In 2018 the independent, international Longitudinal Studies Strategic Review (LS Review) made a number of recommendations to ESRC about the future development of existing and new longitudinal studies with a social science focus in the UK.

From October 2018, the ESRC’s ‘UK Population Lab’ programme funded under the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund commissioned scoping projects following up the LS Review’s recommendations. These included scoping studies, evidence summaries and think pieces. ESRC is pleased to share outputs from these projects below. We will update this page as further reports become available.

Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL

MCS and Next Steps pregnancies and babies

New birth cohort study theoretical sampling design

Qualitative research with cohort members

Novel linkages literature and scoping review

Survey methods research: mode and incentives

Survey methods research: new technologies

Calibration of mental health and cognitive ability measures

Web survey in MCS and design of annual web-mailing


Ipsos MORI

NatCen Social Research


Understanding Society, University of Essex

Further working papers are expected to be made available on the Understanding Society website.

University of Cardiff

University of Essex

University of Manchester

University of Southampton

Exploring Population Data for Inclusive Research

Engaging the public with longitudinal studies