School of Sociology and Social Policy

Timescapes: An ESRC Qualitative Longitudinal Initiative

Research projects

Timescapes explored relationships that span the life course through seven empirical projects.

These projects tracked individuals and family groups over time to document changes and continuities in their relationships and identities.

We explored how such changes were 'worked out' in different socio-economic, historical and cultural contexts.

Timescapes projects gathered a wealth of information about micro level social experience, and built pictures of context through exploring family and intimate relationships, friendships, localities and patterns of interaction and subjective experiences over biographical time.

Collectively, the projects included 318 people from all walks of life, living in varied communities across the UK.

Longitudinal design

All of the projects had a longitudinal design with the potential for long term follow up. By bringing the projects together to create a unified study and dataset, we developed an innovative approach to the scaling up of qualitative research.

Timescapes Projects

Secondary Analysis Project

The secondary analysis project addressed substantive and conceptual questions around social change, and provided insights into some important domains of social life in the early part of the 21st century.

Archiving Project 

The Inventing Adulthoods study produced unique longitudinal data about the lives of young people living in five locations in the UK.

Timescapes Policy Briefing Papers

Timescapes has produced a number of Policy Briefing papers that were launched at the Timescapes Conference in June 2011.

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