Health and Social Surveys Research Group

Health and Social Surveys Research Group


The Health and Social Surveys Research Group (HSSRG) studies population health (including health behaviours and treatments), the determinants of population health, and inequalities in health. 

How we research

Much of the group’s research is carried out using large population surveys that collect data on health, economic and social issues, using a variety of survey methods and statistical techniques.

Qualitative methods also feature in the research conducted by the group. The group has around 20 staff. It is multidisciplinary, with epidemiology, sociology, statistics, public health nutrition, demography and geography all represented. 

Examples of our research

Some current and recent examples of the research conducted by the group include: the Health Survey for England (HSE), the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), European Health Examination Survey (EHES), the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, Street Mobility and Accessibility, Inequalities in health in an ageing population, and a number of studies exploring influences on ethnic inequalities in health.

Much of this research is carried out collaboratively with other groups and institutions, most particularly with the NatCen Social Research. The Health and Social Surveys Research Group is funded from a number of sources. 


Current funders include the Department of Health, NHS Digital, the Scottish Executive, the Food Standards Agency, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the US National Institutes of Health.

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