Welcome to CTUR

The ESRC Centre for Time Use Research is a world-leading, multidisciplinary research group based at the UCL Institute of Education in University College London (UCL). Our team of researchers – which includes sociologists, economists, and demographers – work with Time Use Data to investigate issues in areas including social life, work-life balance, family, gender, and economics.

The centre is also home to the Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS) which brings together more than a million and a half diary days from over 90 randomly sampled national-scale surveys, into a single standardised format. MTUS allows researchers to analyse time spent by different sorts of people in various sorts of work and leisure activities, over the last 55 years and across 30 countries. CTUR is also funded by the US National Institutes of Health, and by an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.


Time use diaries and the COVID-19 crisis including link to new preprint: ‘A new perspective from time use research on the effects of lockdown on COVID-19 behavioral infection risk’, in SocArXiv, and a new publication: ‘Time use diary design for our times - an overview, presenting a ‘drag-and-drop’ diary instrument for online application’, in Journal of Time Use Research

A New Perspective from Time Use Research on the Effects of Lockdown on COVID-19 Behavioral Infection Risk

Using wearable technology to analyse daily travel behaviour written by Teresa Harms (UCL) Cate Pattison and Doina Olaru (UWA)

Briefing Notes on Almudena Sevilla’s involvement with the Institute for Fiscal Studies survey on current Covid-related behaviour and policy issues. Link to piece on this in The Economist (paywall):

A progress report on the Active Travel project (an extension of CAPTURE24) led for CTUR by Teresa Harms, collaborating with Doina Olaru of the University of Western Australia Business School and part-funded by the Heart Foundation of Western Australia and the Western Australian Department of Transport.

CTUR research mentioned in Financial Times on 23rd April 2020.

Prof Oriel Sullivan participated in the BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed podcast on Time.

Prof Oriel Sullivan contributed on Freakonomics episode on 'Can Britain Get its 'Great' Back. She talks about time use data including how busy people feel they are and the value of unpaid work.

An article in the New York Times Week In Review features a CTUR graph on international trends in women's and men's domestic work and care produced by J Gershuny and Oriel Sullivan as its first graphic.

'What We Really Do All Day' book by CTUR team and colleagues launched on Thursday 27th June 2019.

Read the review on The Guardian
Access the article on The Times

Relocation to UCL

The Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR) team has relocated to University College London (UCL)