Comparative Analysis of Time-use in a Planning Perspective: Results from Research Developed under the Framework of NOITe Project

By Diana Almeida and Teresa Alves.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Contemporary cities are less spaces of permanence and more spaces of multiple flows. Various forms of urbanity have the chance to subsist in a 24/7 city. Several transformations in society and the economy have allowed work and social practices, such as leisure or sports, to continue during the night. Nowadays time-use is shaped by a new range of labor and family dynamics that provide interesting schedules among not only males and females, but also different time uses within countries and cultures. This paper aims to analyze disparities between time-uses in some European countries, by comparing time-use in Europe to the results of similar studies carried out in USA, Japan, Korea and Canadas. An online survey was administered by the Portuguese team studying the night in Portugal (Project NOITe), observing Eurostat survey guidelines, in order to update statistics first obtained in 1999. Gainful work/study, domestic activities and free time will be put into evidence and discussed. The comparable results are an important source of discussion regarding day and night use of time, providing orientation clues to urban planning, which is the main goal of our work.

Keywords: Time-use, Night, Economic Activities, Planning

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.87-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 874.395KB).

Diana Almeida

Researcher, Centre for Geographical Studies, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

BiographyMaster in Urban Planning by the University of Lisbon (2009); degree in Planning and Land Management (U.L., 2006). Since 2007 that is researcher at the Centre for Geographical Studies (U.L.) and since 2009 researcher at the Tourism, culture and space research group (TERRiTUR). Currently participating in the International Project SECOA (Solutions for Environmental Contrasts in Coastal Areas) and in Project NOITe (Night, Opportunities and Innovation in Territories). Participates in the elaboration of the Protected Landscape Plan of Montejunto Mountain, Institute for Nature and Biodiversity Conservation (CEG/ ICNB) (2007). Current research interests in public spaces and leisure, urban planning, night policies, waterfronts and tourism.

Teresa Alves

Professor, Centre for Geographical Studies, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Associated Professor at Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) in the University of Lisbon. Has PhD in Human Geography (1995). Lecture of Geography and European Studies modules, such as: Human Geography; Regional Planning; Economy and Social Politics in the UE; and Economy and Territorial Dynamics in Europe. Coordinator of the project Night: Opportunities and Innovation in the Territory (NOITe) and also coordinates the Postgraduate Studies on European Policies (European Studies) at the University of Lisbon. Is researcher at the TERRiTUR research group (Tourism, Culture and Space). The main research interests are: Geography of the night; spatial planning and management; urban and regional development; evaluation of EU Programmes and Initiatives. Currently research focus public spaces and leisure; urban planning and tourism; urban and regional development strategies.