Understanding Society Podcast Series
Public health and the COVID-19 pandemic
Season 3, Ep. 3
In the third episode of our new podcast series, we take a look at the health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Series host Catherine McDonald speaks to Professor Meena Kumari, Understanding Society’s Topic Champion for Health and Biomarker research and to David Finch, Assistant Director in the Healthy Lives directorate at The Health Foundation.Together they discuss Understanding Society’s COVID-19 survey and The Health Foundation’s COVID-19 Impact inquiry. They look at what the pandemic has highlighted with regard to the social determinants of health and they share their biggest fears as we move out of the initial clutches of COVID-19.
Universal Credit: How is it faring as a benefit system?
Season 3, Ep. 2
With the topic area of income and expenditure for the second episode in our new podcast series, we take a look at Universal Credit – how it’s designed, how it compares to the old benefits legacy system and the effects it has on people’s lives. Series host Catherine McDonald speaks to Tom Waters, Senior Research Economist from the Institute for Fiscal Studies about research that used Understanding Society data to take a longitudinal look at Universal Credit. With first-hand experience of supporting people on Universal Credit, Kayley Hignell, Head of Policy for Families, Welfare and Work at Citizens Advice, responds to the research and shares her view on how one of the biggest benefit reforms in UK history is playing out. You can read Tom’s research here via the Understanding Society publications library.
Who carried the work burden during COVID-19?
Season 3, Ep. 1
In the first episode of our new podcast series, we look at employment and the experience of working-class women during the COVID-19 pandemic. Series host Catherine McDonald speaks to Professors Tracey Warren from Nottingham University Business School and Clare Lyonette from Warwick Institute for Employment about their project Carrying the Work Burden of the COVID-19 pandemic: working class women in the UK. Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director of the Women’s Budget Group and co-collaborator on the project also joins to explain the motivation for the research and the ways in which their findings are serving as vital evidence in the case of building back better with increased gender equality. The research project’s website can be found here.
Why sample size matters
Dr Olena Kaminska talks about why sample size matters when researching hard to reach sub-sections of the population and why Understanding Society offers not just great data but some innovative and original opportunities to research previously ignored groups.
What makes a boomeranger? Moving back in with mum and dad
Anne Berrington talks about what makes young adults return to live with their parents.
Just how much is a university degree worth?
Professor Adeline Delavande talks about research which uses the Understanding Society Innovation Panel to examine the perceptions of parents and children of the financial value of gaining a degree.
Sexual orientation and poverty
Dr Noah Uhrig discusses ground-breaking new research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exploring the links between sexual orientation and poverty.
Life satisfaction and ethnicity
Dr Gundi Knies talks about new research exploring the links between ethnicity, neighbourhoods and life satisfaction.