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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In interviews of no more than 10 minutes, 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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Is a bus pass a route to good health?

The Government recently announced that, after a review of the older person's bus pass, it would continue for the foreseeable future. Some of the evidence that fed into that review was produced by researchers Libby Webb (formerly ICLS now Age UK researcher) and Anthony Laverty from Imperial College London. In this episode of The Lifecourse Podcast, they discuss how their findings fed into the policy process and review of evidence that helped secure the future of the bus pass.

Occupational pensions: a question of social class?

We are all being told we need to save harder and longer for our retirement. The State Pension isn’t enough to live on and so we all need to make provision for the day when we will no longer be earning or have access to a salary or a wage. For most of us, this means saving into a pension scheme - maybe one that our employer organises or something we arrange privately. But who exactly has a pension and what sort of background do they come from?

Jewels in the crown: the Birth Cohort Studies

The British Birth Cohort Studies are often described as ‘the jewel in the crown’ of British science. They are used on a daily basis by life course researchers at ICLS to try to better understand how life gets under our skin and to help policy makers, practitioners and the public know when and how to act to help people live long, healthy and happy lives.

Getting out and about: what helps us stay active in older age?

Being able to get out and about as we get older is important for our health and wellbeing. But what needs to be put in place at what point in our lives to help us achieve that? In this episode of The Lifecourse Podcast, Tarani Chandola talks about ICLS research presented in a new booklet Never too Early, Never too Late, which shows some of the factors linked to an active and healthy life in older age.

Work stress midlife and volunteering in retirement

In this episode of The Lifecourse Podcast, Morten Wahrendorf discuss the link between the quality of midlife work and the uptake of volunteering during retirement. His research uses data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) which is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of approximately 110,000 individuals from 20 European countries (+Israel) aged 50 or older.

Unemployment and elevated inflammatory biomarkers

There is growing evidence that unemployment is linked to long term illness and increased mortality. In this episode of The Lifecourse Podcast, Amanda Hughes discusses the findings from her research on the links between unemployment and killer diseases such as heart disease.

Teenage stress resilience and midlife health

In this episode of The Lifecourse Podcast, Scott Montgomery discusses the links between stress resilience and physical fitness in adolescents and coronary heart disease in middle age.

Poverty and obesity in children: the links

In this episode of The Lifecourse Podcast, Amanda Sacker discusses research showing striking socioeconomic inequalities with early adolescents from the poorest families 3 times more likely to be obese compared with their wealthier counterparts.

Who are the 11 year old drinkers?

In this episode of The Lifecourse Podcast, Yvonne Kelly discusses her research looking at who is drinking alcohol at age 11.

Who wants to work forever ?

In this episode of The Lifecourse Podcast, Tarani Chandola discusses whether or not it is good for a person's health to work past the traditional retirement age.