Investigators: Dr Ben Anderson, Dr Patrick James & Prof. ‘Bakr Bahaj
The possible demise of the decennial UK Census presents social, policy and commercial researchers with both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to transform ‘census-taking’ by finding robust alternative methods for creating small area socio-economic indicators over time. The opportunity is to transform the very nature of the socio-economic indicators themselves using new analytic methods applied to new geo-coded datasets and to radically accelerate the temporal cycle from decennial to annual or sub-annual production. If we are no longer to be restricted to what can be asked in a Census, what kinds of social indicators might we want or be able to produce and when?
- An energy consumption monitoring dataset held by the University of Southampton which derives from c 300 households from two case study areas in the Solent region where the Sustainable Energy Research Group is conducting ongoing trials of a range of ‘energy efficiency’ interventions as part of the ESRC/EPSRC funded ‘The Role of Community- Based Initiatives in Energy Saving’ (Energy Communities) project. Overall energy consumption data is collected every second and can be linked to repeated six-monthly survey data on household occupancy and other variables.
- A similar dataset collected by the University of Loughborough and archived by the UK Data Service for future research use which links consumption at one minute intervals to a baseline household occupancy and appliance ownership survey. This dataset derives from 22 dwellings observed over two years (2008-2009) and due to it’s small size is likely to be of value only for exploratory or experimental analysis.