Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


The Lifecourse Podcast

The Lifecourse Podcast is a series of audio interviews about research that is addressing major policy issues around our health and well-being and our family and work circumstances.


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Researchers discuss the context of their work, what they have found, what those findings mean and how they can be used to improve people's lives. 

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Lockdown, unpaid care and mental health 

In this episode of the Lifecourse Podcast from the ESRC International Centre for life course studies at UCL Dr Baowen Xue and Professor Anne McMunn discuss how they used specially collected COVID19 data to look at how couples divided up housework, childcare and homeschooling during lockdown, who was most likely to change their work pattern and the impact on mental health. 

Turning out to vote: what does it have to do with our health?

Thierry Gagné from ICLS discusses research with Ingrid School and Amanda Sacker exploring the links between voter turnout and health.   

The research, which made use of data from the 1958 and 1970 Birth Cohorts, showed that compared with people in good health, those who said they were in fair health had 15% and 18% lower odds of voting whilst those in poor or worse health had 17% and 32% lower odds of voting.

Pause before you post: what do young people think about social media and their mental health?

In a special episode of the Lifecourse Podcast, guest host UCL PhD student Emma Walker discusses young people's social media use and their mental health. Her guests are undergraduate students, Loes Wals, Kritika Rai and Alyson Ong. With support from ICLS and the National Literacy Trust they put on a workshop for 50 schoolchildren discussing their thoughts and attitudes about their social media use and research from Professor Yvonne Kelly showing a link between heavy social media use and increased depressive symptoms. 

iGen - Why our super-connected kids may not be super happy

Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University discusses her research on the links between heavy social media and screen use and increased levels of depression and anxiety among young people in the US and the UK.