Using geographical data in longitudinal studies: Value, challenges & examples ShareThis


Using linked geographical data in longitudinal studies opens up a multitude of new and exciting research opportunities. This session aimed to explore the key issues and challenges faced when linking the two data sets.

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. This workshop covered how data users can use linked geographical data in longitudinal studies to explore innovative new avenues for research.

During this workshop we:

  • discussed the value of geographical data in cohort studies,
  • gave an overview of the types of data that can be linked to each study and each time period,
  • discussed the challenges of analysing place effects in life course studies using research examples from different disciplines.

The workshop will closes with a panel discussion.

This workshop was open to anyone who works in academic institutions and is interested in using geographical data in cohort studies.


Download the programme here.


If you have questions or require further information, please contact Jennie Blows at