Developing the Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR)
Start date: 1 October 2008
End date: 31 March 2014
The aims of the Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR), are to enhance time use research resources and techniques, and to carry out substantive research.
The CTUR produces and maintains the Multinational Time-Use Study, which currently includes more than half a million days of time diary materials from the 1960s to the present and spanning more than 30 countries, as well as web-based time-use information resources of unparalleled scope.
Over five years it will upgrade the existing database, incorporating many new surveys, improving data collection techniques, and experimenting with new data collection technologies.
The CTUR will develop innovative research methods, particularly in activity-sequence analysis, developing deductive approaches to complement the inductive methods more usual in this field.
It will apply the new techniques to investigate historical changes and national differences in timings of activities through the day, and changes and differences in co-presence of partner and parent-child pairs.
Substantive research will focus principally on historical trends in the domestic division of labour, including studies of unpaid care activities within and beyond the household. The CTUR's improved monitoring of historical change of work stresses, will lead to a clearer understanding of the changing work/leisure balance in the developed world.