Symposium on New Horizons in Human Dynamic Reserach: Time-Geography – a way of thinking III

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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Bayside C, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Kajsa Ellegård
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 problems in time-geographically inspired research? How does time-geography inspire spatiotemporal analysis and human dynamic 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?

The 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 Professor Shih-Lung Shaw Dr Yang Xu


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Tomas Germundsson*, Lund University, Time geography and landscape research – existing relations and future possibilities 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Brendan Hoover*, University of Texas, Jennifer Miller, University of Texas, Mapping Animal Interactions 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Kristina Trygg*, Linköping University, Local initiative for regional development 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Kajsa Ellegård*, Linköping University, Time-geography: linking long and short time-perspectives 20 2:20 PM
Discussant Kristina Trygg Linköping University 5 2:40 PM
Discussant Brendan Hoover 5 2:45 PM
Discussant Kajsa Ellegård Linköping University 5 2:50 PM
Discussant Tomas Germundsson Lund University 5 2:55 PM

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