We aim to advance the collection and application of rigorously collected population-representative samples of time use diary data, and to conduct research into a wide range of issues in the human and social sciences using this data.

CTUR has been an ESRC research centre since 2014. Our ESRC research centre designation (until 2024) involves a range of activities including:

  • collecting new UK national time diary studies 
  • developing and piloting advanced diary instruments using motion sensors
  • body cameras GPS alongside conventional paper and internet based diaries and apps, as well as
  • maintaining and extending the Multinational Time Use Study.

Key Publications

Current Projects

Completed Projects

Anticipation of work-life conflict in higher education by:

Susana Pasamar (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain)

Karen Johnston (University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Business School, Portsmouth, UK)

Jagriti Tanwar (Centre for Time-Use Research, IOE-University College, Bloomsbury, London)

Time use diary design for our times - an overview, presenting a Click-and-Drag Diary Instrument (CaDDI) for online application - Journal of Time Use Research by:

Oriel Sullivan, Jonathan Gershuny, Almudena Sevilla, Pierre Walthery, Marga Vega-Rapun

The Social Structure of Time: Emerging Trends and New Directions - Annual Review of Sociology by:

Benjamin Cornwell, Jonathan Gershuny, Oriel Sullivan

The social disorganization of eating: a neglected determinant of the Australian epidemic of overweight/obesity - BMC Public Health by:

Bittman M, Cleary E, Wilkinson-Bibicos C, Gershuny J

A short history of time use research: implications for public health - BMC Public Health by:

Bauman A, Bittman M, Gershuny J

Daily metabolic expenditures: estimates from US, UK and polish time-use data - BMS Public Health by:

Harms T, Berrigan D, Gershuny J

A validation study of the Eurostat harmonised European time use study (HETUS) diary using wearable technology - BMC Public Health by:

Harms T, Gershuny J, Doherty A, Thomas E, Milton K, Foster C

Testing Self-Report Time-Use Diaries against Objective Instruments in Real Time - Sociological Methodology by:

Gershuny, Jonathan, Teresa Harms, Aiden Doherty, Emma Thomas, Karen Milton, Paul Kelly, Charlie Foster

Publications by CTUR Members

Mother and Child


The effects of breastfeeding not just on children, but also on the mothers and employers.

CTUR Working Papers


Daily Life 2003-08

Exploring the international picture of change in time use