What is Biosocial research and why do we need it?

Biosocial research is concerned with the dynamic interplays between biology, experiences and behaviours over the life course. Encompassing multidisciplinary science, biosocial research has a history of diverse definitions and brings together expertise from the biological, medical and social sciences. It enhances the depth and breadth of insights drawn from research, thereby improving the positive impacts of research on policy and society. 


The ESRC and BBSRC have decided to build further capacity in biosocial research because attempts to understand the interactions between the biological and social spheres are incomplete without good understanding and data on both.


Recent investments have made biomarker data available in a number of well-characterised longitudinal social surveys. Innovative methods are required to handle these data and study the mechanisms underlying the reciprocal relationships between the social environment and biology in ways that allow causal inference. In order to capitalise on these investments, the Soc-B Centre in Doctoral Training was established to develop a cadre of researchers with both the theoretical knowledge and technical capabilities to make major advances in biosocial research in the future. 


To learn more, take a look at the ESRC blog on biosocial research: https://blog.esrc.ac.uk/category/biosocial/page/1