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ODISSEI online Lunch Lecture: 9 February 12:00 - 13:00

Residential- and mobility-based environmental exposures and depressive symptoms by Hannah Roberts, Utrecht University 

On Tuesday 9 February 2021 from 12-1 pm, the first ODISSEI Lunch Lecture will take place digitally. Dr. Hannah Roberts (UU) will discuss her recent research on associations between multiple environmental exposures and depressive symptoms in the Netherlands. For this research, Roberts has combined survey data with CBS microdata and GPS data.

We warmly invite you to attend this lecture, learn more about the geospatial possibilities of CBS microdata, and participate in the Q&A and discussion after the lecture.
Read the abstract

LISS Grant awarded to nine researchers

The results of the LISS Grant 2020 are in. Proposals from nine researchers at ODISSEI member organisations were awarded the grant. Via the grant, the researchers will get access to free panel time. The LISS panel, managed by CentERdata, gives researchers access to survey data from about 7,000 respondents from approximately 4,500 households. Another round of the LISS call will likely open in the fall of this year. 
View the awarded projects

Research: What does the first lockdown teach us about gender inequality?

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Mara Yerkes (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Utrecht University) received the ODISSEI LISS Corona grant in the spring of 2020 together with an interdisciplinary team of researchers from three Dutch universities. The grant gave Yerkes and her team free access to the LISS panel to examine gender inequality during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their research focused on the effect of the first COVID-19 lockdown in the spring of 2020 (including the closure of schools and childcare centres) on gender differences in paid work, the division of household and care responsibilities among Dutch parents,  and fathers’ and mothers’ wellbeing. 

The results show that the closing of schools and childcare in March and April had a significant impact on parents and gender inequality between fathers and mothers. For mothers, the lockdown meant a larger decrease in leisure time than for fathers, greater perceived work pressure, and taking on more household and care responsibilities. At the same time, a share of fathers started taking on more household and care responsibilities during the first lockdown. 

The team formulated the following initial policy recommendations:

  1. Create clear, national guidelines regarding the use of emergency childcare services. 
  2. Consult with social partners (employers and trade unions) to better support parents through leave arrangements.
  3. Fully remunerate birth leave at 100%
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Microdata Access Discount (MAD) continued

This year as well, researchers at an ODISSEI member organisation can apply for the Microdata Access Discount (MAD). The MAD offers researchers a discount up to 50% on the cost of a CBS microdata project. Since the start of the MAD in 2017 almost 200 projects have received a discount. Running projects don’t have to re-apply. The application for the MAD runs quarterly, read the full guidelines on the ODISSEI website. 
Read more about the MAD
Next to the discount, there will be another round of the Microdata Access Grant (MAG). The MAG allows researchers to execute a CBS microdata project free of charge. The MAG 2021 call is scheduled to open end of February. Keep an eye on the ODISSEI website for more information.

ODISSEI Social Data Science Team (SoDa) open for projects

With computational, statistical, and research engineering skills, the ODISSEI Social Data Science Team (SoDa) supports social scientists in their research projects free of charge. Researchers from ODISSEI member organisations can easily propose projects for which they could use this support. The team, currently consisting of Daniel Oberski and Erik-Jan van Kesteren from Utrecht University,  collaborates closely with the researcher in answering novel research questions and building skills and expertise.
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9 February 2021: ODISSEI Lunch lecture
'Residential- and mobility-based environmental exposures and depressive symptoms' - Hannah Roberts, Utrecht University
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22 April 2021, afternoon: Save the date: ODISSEI Workshop 'Integrating microdata with geospatial approaches' - Organised with Marco Helbich and Hannah Roberts, Utrecht University
Save the date for the first ODISSEI Workshop, more information to follow.

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