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

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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (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 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 Professor. 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

The time-geography session will be part of the broad “Symposium on Human Dynamics Research” at 2018 AAG meeting


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Young Jaegal*, Ohio State University, Harvey Miller, Ohio State University, Similarity Measure for Network Time Prisms based on Graph-theoretic Measures: An Experimental Analysis 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Anniki Puura*, University of Tartu, Activity-Travel Behaviour and Coupling Constraints – Study by Using Smartphone Tracking Data and Related Interviews 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Jingkai WANG*, , Evaluating Acoustic and Air polluted Impact of Real-time Traffic Condition on Urban Environment 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Malin Henriksson*, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Jessica Berg, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Does online food shopping contribute to reduced everyday travel? A time-geographical study of Swedish households. 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Malin Henriksson Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute 5 9:20 AM
Discussant Jingkai WANG 5 9:25 AM
Discussant Anniki Puura University of Tartu 5 9:30 AM
Discussant Young Jaegal Ohio State University 5 9:35 AM

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