International Centre For Lifecourse Studies In Society and Health


Occasional Papers

The ICLS Occasional Paper (OP) series covers ICLS work not published elsewhere and provides our policy seminar and public lecture participants with the opportunity to review again the research presented.

Extended working life and Health


Working longer: paid employment beyond age 65 years.

David Blane, UCL

Datasets:Study of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) with some English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and Decennial Census.


Who works beyond the state pension age and are there health benefits?

Giorgio Di Gessa , KCL

Dataset: English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)

Geographic inequalities, health and exit from the work force.

Emily Murray, UCL

Dataset: Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study (LS)


Adolescents and Health


Why are early adolescents from poor families at increased risk of overweight and obesity? (pdf)

Amanda Sacker, UCL

Dataset: Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)
Who are the 11 year old drinkers? (pdf)

Yvonne Kelly, UCL

Dataset: Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)

Diet quality and the factors that influence nutrient intake in teenage girls (pdf)

Laura Weston, NatCen Social Research


Stress resilience and inflammation in adolescence predict poor mental and physical health in middle-aged men (pdf)

Scott Montgomery, Orebro University Hospital , Sweden.

Dataset:Swedish conscripts

Work and Health


Who wants to work forever (pdf)
Tarani Chandola, Manchester University and UCL

Datasets: Mappiness Survey, ELSA

See also:

You Tube
ICLS Podcast Series

Sleep and Health

OP 13.1

Scheduled versus demand feeding of infants:  sleeping patterns and  risk of obesity (pdf)

Maria Iacovou, University of Cambridge

Dataset: Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)


Time for Bed? Sleep, health and development in the first decade of life (pdf)

Yvonne Kelly, Professor of Epidemiology,UCL

Dataset: Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)

OP13.3 (not yet available)

Troubled Sleep: A cross-national study of the influence of age, health, social and psychosocial factors.

Gopalakrishnan Netuveli, UEL

Dataset: Study of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)


Sleep disturbance, sleep duration and mortality in British civil servants (pdf)

Jessica Abell, UCL

Dataset: Whitehall II study

Child Health and Development


A good start in life (pdf)

Yvonne Kelly, UCL

Dataset: Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)
A good start in life

See also: UCL You Tube Channel

Active Transport and Health


Active transport and health
– Introduction

Amanda Sacker, ICLS Director

Active travel to school and the risk of obesity (pdf)

Yvonne Kelly, UCL

Dataset(s): Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)


Does active commuting predict healthy weight and body composition? (pdf)

Ellen Flint, LSHTM

Dataset(s):Understanding Society

Now published - BMJ Open Access

Associations between active commuting, body fat, and body mass index: population based, cross sectional study in the United Kingdom

Bus passes, active travel and health (pdf)

Elizabeth Webb, UCL

Dataset(s):English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA); National Transport Study (NTS)

Child Health and Development



Breast is best? Can breast feeding really increase one’s life chances? (pdf)

Amanda Sacker, UCL

Datasets: 1958 and 1970  Birth Cohort

UCL You Tube Channel

Breast is best? Can breast feeding really increase one’s life chances?



Mental health and wellbeing (pdf)

Sally McManus, NatCen for Social Research

Dataset: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS),


Health related behaviours and wellbeing in adolescence (pdf)

Amanda Sacker, Essex University



Do physical working conditions influence quality of life after retirement? (pdf)

Loretta Platts, ICLS PhD student, Imperial College

Dataset: Gas and Electricity Public Utilities of France (GAZEL)


Well-being within older couples: Does your partner’s health affect your happiness? 

(Available on request)

Jessica Abell, UCL

Dataset:English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Early Childhood Health & Development 

Health inequalities in the early years - Evidence from the Growing Up in Scotland Study.
Catherine Bromley,Scottish Centre for Social Research

Family structure and child health (Available on request)

Lidia Panico, LSE Gender Institute


Breastfeeding and cognitive development (pdf)

Amanda Sacker , University of Essex, and UCL

Dataset: Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)


Time for bed?

Yvonne Kelly, Essex University


Diet and Early Old Age



The Boyd Orr Cohort : Influences on diet in early old age (pdf)

David Blane, Imperial College & UCL

Dr Maria Maynard, MRC Social and Public Health Sciences


Work Life Balance


Lone parents and employment: an exploration of findings from the Families and Children Study 2006 – 2008 (pdf)

Anne Conolly, NatCen


To be or not to be an employed mother – what is better for children’s health? (Available on request)

Jitka Pikhartova, ICLS



Combining work & family: Health effects in women and their children (pdf)

Anne McMunn, UCL


Labour market position, family circumstances and health in later life. (Available on request)

Bola Akinwale, Imperial College



Transitions in work and family and quality of life at older ages. (Available on request)

Elizabeth Webb, UCL


Unemployment, Recession and Health


Introduction (pdf)

Mel Bartley, ICLS 


Longitudinal data, unemployment and health (pdf)

Mel Bartley, ICLS


The effects of joblessness and insecure employment on psychological well-being (available on request)

Ellen Flint, ICLS


Unemployment, permanent sickness and mortality risk in early old age (available on request)

Bola Akinwale, Imperial College


The effect of the recession on work stress (pdf)

Tarani Chandola, ICLS


Education, Education, Education: A life course perspective.


Can adult education reduce inequalities in health (pdf)

Tarani Chandola, Manchester Universtiy

 4.2 Dr Rosie Green, NatCen Educational attainment among young people in rural England (pdf)
 4.3 Andy Ross, NatCen Disengagement from education among young people (pdf)
4.4 Dr Yvonne Kelly, ICLS What role for the home learning environment & parenting in reducing socio-economic gradients in early child development? (pdf)
Professor David Blane, Imperial College, Richard D Wiggins, Institute of Education, Scott M Montgomery, Karolinska Institute, Zoe Hildon, University College London, Gopalakrishnan Netuveli, Imperial College

Resilience at older ages: the importance of social relations and implications for policy (pdf)

Keywords: Older ages; quality of life; resilience; policy

Professor Mel Bartley, UCL

The importance of life course research in an aging population.


JN Morris, Professor Emeritus, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Minimum Income for Healthy Living (MIHL) (pdf) June 20010 Transcript

Keywords: Minimum income for healthy living. Young, single men. Retired people without disability.