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.

IPUMS announces the release of the 2020 ATUS data

IPUMS ATUS is excited to announce the release of the 2020 ATUS data. The COVID-19 pandemic upended many aspects of our lives, including how we spend our time. ATUS data uniquely adept for measuring changes in time use during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020; these data are nationally representative, utilize data collection and measurement approaches that are vetted, and offer a comparable pre-pandemic comparison.

On-site and online participation 43rd IATUR conference

The 43rd IATUR conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain on 27-29 October 2021. Rgistration is open and the Early Bird Registration deadline has been extended till 15 July 2021. Click here to register for on-site participation.

It is now also possible to follow part of the conference online or wacht delayed for a fixed fee of 80 euro (or 50 euro if eligible for a reduction). This fee includes the possibility to stream two main sessions and six break-out session live and receive a video link of these sessions to watch delayed. It is not possible to present online or to interact online with the presenters of the sessions that are being streamed. It is possible to convert your on-site participation to online participation until 26 September 2021. To do so, please contact the local organisers. Any administrative costs related to partial refunds are passed on to the registered. Click here to register for online participation.

More info can be found on the conference website.

IATUR membership

If you have registered on the IATUR website you are able to become a member of IATUR vzw by clicking on this link. Your membership dues facilitate the information distribution in which IATUR engages, provision of financial support to some participants at conferences, IATUR publications, including the  new JTUR, and maintaining the connected network at the heart of the time use data collection and research community. You are also able to regsiter for IATUR vzw conferences and other IATUR vzw events at lower rates. 

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.

Note that IATUR now offers a discounted annual membership renewal rate to people who keep their membership dues current over consecutive years. You will be automatically invited to renew you membership at this discounted rate next year.

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Call for abstracts for the 43rd IATUR Conference

Extended deadline: 18/06/2021

The call for abstracts for the 43rd International Time Use Research Conference taking place at Barcelona, Spain on 27 - 29 October 2021 is open. Click here to submit your abstract.

The 2021 IATUR conference will invite abstracts for papers that deal with any aspect of time-use research, including but not limited to:

  • COVID-19 impact on time use;
  • Relationship between time use policies and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda. Special emphasis will be put on how they can impact/support the energy transition;
  • Time use policies at local level (as an example, chrono-urbanism, evaluation of local time use policies, etc.);
  • Gender and intersectional inequalities on time use;
  • Working time use, including labour organisation, labour relations policies, health, and work safety impacts, telework, productivity impacts or how to approach changes brought by the 4.0. Industry and digitisation, among others;
  • Time use on the education field. The perception of time by children, teachers, and families;
  • Time use on public services, both internally and towards the citizens;
  • Time use surveys design and implementation;
  • Time use research methodology for designing and/or evaluating public policies;
  • Time use research methodologies;
  • Others.

The early deadline for submitting abstracts is 12 March 2021; submitters who meet this deadline will receive a notification of acceptance/rejection by 2 April 2021 and are guaranteed their choice of oral presentation or poster sessions.

The final deadline for submitting abstracts for guaranteed consideration of oral and poster presentations is 14 May 2021; submitters who meet this deadline will receive a notification of acceptance/rejection by 4 June 2021.

Where possible, we will try to include papers in the oral presentation sessions if authors so wish, but we make no guarantee for placement of abstracts submitted after the early deadline. All abstracts undergo a formal peer-review evaluation by the local scientific committee.

You can find more information about the conference here.

If you have any doubts on that regard, please contact the local organisers.

It's about Time - New IATUR newsletter 2020.4

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It's about Time - New IATUR newsletter 2020.3

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7th Time Use Week Online Event - Registration Open

The 7th Time Use Week will take place from 23 to 27 November 2020 in Barcelona. Over 20 international time-use experts and a hundred Catalan municipalities and companies will participate in this year's edition. The event will take place online.

The Time Use Week 2020 aims at connecting public institutions, organisations, civil society and time-use research to move forward together towards a better time use, to share experiences and knowledge between different disciplines working around time use, and to have an impact on the international media and political agendas and the discourse of time policies.
You can now register for the Time Use Week 2020 by filling out this form. The preliminary program can be found here.

It's about Time - New IATUR newsletter 2020.2

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NEW Update on 42nd IATUR conference

After a long deliberation, the organization committee has decided to cancel the 42nd IATUR conference for this year. I would like to thank Takeshi Mizunoya and the other members of the organization committee and the Statistical Bureau of Japan for all their efforts and commitment in preparing the conference. Let us hope that their efforts were not for nothing and that they can pick up where they left off, who knows for the IATUR conference in 2022?

Ignace GLORIEUX (IATUR President)

It's about Time - New IATUR newsletter 2020.1

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General assembly approves new executive board and council members

The general assembly held at the 41st IATUR conference in Washington D.C. approved the new executive board and council members for a four-year term.

Executive board

  • President: Ignace Glorieux - Belgium
  • Vice president: Liana Sayer - The USA
  • Vice president: Ki-Soo Eun - Korea
  • Treasurer: Joeri Minnen - Belgium
  • Co-Treasurer: Theun Pieter van Tienoven - Australia
  • Secretary: Jorge Rosales - Chili
  • Co-secretary: Johanna Giczi - Hungary

Council members

  • Europe: Johanna Giczi - Hungary
  • Northeast Asia: Takeshi Minuzoya - Japan
  • South Asia and Middle East: Indira Hirway - India
  • Oceania: Lyn Craig - Australia
  • Africa: Eileen Phosoko Dihlolelo (icw Rabelani Shandukani) - South Africa
  • North America: Ugo Lachapelle - Canada

Sandra Hofferth interviews Daniel Hamermesh on his new book

Sandra Hofferth of the Maryland Population Centre interviews Daniel Hamermesh on his new book "Spending Time: The Most Valuable Resource". Click here to view the full interview.


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.

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 40th IATUR 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.