Start date:
January 2009
Welsh Government


This project was a joint venture with the Institute of Education, Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural change (Manchester University). The main study, funded by ESRC, undertook 180 qualitative interviews with cohort members of the 1958 National Child Development Study. In the first stage of the project WISERD was funded by WG to undertake an additional 60 interviews with a Wales sample.

Interviews were completed during 2010. As part of the second stage of the project, WISERD researchers and colleagues from the Institute of Education undertook analysis of interviews, looking at the qualitative interview data in relation to the quantitative longitudinal data generated by the NCDS to date. There was also the possibility of looking at the data comparatively in relation to the other nations of the United Kingdom.

Research team
Amanda Coffey
Head of School of Social Sciences
Cardiff University
Huw Beynon
Emeritus Professor, WISERD Director 2008-2010
Cardiff University
Alexandra Plows
Bangor University
Gareth Rees
Research Professor, WISERD Director 2010 - 2013
Cardiff University
Gareth Williams
Laura Jones
Research Associate
Aberystwyth University

Themes: Civil Society