Symposium on New Horizons in Human Dynamics Research: Time Geography – A Way of Thinking II

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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Bayside C, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Kajsa Ellegård, Yang Xu
Chairs: Kajsa Ellegård


The time-geographic approach builds on a way of thinking that helps getting a coherent understanding of big issues of today’s society and it opens perspectives of interest for researchers in geography as well as in other disciplines. Time-geographic thinking grounds for understanding complexity of societal developments, it is a contextual approach which recognizes the indivisible individual as a fundamental starting point for analyses. Thereby it underlines the importance of combining qualitative (micro level) and quantitative (macro level) approaches.

In what ways are contexts (social, geographic, technological, emotional, environmental and other) included in current time-geographic research? How do the time-geographic constraints appear in various contexts for individuals in their socially relevant groupings and how do people maneuver in the contexts? How can technologies assist solving problems of couplings in time and space?

What are the current achievements and challenges in time-geographically inspired research? How does time-geography inspire spatiotemporal analysis and human dynamics research? How can time-geographic concepts assist in developing approaches concerning big urban and human datasets and bring context into such analyses? How can the potential of time-geography be better utilized for research on the vitally important environmental issues of today?

This time-geography session aims at bringing researchers together who employ the time-geographic thinking in their studies and teaching. How are the time-geographic concepts and notation system utilized to get a deeper understanding of how current developments might influence the future society?

The time-geography session organizers welcome papers with theoretical, methodological, conceptual and empirical orientations. Many empirical fields are of interest, among them health, urban and regional planning, mobility, communication, use of resources (like food, water, materials and energy), organization of work in industrial production and service organization, new trends in consumption, everyday life activity patterns, education, and activity patterns at aggregate level.

Please contact Professor Kajsa Ellegård ( and Dr. Yang Xu (
for further information about the time-geography session.

Professor Kajsa Ellegård, Linkoping University, Sweden
Professor Shih-Lung Shaw, University of Tennessee, USA
Professor Yang Xu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Åsa Westermark*, Jönköping University, Bodil Jansund, Gothenburg University, Time geography – a didactic perspective and tool for contextual learning about globalization, commodity chains and sustainability 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Wiktoria Glad*, , Vallastaden as a pocket of local order 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Kristin Winander*, Linkoping university, Sweden, Elin Wihlborg*, Linkoping university, The yoga mat as a pocket of local order 20 10:40 AM
Presenter XUE ZHANG*, Peking University, Kajsa Ellegård, Linköping University, Yanwei Chai, Peking University, Yan Zhang, Beijing Union University, Changing everyday life in the pockets of home and community from work-unit compound to market-oriented housing community in transitional urban China: A case study of Beijing 20 11:00 AM
Discussant XUE ZHANG Peking University 5 11:20 AM
Discussant Kristin Winander Linkoping university, Sweden 5 11:25 AM
Discussant Åsa Westermark Jönköping University 5 11:30 AM
Discussant Wiktoria Glad 5 11:35 AM

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