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Institute of

LV Rural Studies

Dr. Gundi Knies

Gundi Knies

Institute of Rural Studies

Bundesallee 64
38116 Braunschweig
+49 531 596 5217
+49 531 596 5599


Work and research focus

  • Neighbourhood effects
  • Subjective wellbeing, life satisfaction and happiness
  • Poverty and income distribution
  • Social inequality and stratification
  • Empirical research methods, esp. household panel studies and record linkage
  • Software development of frontends for data management


Additional informations


  • since 05/2021

Senior Research Fellow, Thünen Institute of Rural Studies

  • 10/2013-05/2021

Research Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex/UK

  • 07/2007-09/2013

Senior Research Officer, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex/UK

  • 03/2007-06/2007

Research Fellow, German Socio-economic Panel (SOEP), DIW Berlin and Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO), University of Bristol/UK

  • 06/2002-09/2002

Research Assistant, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics and Political Sciences/UK

  • 12/2000-12/2003

Research Assistant, German Socio-economic Panel (SOEP), DIW Berlin

Academic Qualifications

  • 01/2004-06/2007    

PhD in Economics, University of Bristol/UK

  • 09/2001-06/2002   

M.Sc. in Social Policy and Planning, London School of Economics and Political Sciences/UK

  • 10/1998-09/2001 and 07/2002-12/2003

BA/MSc equivalent in Sociology, Free University of Berlin (BA equivalent 09/2001)

Research projects (pre 05/2021)

  • 04/2021-03/2025

COhort cOmmunity Research and Development Infrastructure Network for Access Throughout Europe (COORDINATE), incl. Eurocohort Pilot. ERC H2020. Principal Investigator (PI)-Essex (PI: Prof Gary Pollock). €4,9m.

  • 07/2019-12/2021

Evaluation – Local Delivery Pilot for Sport England. Essex County Council/ Sport England. Consultant for Survey Methods and Quantitative Analysis (Principal Investigator, PI: Dr. Valerie Gladwell). £687k.

  • 01/2018-06/2021

Investigating People-Place Effects in the UK using Linked Longitudinal Survey and Administrative Data. Nuffield Foundation. Principal Investigator (PI). £188k.

  • 01/2018-12/2019

European Cohort Development Programme. EU Horizon 2020. Named researcher (PI Essex: Prof Peter Lynn). €2m.

  • 10/2019-09/2022

Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study. ESRC. Named researcher and Topic Champion for Neighbourhoods (since 2017) (PI: Prof Michaela Benzeval). £50m.

  • 04/2013-09/2014

Understanding Non-response on Understanding Society. NCRM Methodological Innovation Project. Co-investigator (Co-I). £140k.

  • 11/2012-04/2014

Life Transitions and Transport Behaviour, ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative Co-investigator (Co-I). £153k.

Miscellaneous projects
As well as realisation of own research projects through contributions to (in italics: calendar year(s) of involvement; in chronological order) “Understanding Society“, “UK Longitudinal Studies Centre“, and “Creating bio-social survey within Understanding Society“ (ESRC, 2007-2015); “Migrant Diversity and Regional Disparity in Europe“(NORFACE, 2012-2013); “Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER), WP7: Health Data Linkage“(ESRC, 2013-2015); “Centre for Micro-Social Change“(ESRC, 2015-2017)

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Twitter: @GundiKnies

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