UCL Lunch Hour Lectures: Why early life matters: insights from longitudinal studies

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Speaker information:
Professor Alison Park, UCL Institute of Education, Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER)

Family background, infant health and early experiences of poverty can affect how well we do in school, the careers we pursue, and even how we age. This lecture shares insights from the UK's world-renowned longitudinal studies, shedding light on how our childhoods shape our adult lives, for better and for worse.

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student


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    Professor Alison Park,

    Director, CLOSER

    As Director of the CLOSER programme (Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) I am responsible for making sure that it maximises the use, value and impact of the UK's longitudinal studies.

    My wider research and teaching focuses on social and political attitudes and behaviour and how these are changing over time, and on survey research methods more generally. Prior to joining UCL Institute of Education, I worked at NatCen Social Research where I designed, resourced and carried out commission and grant-funded social research, with a particular focus on survey research.