Completed research

    Towards a New Science of Everyday Life

    Time is experienced as a continuous stream of sensations, but may be recalled as a sequence of discrete events whose starts and ends are associated with clock times. The durations of events can subsequently be calculated from these recalled sequences (these calculations are only rarely made by the actors themselves—implying that we are normally unaware of our own totals of elapsed time devoted to our own activities). Time diaries are continuous logs of event sequences, usually constructed retrospectively, for randomly selected prescribed periods, usually of a single day. The CTUR uses a large collection of these diaries, from more than 25 countries, and covering the early 1960s to the present, to develop new sorts of socio-economic theory, combining time and money indicators (wage rates), as well as longitudinal evidence from panel and cohort studies. It draws on a broader base of empirical evidence than is usual in studies of social change, to provide new answers to pressing questions about the evolution of the work/leisure and paid/unpaid work balances, the implications of these for health and wellbeing, and how they vary by country, age, gender and possession of material resources. Our aim is to arrive at a well-coordinated scientific approach to the understanding of time allocation, founded on the very best historical and cross-national comparative evidence, which starts at the micro-sequential level of individuals’ everyday life and builds progressively to a macro understanding of social change. We seek innovative models of the determinants of the balances among the various sorts of work and leisure, based on observations of how representative samples of people spend their time. Primary time use research is an intrinsic part of our overall time-use programme.

    Collecting New Time Use Resources Social Change and Everyday Life

    We had a number of separately funded projects, including: Comparing Annotated Pictures with Time-Use Diaries' RNFTUR Work Programme.pdfeport of Events over 24-Hours (CAPTURE-24)

    Other completed projects:

  • Developing the Centre for Time Use Research - This grant funded core CTUR data, methodological and substantive activities for 5 years and 6 months (grant RES-060-25-0037)
  • Time Allocation Among Couples - This project developed a data set paired time diaries from both partners in couples from the United Kingdom, and analysed how couples interacted and allocated household tasks.
  • Breastfeeding and Time Use - This project examined the effects of breastfeeding not just on children, but also on mothers and employers.
  • Daily Life and Social Change was a wide-ranging project, funded by the ESRC, that pursued a large number substantive and methodological research topics (grant numbers RES-000-23-TO704 and RES-000-23-TO704-A).