Symposium on Human Dynamics Research in the Age of Smart/Intelligent Systems: Time-Geography - understanding the digital society II

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Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (MDT)
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
Organizers: Kajsa Ellegård, Åsa Westermark
Chairs: Kajsa Ellegård


Time-Geography - understanding the digital society

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 the complexity of societal developments, such as digitalization. Its contextual approach recognizes the indivisible individual as a fundamental starting point for analyses and it underlines the importance of combining qualitative (micro level) and quantitative (macro level) approaches.

The session will focus on current developments in time-geographic research. How are time-geographic concepts and methods used when investigating consequences of digital technologies intruding into people’s daily life? What new kinds of couplings in the time-space appear from digitalization? How do the new digital infrastructures influence urban and regional planning and thereby peoples’ daily life? How do people adjust to the embracing digitalization? How is the time-geographic approach developed and utilized for studying environmental issues and climate change in the digital society?

What are the current achievements and challenges in time-geographically inspired research? How does time-geography inspire spatiotemporal analysis and human dynamics research? What time-geographic concepts assist in developing approaches bring contextual 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 research and teaching. How are the time-geographic concepts and notation system utilized to get a deeper understanding of how current societal 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 Åsa Westermark ( for further information about the time-geography session.

Professor Kajsa Ellegård, Linköping University, Sweden,
Dr Åsa Westermark, Jönköping University, Sweden,


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Åsa Westermark*, Jönköping University, Time-geography, socio-environmental relationships, and Education for Sustainable Development, ESD 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Gunnel Andersson*, FoU Sodertorn/Stockholm university, Anne Denhov, Stockholm University, Alain Topor, Stockholm University, Per Bülow, Jönköping University, Kajsa Ellegård, Linköping University, Katerina Vrotsou, Linköping University, CG Stefansson, Stockholm Universit, A ten-year follow-up of persons first time diagnosed with psychosis. Trajectories in a time-geographic framework. 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Mattias Hellgren*, Linköpings University, Pockets and places 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Alice Melchior*, HCU Hamburg, Benjamin Schiemer, JKU Linz, Gernot Grabher, HCU Hamburg, Hägerstrand online: A methodical template for the analysis of space-time trajectories in collaborations 20 10:55 AM
Presenter Michael Widener*, University of Toronto, The impact of time use on dietary behaviours: preliminary results from the FASTT Study 20 11:15 AM

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