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.