Project 105

Project Title:

Deprivation, Social Mobility and Population Health and Mortality in Northern Ireland 1981 –2011. A life-course analysis of associations and trajectories between and within cohorts.


Dr Stefanie Doebler and Dr Ian Shuttleworth


Queen's University Belfast



Project Summary:  

This project analyses associations between deprivation, occupational advancement (mobility), health and mental health over the human life course in Northern Ireland in the period from 1981 to 2011. The focus is on comparisons of pathways and long-term effects of material deprivation, employment deprivation and educational deprivation across and between age-cohorts and generations. The project will look at the occupational employment trajectories and health trajectories of young people as they grow older and of older people over their life-course. Comparisons of pathways within and between cohorts are highly likely to give invaluable insights into age- period- and cohort-effects, thus allowing for conclusions about deprivation effects within and between generations in Northern Ireland.

Secondly, this project analyses relationships between social, economic and residential deprivation and premature mortality and tries to tease out whether deprivation is related not only to ill health, but also to a higher risk of premature death and death due to disease and ill health.

Thirdly, this project analyses the effects of area-level deprivation (of Wards and Super-output Areas) and segregation on the health and mental health of individuals and on their occupational/employment history later in life. Geographical, socio-economic and historical-cultural contexts and their change through history are important factors influencing the socioeconomic (occupational and educational) and the health trajectories of individuals and therefore need to be taken into account.


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