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What can 40,000 households tell us about love, living and learning?

Press release issued: 7 November 2012

The attitudes of 100,000 individuals in 40,000 British households on life in 21st-century Britain will be explored by leading social scientists at an event hosted by the University of Bristol tonight [7 Nov].

The attitudes of 100,000 individuals in 40,000 British households on life in 21st-century Britain will be explored by leading social scientists at an event hosted by the University of Bristol tonight [7 Nov].

Presented by academics who are currently using data from the largest household survey of its kind in the world — the Understanding Society study, the event aims to share some of their latest findings around the key social issues affecting the population.

Data from the survey has allowed researchers to undertake a deeper analysis of a wide range of sections of the population providing an insight into the factors that influence people’s longer-term occupational trajectories, their health and well-being, financial circumstances and personal relationships.

The panel discussion, entitled ‘Love, Living and Learning: what 40 000 households can tell us about life in 21st century Britain’, is presented by Professors Patricia Broadfoot and Fiona Steele from the University’s Graduate School of Education, Professor Simon Burgess from the Department of Economics, Dr Matt Dickson from the Centre for Market and Public Organisation and Professor Rona Campbell from the School of Social and Community Medicine.

The discussion will end with a Q&A session and followed by a wine reception. Admission to the event by ticket only, though attendance is free of charge. The event is being held between 5pm and 6.30pm in the Arts Complex, 3-5 Woodland Road.

The ESRC-funded event is part of Thinking Futures a free festival of events open to members of the public.  A full programme is available on the ‘Thinking Futures’ website. The Festival has been organised by the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Law with support from the Centre for Public Engagement.