School of Sociology and Social Policy

Timescapes: An ESRC Qualitative Longitudinal Initiative


Timescapes was funded from 2007-12 under the ESRC Changing Lives and Times initiative. The broad aim was to scale up and promote Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) research, create an archive of data for preservation and sharing, and to demonstrate and encourage re-use of the resource. We achieved these aims through a network of empirical projects, the creation of an archive of QL data, a secondary analysis programme and a range of training and capacity building activities. Details of these activities and the outputs from this work can be found on this website.  

Our Research

The Timescapes projects explored how personal and family relationships develop and change over time.Our researchers focused on relationships with significant others: parents, grandparents, siblings, children, partners, friends and lovers.

We investigated how these relationships affected people's well-being and life chances, and considered the implications for the long term resourcing of families.

What is qualitative longitudinal research?

Timescapes Director Bren Neale discusses the meaning and value of Qualitative Longitudinal research in this Sage Methods' Film.

Timescapes Archive

We created the Timescapes Archive by gathering the data generated from our empirical projects and forming a composite resource for sharing and re-use. 

Secondary Analysis

Timescapes has taken a leading role in the development of Secondary Analysis for Qualitative Longitudinal Research. Visit the SA web pages for details of this strand of work, including our dedicated secondary analysis project, training events and materials, data sharing workshops, working papers and publications.

Timescapes Publications and Outputs

A complete list of Timescape publications and outputs for the five year project, including working papers, methods guides and policy briefing papers.

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