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Using linked geographical data in longitudinal studies opens up a multitude of new and exciting research opportunities. This session aimed to explore what and how it can be used with longitudinal studies to explore innovative new avenues for research.

About the event

How do the characteristics of our local neighbourhoods effect our socioeconomic chances, health and wellbeing over the course of our lives? Answers to these questions can be found by linking geographical data – such as levels of local air pollution, quantity of green space, and crime rates – to survey data collected by longitudinal studies.

The first session of this workshop explored what and how geographical data can be used with longitudinal studies to explore innovative new avenues for research.

The second part of this workshop demonstrated CLOSER Discovery, an innovative new search engine that enables researchers to explore the content of eight leading UK longitudinal studies. It is the most detailed and sophisticated search tool of its kind.


13:00 Registration and refreshments

13:30 Session 1: Geographical data and its value in cohort and longitudinal studies
Introduction to geographical data linkage
Chris Dibben (University of Edinburgh)

13.45 Why geography matters?
Jamie Pearce (University of Edinburgh)

14.15 What Geographical data is available in cohort and longitudinal studies?
Zhiqiang Feng (University of Edinburgh)

14.45 The future of using geographical data in cohort/longitudinal studies
Alison Park (CLOSER)

15.00 Coffee break

15.15 Session 2: Introduction to CLOSER’s resources, including Discovery search platform
Alison Park

16:15 End


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