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Webinar: Investigating obesity in the UK – what data can I use?

27 Mar 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Data skills

This webinar is jointly organised by CLOSER and the UK Data Service as part of the ESRC-funded data resources' collaborative webinar series, ESRC data resources: discovering data and how to use it.

The webinar is for those who would like to know more about sources of data available for investigating obesity. It will focus particularly on longitudinal, cross-sectional and consumer data.

The session will explore:

  • The range of longitudinal data available, including an example of how researchers can utilise harmonised data, such as the CLOSER-funded set of harmonised BMI measures, for cross-study investigations
  • The use of cross-sectional data sources currently available from the UK Data Service
  • The value of using consumer data

The first 45 minutes of the webinar will be devoted to presentations from Prof Rebecca Hardy (UCL), Dr Vanessa Higgins (UK Data Service), and Dr Michelle Morris (Consumer Data Research Centre) followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

If you have any queries or require further information about this event, please contact the CLOSER Communications and Events Assistant, Jennie Blows (

The webinar series is the result of a collaboration between a number of
ESRC-funded resource centres working together to promote the value and
use of social science data. The collaboration is made up of several
organisations, including: CeLSIUS, NILS_RSU, SLS-DSU, CLOSER, Understanding Society, the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), the UK Data Service, the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), and the three ESRC-funded big data centres; the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG) and Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC).

About the webinar series

The ESRC-funded data resources are running a series of collaborative webinars highlighting the wide range of data sources ready and waiting to be explored and utilised by researchers and academics. Split into four separate sessions, each focusing on a different research topic, the series aims to help novice as well as experienced data users discover new data sources that could aid their own investigations. The research topics to be featured are as follows:

  • Education
  • Journey to work
  • Ethnicity and migration
  • Obesity

Each hour long webinar will consist of 2-3 presentations from expert researchers, examples of how different data sources have been used in real research case studies, as well as time set aside for participants to pose questions and ask our presenters for advice.

At a glance

Tuesday 12 March, 15:00-16:00 GMT – Journey to work
Tuesday 19 March, 15:00-16:00 GMT – Ethnicity and migration
Wednesday 27 March, 15:00-16:00 GMT – Obesity
Tuesday 2 April, 15:00-16:00 GMT – Education