Developing the Centre for Time Use Research

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Sociology

Abstract

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Description Gershuny has developed a means of calibrating survey questions on activity frequency with time use diary data in order to arrive at better long-term estimates of activity participation and duration. Two papers were published during the reporting period, in the Annals of Economics and Statistics and Social Indicators Research.

The CTUR team continue to contribute to research on the measurement of wellbeing using information from the enjoyment of activities collected in time use diaries. One paper has been published by Gershuny in the European Sociological Review, and a further two are in progress. Our expertise was recognized by the invitation to Kan to act as advisor to the OECD (see under Knowledge Exchange below) in the construction of their measure of wellbeing.
Scientific impact

CTUR is involved (jointly with the University of Maryland) in an improved means of dissemination and user interface design for MTUS, known as MTUS-X, funded by the US National Institutes of Health . This is designed to parallel the equivalent ATUS-X and should significantly improve our utilization profile by enabling researchers to specify their own tables without downloading the data.

Important connections have been established in the area of health research; CTUR researchers have made several presentations in this area over the reporting period, including developing links with a health research consortium at Oxford with the intention of submitting a joint bid for funding. David Berrigan from the US NIH visited CTUR for a month during the summer of 2012 in order to work on developing new funding opportunities using time diary data for the study of exercise and obesity, and we have also collaborated with Mohammad Sepahvand at the University of Uppsala and Roujman Shahbazian at Institutet för Social Forskning (SOFI), Stockholms Universitet, Sweden, on the environmental impact of daily activities measured by time diaries.
Exploitation Route The CTUR leads the world in the provision of cross-national time use materials and information. Our users have doubled in number since last year to approximately 2000 - from more than 50 countries. The Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS), constructed by the CTUR from nearly 80 nationally representative sample surveys in more than 20 countries, covers the period from the early 1960s to 2012. Two-thirds of a million comparable diary days of time use data are available for download from our website www.timeuse.org, which also provides extensive resources for the time-use research community, including access to both the MTUS and the AHTUS (American Heritage Time Use Study).
Sectors Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description 1. Gershuny and Sullivan worked together with Independence Educational Publishers Ltd. to contribute material on men and women's housework and child care for an edition of Issues Today (designed for Key Stage 3 school students), entitled 'Challenging Gender Roles'. The Issues Today series is popular with both librarians and teachers, and our research is prominently featured. 2. Gershuny was invited to present our GPS/GSM project at the annual meeting of Trajectory Partnership (a commercial company set up to develop connections between academic research and business) for their private sector clients and other interested private sector companies. Over 100 business representatives attended, and feedback was very positive, leading to a further invitation to speak at a forthcoming meeting.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Advanced Grant
Amount £1,921,488 (GBP)
Funding ID SCaEL 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2014 
End 03/2019
 
Description BA Fellowship
Amount £239,155 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2013 
End 10/2016
 
Description Bird's Eye Consultancy
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation Bird's Eye 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description NIH Grant
Amount £144,892 (GBP)
Organisation National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 09/2012 
 
Description ONS Consultancy
Amount £8,000 (GBP)
Organisation Office for National Statistics 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Trajectory Partnership
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation Trajectory Partnership 
Sector Private
Country Unknown
Start  
 
Title Multinational Time Use Study 
Description Professor Jonathan Gershuny first developed the Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS) in the mid 1970s. While working at the University of Bath with Sally Jones, Professor Gershuny developed a single dataset with common series of background variables and total time spent per day in 41 activities. The original MTUS allowed comparison of British time use data with the 1965 Szalai Multinational Time Budget Study and data from Canada and Denmark. The MTUS since has grown to offer harmonised episode and context information and to encompass over 60 datasets from 25 countries, including recent data from the HETUS, ATUS, and other national level time use projects. Professor Gershuny and Dr Kimberly Fisher presently manage the study in collaboration with other time use scholars. At present we are undertaking a wholesale upgrade of the MTUS. This includes removing some less used variables, adding new variables, new surveys, and upgrading the documentation. These changes will include the introduction of survey metadata variables alongside the time diary variables. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Over 200 academic papers citing the MTUS data. 
URL http://timeuse-cms.versantus.co.uk/mtus/access
 
Description AHTUS-X 
Organisation University of Maryland
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution HTUS-X data extract builder is a collaborative project between the Maryland Population Research Center, the Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR) at the University of Oxford and the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) dedicated to making it easy for researchers to use data from the American Heritage Time Use Study. CTUR is responsible for harmonization of the different surveys included in the project.
Collaborator Contribution The MPC is responsible for delivering these data through this web-based data dissemination system.
Impact AHTUS-X website developed and launched.
Start Year 2015
 
Description AHTUS-X 
Organisation University of Minnesota
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution HTUS-X data extract builder is a collaborative project between the Maryland Population Research Center, the Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR) at the University of Oxford and the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) dedicated to making it easy for researchers to use data from the American Heritage Time Use Study. CTUR is responsible for harmonization of the different surveys included in the project.
Collaborator Contribution The MPC is responsible for delivering these data through this web-based data dissemination system.
Impact AHTUS-X website developed and launched.
Start Year 2015
 
Description European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Consultancy 
Organisation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Country Unknown 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Consultancy advice on Kyrgistan time use survey
Collaborator Contribution Financial contribution
Impact Consultancy
Start Year 2015