Welcome to IATUR

The International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR vzw) facilitates exchange of ideas, methodology, and data collection techniques among researchers and compilers of official statistics regarding daily activity patterns and changes in people's behaviour over time.

John Robinson: born 23 September 1935, died 22 March 2019.

With more than a dozen books, the majority on aspects of time use, but also on issues as diverse as cultural consumption, the public understanding of television news, and the measurement of psychological attitudes, he wrote more than 200 articles and chapters, achieving more than 30,000 citations and an H-score of 67.  He won in excess of $5M in research funding, and headed Survey Research Centres at both Cleveland State University and the University of Maryland.

His 1957 Bachelors degree in Actuarial Science and Statistics from a Catholic college of the University of Toronto, was followed by Masters degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and then the University of Michigan, which awarded him a PhD in 1965 in Mathematical Psychology and Social Psychology.  His chief doctoral supervisor was Philip Converse – with whom he wrote a distinguished (1974) book chapter setting out the pre-history of empirical studies of time use in the US.

His initial importance to the time use research community, dating from the previous decade, was his technical virtuosity.  He it was who wrote the computer code that analysed the very first cross-national study of time use, led by Alexander Szalai and funded by UNESCO, collected in 12 countries, and by some way the largest of the earliest generation of cross-national social surveys.  He also contributed (again with Converse) a highly innovative chapter work to Szalai’s 1972 Use of Time book.  This, based on his doctoral work, formulated a new distance-measure for comparing national time-use patterns, and, with almost an excess of statistical exuberance, deployed Smallest-Space Analysis to deduce a 2-dimensional representation of the similarity of daily life among the 12 countries, that resembled a Mercator projection of the world!

I was introduced to John in 1977, by the Head of Audience Research at the BBC, who described him even then as the world-leading expert on time budget research. We collaborated through the decades, ending with what may be John’s last article, in the Journal of Family Theory and Review in 2018—giving him an overall historical range of 51 years from his first publication in 1967. His books on American’s use of time, spanning 1976 to 2007, have been particularly influential.

He had a talent for friendship with both academic colleagues—as demonstrated by the more than 100 co-authors of his books and articles—and also with other, non-academic, aficionados of fine food and drink.  And when two or more of his friends meet, their conversations invariably turn to adventures led by John, discovering, at the end of (often lengthy) treks across cities around the world, extraordinary bars and restaurants and live music venues.

He is survived by his son Stephen and grandchildren Julia and Bodhi.  His daughter Jennifer (mother of Julia) predeceased him. He was divorced from Nancy in 1990,

On behalf of IATUR, J Gershuny.

Registration is now open

Registration for the 41st International Association for Time Use Research Conference is now open. Click here to register.

41st IATUR Conference: Call for papers

The International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR) is pleased to announce the 41st IATUR conference at the American University in Washington DC, USA. The main conference takes place from 10-12 July 2019 and will be hosted by the School of Public Affairs of the American University together with the Population Research Center of the University of Maryland. A tour sets of at 10 July to see the monuments at night and at 13 July to Mount Vernon.

Communicating Time Use Research to the Public

This year's theme is Communicating Time Use Research to the Public. Even the highest quality academic research often sits behind journal paywalls and impenetrable professional jargon. This is a shame, particularly when it comes to interdisciplinary time-use research, which has the potential to inform policy debates, public perceptions, and professions, sectors, and academic disciplines outside the mainstream time-use community. The 2019 IATUR conference theme is about conducting and communicating research to policy makers and the broader public.
This year's IATUR conferences invites abstracts for papers that deal with any aspect of time-use research, including but not limited to:

  • communicating time-use research findings to the public
  • history of time-use surveys
  • collection methods of time use surveys
  • big data and machine learning applications to time-use data
  • empirical analyses of time-use data
  • using time-use data to inform and evaluate social policy
  • well-being and time-use
  • societal trends in time-use
  • visualization of time-use data and research findings
  • time-use research methodology (quantitative methods, modeling, analytical approaches)
  • or any other paper related to time-use research [other]

Click here to submit your abstract.

Presentations of 40th IATUR conference available for download

All presentations of the 40th IATUR conference that were handed over to the conference organisors are now available for download. Please visit the conference session page and click on the session title to view and download the slides in PDF.

New online first articles JTUR

The new Journal for Time Use Research has publised its first articles online. Visit Journal of Time Use Research (JTUR) to find out more.

New logo

At the general assembly of the 40thIATUR conference all members voted in favour of a new logo for IATUR. The logo signifies time and rhythm, continuity and change, and harmony and contrast, all of which are at the core of time-use research with which the IATUR research community engages. Gradually the IATUR website and all other references to IATUR will adopt the new logo and new colour scheme.

Journal of Time Use Research

Behind the scenes a number of dedicated people have been working hard to make a restart of the electronic International Journal for Time Use Research (eIJTUR). This restart involved a name change to Journal of Time Use Research (JTUR) and a reformulation of the journal’s aim and scope. JTUR is a double-blind refereed journal, it is published by IATUR vzw and has open access policy. New publications will appear online immediately. Publications from the previous eIJTUR journal are freely available in the archive JTUR. An online submission system will be available soon, but manuscripts can be submitted already by emailing to editor@iatur.net. Submission guidelines can be found on the website. Currently, JTUR is looking for people to join the editorial board. If interested, please contact us at editor@iatur.net.

Interactive visualisation of time-use

In anticipation of the 40thIATUR conference the Hungarian Statistical Office joined hands with EUROSTAT to create an interactive visualisation of time-use. Compare any two of the 17 countries included and see how people allocate their time over a number of categories during the day. The visualisation is available through this link.

IATUR membership

IATUR offers a reduced membership and conference fee for students, people who have retired from employment, and people based in a low income economies. To see the criteria for eligibility for these reductions, select this option in your Profile under the Billing tab. If you meet these criteria, please upload evidence of your eligibility. You will be notified by e-mail if your request for this reduction is approved. This reduction only applies after you receive this confirmation e-mail. Please do not pay for your membership and/or conference fee before you have received this e-mail. We normally take up to 3 working days to process requests. In August, requests may take longer to process.

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