and in comparison to the rest of the world.

Download the CLOSER brochure (pdf).

Mission & purpose

CLOSER's mission is to maximise the use, value and impact of the UK's longitudinal studies, both at home and abroad. The UK's longitudinal studies are well-recognised as one of the most...

Partners

There are currently eight studies participating in the CLOSER network, with participants born as early as the 1930s to the present day. The British Library and the UK Data Service...

Our areas of work

CLOSER works across four different areas in order to achieve its overarching objective to maximise the use, value and impact of cohort and longitudinal studies. Click on an area of work...

Funders

CLOSER is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC). It has been awarded a core grant of approximately £5 million for 2012 to...

Image attributions

This website uses some images sourced from flickr and licensed under Creative Commons. Images from the following flickr users have been used: Piers Nye HelenCobain horizontal.integration Cary and Kacey Jordan Sev Koko Jonas Seaman Massimiliano Morten Saxild mackius Carlos Mejía...

Our people

CLOSER is run by a group of researchers and professionals based at leading academic institutions and data management centres.