• Home
  • » Research programme
  • » Generations and gender survey
  • Over the past decades, family life in the UK has rapidly changed.  Marriage has declined, separation and divorce has increased, and cohabitation and childbearing while living together has risen. At the same time, economic and political uncertainty has increased, impacting employment stability and social mobility. The cost of living crisis, Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic has placed an unprecedented strain on families by limiting economic resources, reorganising how families care for their children, and disrupting activities outside the home. Young adults have been particularly hard hit, facing unemployment, difficulties with housing, and economic precarity.

    Over the past 20 years, the Gender and Generations Programme has collected family and fertility data in 25 countries in Europe and beyond. Now, for the first time, the GGS is being conducted in the UK, allowing us to be part of cross-national comparisons. 


    Existing UK data sources are insufficient for investigation of unmarried partnerships, living-apart-together relationships, and informally separated couples, particularly those with children. This survey will help us better understand how young and mid-life adults in the UK are forming partnerships and families, and coping with recent economic, social, and political uncertainty.

    This research is co-ordinated by Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris.

    Current Projects

    Perelli-Harris BBerrington A