International Centre For Lifecourse Studies In Society and Health
UCL Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health



ICLS research academics and their evidence feature frequently in the news. Keep up to date here with all the latest developments: new papers, presentations, blogs, podcast episodes, events and announcements about the Centre and its team. 

Revamped podcast launches on iTunes

The way research evidence makes its way into policy is the focus of a new look podcast from the research team at the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies.

Published: Jun 6, 2018 1:53:34 PM

Childhood disadvantage and negative health behaviour in adults

Heavy drinking and smoking, poor diet and a lack of physical activity have been shown to go hand in hand in adults from more disadvantaged backgrounds. But new research from ICLS PhD student, Claire Mawditt, hints that, contrary to previous evidence, being disadvantaged as a pre-adolescent child is not in itself a predictor of those sorts of negative health behaviours later in life.

Published: Apr 30, 2018 10:34:30 AM

Who has a pension? NEW Lifecourse Podcast episode

In the latest episode of The Lifecourse Podcast, Professor David Blane from UCL and Imperial College discusses the implications of new research into who has a pension. Occupational pensions: a bridge between social class before and after labour market exit? by Myer Glickman, Mel Bartley and David Blane finds that workers from the most advantaged social backgrounds are six times more likely than their least advantaged counterparts to be a member of an occupational pension scheme. In the podcast episode, Professor Blane explains the background to the research, the data used and what the findings mean for policymakers, employers and workers.

Published: Apr 23, 2018 1:29:16 PM

Having a family and your working life

People are living longer so governments are looking for ways to encourage people to work for longer. In the UK, the State Pension age is being raised and future generations will have little choice but to work. But how will the decisions they made earlier in life – whether and when to have a family – affect their later employment prospects? In the latest ICLS WorkLife blog, Mai Stafford discusses findings from research which show that flexible working including part-time jobs are likely to be key in helping parents to combine work and family.

Published: Apr 16, 2018 11:26:50 AM

Occupational pensions: a question of social class?

Workers from the most advantaged social backgrounds are six times more likely than their least advantaged counterparts to be a member of an occupational pension scheme. In a new Working Paper from the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies researchers Myer Glickman, Mel Bartley and David Blane use information from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings to look at the variation in pension scheme membership between people from different social classes. 

Published: Apr 9, 2018 8:49:26 AM

ICLS gets animated!

The research team at the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies has been getting animated in a bid to promote its special brand of science and explain how life gets under our skin. The Centre, with the help of Cognitive Media, has produced a short animated film (see below) showing how its research uses longitudinal studies to examine how people’s social circumstances and biology intertwine over their lives and impact on their health.

Published: Mar 19, 2018 2:27:29 PM

A question of support: working longer and what works

To what extent do our working conditions affect our decisions about whether or not to continue in a job despite having a chronic disease? In the latest ICLS WorkLife blog, Maria Fleischmann, Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, has been asking what might help to prolong working life for older people. Could factors such as having supportive colleagues and managers, or a clear understanding of who does what, make a difference?

Published: Mar 13, 2018 4:00:33 PM

Parents and alcohol misuse

ICLS research evidence on the links between parents’ drinking and health outcomes for their children has been used in the production of a parliamentary briefing note. The research, by Centre Director Yvonne Kelly and colleagues, looks at the links between drinking during pregnancy and behavioural problems in young children at age 3  and at age 5, what influences children to drink at a very young age and which young children are most at risk of being drunk.  

Published: Mar 13, 2018 3:55:54 PM