Let’s Talk About Society
About the 'Let's talk about society' series
In the following 'Let's talk about society' articles, NatCen's Chief Executive Guy Goodwin talks about the big issues in UK society today. He looks at how the evidence can help us better understand and improve our society and makes the case for the importance of high-quality research.
The fall and rise of Britishness and Englishness
Following the creation of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, UK politicians were quick to warn of the threat of English nationalism to the existence of the Union. Jack Straw, the former Labour MP, went as far as describing the English as “potentially very aggressive, very violent … read on.
My Life, My Health
Last month, NHS Digital released “England’s changing health since the 1990s” which provides health data over 25 years on subjects from high blood pressure to alcohol consumption. I would encourage you to use the new data tool that we developed to support this project... read on.
A Nation with Attitude - What can policy makers learn from public attitudes? January 2017
As the nation’s MPs come back to Westminster in January, many may well be feeling in low spirits. In 2014, over 1.5 million Scots voted for Scottish independence; in the general election, more people voted UKIP than voted Liberal Democrat and Scottish Nationalist combined... read on.
Unknown Territory - Tourism after the Brexit Vote
During the summer holidays, we again packed our bags in large numbers to travel the world from Magaluf to Angkor Wat in search of sun, fun, relaxation and to feed our curiosity. UK residents made more visits abroad in the last twelve months than there are people here ... read on.
Society and People - what’s on the horizon?
In this, my first “Let’s Talk About Society” article, I do some future gazing. Horizon scanning is important because it can take time and resources to develop and implement successful policies and interventions that improve people’s lives ... read on.