Researcher Development Initiative (RDI), 2005 - 2010

Longitudinal Data Analysis for Social Science Researchers

01/10/05 - 30/09/08

This was a collaborative project between the Universities of Stirling, St Andrews and Strathclyde. The project delivered a one day introductory seminar and a five day workshop seminar each year for three years, and also further developed existing on-line training resources. The introductory seminar was designed for social researchers and post-graduate students who were new to the area of longitudinal data, and whose interests were substantive rather than methodological. The workshop seminar focused on longitudinal data analysis using large scale secondary surveys, developing researchers’ basic skills and competence with longitudinal data. Participants were introduced to different sources of longitudinal data and various approaches to their analysis. The British Household Panel Survey and other social science based examples of data were employed throughout the workshop.


The on-line provision concentrated on the continued enhancement and support of a depository of learning materials developed under the ESRC Research Methods Programme Phase II. The materials are principally pedagogical, including slides, texts, presentations, annotated reading lists and software and data analysis examples. See the website: A small 'Researcher Link Scheme' associated with the Stirling hub of this project provided, where necessary, financial support for researchers to allow them to make residential visits to Stirling to work with project members on their data requirements.


Principal Investigator: Professor Vernon Gayle, University of Stirling
Co-Investigators: Professor David Bell, University of Stirling,

Simon Booth, University of Stirling,
Professor Paul Boyle, University of St Andrews,

Professor Jochen Clasen, University of Edingburgh,

Professor John Field, University of Stirling,

Professor Robin Flowerdew, University of St Andrews,
Dr Paul Lambert, University of Stirling,

Professor Robert Wright, University of Strathclyde

Contact Details

Professor Vernon Gayle, University of Stirling

Tel: 01786 467708