Innovation & Enterprise


Stronger towns: What can the Census tell us?

19 July 2019, 12:00 pm–3:30 pm

Photo of the view over the top of a number of houses in a town

This event will bring together policymakers, practitioners and academics to explore how census data could inform policy decisions to support stronger and more prosperous towns.

Event Information

Open to



Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support (CeLSIUS) at UCL, in partnership with UCL Innovation & Enterprise


Room G01
UCL Institute of Health Informatics
222 Euston Road


The aim of this event it to start a conversation about how census data, particularly from the ONS Longitudinal Study, can support debates on neighbourhoods, housing and work, and inform policy to support stronger and more prosperous towns.

The ONS Longitudinal Study is based on a 1% sample of census returns since 1971, linked to other life events such as births, emigrations and cancer registrations. It now includes records for more than 1.1 million individuals and provides the basis for a rich and detailed analysis of our social geography in recent decades.

Who it’s for

This event is open to policymakers, practitioners and businesses, as well as academics from across UCL.

What to expect

You’ll hear from a number of speakers, and have opportunities for discussion within groups and over a working lunch.

Rachel Laurence, Director of Programmes and Practice at New Economics Foundation, will give the keynote speech. 

The event will be chaired by Fran Abrams, a journalist and Chief Executive of the Education Media Centre, a charity devoted to promoting good evidence about education.  


Left behind places

Professor Tony Champion, Emeritus Professor of Population Geography at Newcastle University

Where are left-behind spaces? Who stays and who leaves? What is the role of socio-economic status in determining this? Are those who have higher levels of education, for example, more likely to leave and not return? And what might make them more likely to come back once they have left?


Dr Rory Coulter, Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography at UCL

Are issues of access and affordability in the housing market increasing intergenerational inequalities? Focusing particularly on young people, this presentation will examine what the ONS Longitudinal Study can tell us about housing inequalities and about changing patterns of social mobility in the housing system across England and Wales. Rory will highlight new ways in which the ONS Longitudinal Study can be harnessed for housing research.

Worklessness at older ages

Dr Emily Murray, Senior Research Associate at the UCL Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

This presentation will look at early exit from the labour market in areas of high unemployment. Emily will reflect on what census data can tell us more broadly about later life worklessness. She'll also touch on other recent research which shows links between young adult unemployment and later health issues which can affect people’s ability to work at older ages.

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