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Talking Research Episode 2

The second in a series of podcasts entitled Talking Research, looking at various research methods. These podcasts are produced by WISERD and the Open University.  

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Change in alcohol outlet density and alcohol-related harm to population health (CHALICE): a comprehensive record-linked database study in Wales

Excess alcohol consumption has serious adverse effects on health and results in violence-related harm. This study investigated the impact of change in community alcohol availability on alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms to health, assessing the effect of population migration and small-area deprivation. This complex interdisciplinary study found that important alcohol-related harms were associated with change…

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Using routinely collected administrative data in public health research: geocoding alcohol outlet data

We describe our process of geocoding alcohol outlets to create a national longitudinal exposure dataset for Wales, United Kingdom from 2006 to 2011. We investigated variation in the availability of data items and the quality of alcohol outlet addresses held within unitary authorities. We used a standard geocoding method augmented with a manual matching procedure…

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Book Review: Quantitative Methods and Socio-Economic Applications in GIS

Introduction Having reviewed the first edition of this book for another journal (Higgs 2008), I was particularly interested in how some of the original materials had been updated in this edition to reflect new approaches and developments in GIS that have come to the fore in the interim period. The addition of the term “Socio-economic”…

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WISERD Data Portal Webinar

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 2015 we demonstrated the new version of the WISERD Data Portal (WDP) with the participation of an exemplar Civil Society organisation, focussing on how the Portal could be used by third sector organisations for Civil Society research. The WDP is an online data search, discovery and…

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Which food and fitness interventions targeting children and young people will help address health inequalities?

Obesity during childhood and youth has reached epidemic proportions (WHO, 2000). Inaddition to the long-term health risks, obesity during childhood and youth is associated withmultiple adolescent health problems ranging from type-2 diabetes to depression (Lobsteinand Jackson, 2007). Being overweight during youth is also associated with a range ofadverse psychosocial outcomes including lower self-esteem (Griffiths et…

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Overview of the Widening Access Database

The quantitative strand of the project will use a linked database of school and student records that has already been prepared by the Welsh Government. This database (subsequently referred to as the Widening Access Database) is based upon four linked administrative data-sets: the National Pupil Database (NPD) for Wales (including Pupil Level Annual Schools Census…