COVID-19 Newsletters, blogs and opinion ShareThis

In this section, you’ll find the latest COVID-19 related blogs and opinion pieces from the longitudinal research community, as well as past issues of the CLOSER COVID-19 Update Bulletin newsletter.

Blogs and opinion

COVID-19: Perspectives blog series

Overhead view of students studyingPart 2: Understanding the pandemic – looking at early research findings from COVID-19 data
By Chris Coates, Understanding Society

In the second blog post in a 3-part series by Understanding Society, Chris Coates takes a look at the implications posed by early research findings from the COVID-19 survey they launched last year.


Woman wearing a mask in the park using her phonePart 1: Understanding the pandemic – surveying the population during lockdown
By Michaela Benzeval, Jon Burton, and Peter Lynn, Understanding Society

In the first of a 3-part blog series, CLOSER partner study, Understanding Society, takes a look at how they rapidly adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Woman wearing a mask sitting on a trainThe COVID-19 pandemic: a life course perspective
By Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER

Prof Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER Director, reflects on how a life course approach can aid understanding of the likely long-term impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, from mental health and obesity to economic and educational inequalities.


Assessment of how older adults have been affected by COVID-19: A look at the Hertfordshire Cohort Study
By Elaine Dennison, University of Southampton

Elaine Dennison takes a look at the lockdown experiences of Hertfordshire Cohort Study participants during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.


AWoman wearing face shield and medical maskdapting to the new normal: innovation and collaboration in longitudinal studies during COVID-19
By Andy Wong, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL

Andy Wong talks about innovation and adaptation of data collection methods in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


woman wearing face maskHow the UK’s longitudinal studies are helping society navigate the COVID-19 pandemic
By Alissa Goodman, UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS)

Alissa Goodman discusses how CLS rapidly responded to the UK’s lockdown by launching a special COVID-19 survey to capture time-critical experiences of the pandemic, and looks at the first analyses of data.


COVID-19 and the inequality in psychological distress in the UK: new evidence from the first three months of the pandemic
By Apostolos Davillas, University of East Anglia and Andrew Jones, University of York

Dr Apostolos Davillas and Professor Andrew Jones explore new evidence from the first three months of the UK response to the pandemic, highlighting the inequality in psychological distress in the UK.


A new future for longitudinal research in the wake of COVID-19
By David Porteous, Generation Scotland and Nic Timpson, ALSPAC

David Porteous and Nic Timpson write about the process of data collection during the UK’s lockdown that led them to join forces and adapt the Generation Scotland and ALSPAC COVID-19 questionnaire for wider use in the UK and other cohorts.


Remote data collection for large-scale longitudinal research: reflections from the pre- and lessons for the post-pandemic era
By Bonamy Oliver, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology

Bonamy Oliver writes about the challenge of family psychology in 2020, and what pre-pandemic efforts to conduct detailed family assessments suitable for large-scale studies have to offer.


The future of data collection in a rapidly changing world
By Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER Director

Rebecca Hardy reflects on the challenges and opportunities of collecting data as a result of COVID-19, and shares her insights on what the future holds for longitudinal research.


Adapting data collection during COVID-19 at TwinsUK
By Paz García, Twins UK Engagement & Communications Manager

Paz García shares insights into how the TwinsUK quickly adapted their data collection methods to effectively gather information from their participants during the UK’s lockdown.


Volunteer brings shopping to older personAssessing the impact of COVID-19 on the older population in England
By Kate Coughlin, ELSA Project Manager

Kate Coughlin, outlines ELSA’s COVID-19 response and how the study is in the position of being able to provide unique insights on the immediate and longer-term effects of the pandemic on the older population.


COVID-19: A defining moment for longitudinal research?
By Rob Davies, Head of CLOSER COVID-19 Taskforce

Rob Davies argues that harnessing the power of longitudinal studies will help us understand the pandemic and calls for a new national birth cohort to ensure valuable information from another generation is not lost.


Find out more about our COVID-19 Perspectives blog series and how you can write for us.

Blogs from the wider longitudinal research community

What future for Generation COVID?
By Lee Elliot Major, University of Exeter

Working and caring: the mental health toll of combining paid work and childcare during lockdown
By Baowen Xue and Anne McMunn writing for the Women’s Budget Group

Changing living arrangements and stress in lockdown
By Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, Min Qin, Athina Vlachantoni writing for Understanding Society

Video: Prof Alissa Goodman, UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies on how COVID-19 has impacted people’s lives
Video produced by the Campaign for Social Science

Longitudinal methods: innovation and development during COVID-19
By Martin Wood, NatCen Social Research

Using new biosocial data to explore inequality of opportunity in health and the impact of COVID-19
By Andrew Jones, University of York

The psychological impact of COVID-19

We focus on the cure and actually it is more about how we stop things happening
By John Wright, Bradford Institute for Health Research

The arts: good for mental health and life satisfaction
By Karen Mak, Daisy Fancourt & Senhu Wang writing for Understanding Society

Someone’s knocking at the door
By Guy Goodwin, NatCen Social Research writing for the Social Research Association

Emerging evidence on COVID-19’s impact on mental health and health inequalities
By Louise Marshall, Jo Bibby, Isabel Abbs, The Health Foundation

Twitter chat with our Data Impact Fellows on #DoingResearchNow
By Neil Dymond-Green, UK Data Service

COVID-19 and our unprecedented age of change
By Raj Patel, Understanding Society

Coming of age in the time of coronavirus: young lives and families in low- and middle-income countries
By Gina Crivello, Young Lives

COVID-19: Social surveys are now more important than ever
By Patty Doran and Vanessa Higgins, UK Data Service


CLOSER launched the COVID-19 Update Bulletin in June 2020 to provide timely updates on the rapid response of the longitudinal population studies in the wake of COVID-19 and the first UK lockdown. As the initial response to the pandemic has moved into a new phase, the COVID-19 Update Bulletin has been integrated into our primary e-newsletter: Longitudinal News.

Past issues of the our COVID-19 Update Bulletin can be found below.

COVID-19 Update Bulletin

Longitudinal News

Sign up to receive Longitudinal News – our monthly newsletter featuring the latest news and research, COVID-19 updates, resources, and events from the longitudinal population studies community.