Time-geography in the global context

There is no comprehensive book in English about the time-geographic approach and its developments and future. I am writing such a book in my sabbatical research project Time-geography in the global context. It is grounded on literature, meetings and interviews with researchers who are inspired by time-geography and have experience of time-geographic approach.

The concepts and methods in time-geography underline that peoples’ movements between and visits at places constitute an uninterrupted flow of activities. The time-geographic concepts and methods create an understanding for the couplings in time and space that are inevitable in everyday life as a whole, as well as for the production of goods and services and consumption in society. All this indicate that human activities have considerable consequences for the environment and climate change.

Torsten Hägerstrand presented time-geography for the international geographic research community in 1970, and the approach has since then had influence in several scientific fields, not just for geography and transportation, but also for sociology, health science, GIS, computer science and environmental research. Time-geography is a basal theoretical construction within human geography and its potential is not yet fully exploited. The book that is the intended result of the sabbatical research project aims at an orientation about time-geography, its development, diffusion and future.

The questions to be investigated are

• What concepts and methods have been internationally utilized since 1970?

• Where has the ecological world view of Hägerstrand gained ground?

• What happens currently within time-geography and what about its future?

The book will inspire researchers and students in various disciplines to utilize the time-geographic approach in order to support sustainable development of the society.

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