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Introduction

Centres and surveys

Centres and surveys

We are home to three outstanding research centres: the ESRC UK Longitudinal Studies Centre, the ESRC Centre on Micro-social Change and EUROMOD. We have run the British Household Panel Survey since 1991 and more recently Understanding Society, both world-class resources for social researchers around the globe.

Welcome to the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER). Find out more about our postgraduate study opportunities, the surveys we design and run including Understanding Society - a study of 100,000 people in 40,000 UK households, and our exciting programme of interdisciplinary research.

Our research at ISER makes a major contribution to the University of Essex’s top research ranking and our work helps make Essex the top destination in the UK for social science. We also work closely with leading academics from around the world as well as Government departments, private companies and third sector organisations.

Why we are special

  • Top-flight academics
  • Research excellence
  • Survey expertise
  • Fully funded study
  • Interdisciplinary

News and events

news and events

Keep up to date with our news, latest study and funding opportunities. You can also download any of our working papers and published research free of charge.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study

Study for a Masters or a PhD with teaching and supervision from our team of world class researchers . ISER is part of the University of Essex Doctoral Training Centre which provides fully-funded study programmes.

Understanding Society

Understanding Society

Understanding Society is a household survey of 40,000 UK households. This fantastic social science resource interviews 100,000 people annually and is designed and run by our world-class team of survey experts at ISER.