Survey Data

CTUR collects diary-based time-use data from around the world. We develop new research instruments (including online- and smartphone-based diaries) and devise ways of combining diaries with passive instrumentation such as worn cameras, accelerometers and GOS.  We harmonise diary surveys collected by others, and make these materials available to researchers around the world through the Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS).

CTUR has a long-term partnership with colleagues in the Centre for Population Studies, University of Maryland (Sandra Hofferth, Liana Sayer and Sarah Flood), contributing time use data (the American Heritage Time Use Study and part of the MTUS) to the IPUMS Time Use data download site.

Time Survey

Key Data & Surveys

NEW: Programmes and resources for analysing time use data

CTUR are making accessible programmes in STATA to help researchers analyse two of our key surveys - the Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS) and Covid-19 time use data series. 


The Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS)

MTUS is our flagship time use diary data archive, with currently over 100 nationally representative surveys from 25 countries, a total of 2 million diary days covering the period 1961 to 2018. 

CTUR 6-wave time use survey across the COVID-19 pandemic

Our data (about 7,000 diary days) includes a baseline pre-pandemic survey, conducted in 2016, followed by five subsequent waves coinciding with key moments of pandemic restrictions, including all three lockdowns and two periods of relaxation of restrictions between lockdowns and after the final lockdown. The complete set of six surveys has now been harmonised and deposited with the UK Data Service archive.

Access the 6-wave CTUR COVID-19 time use survey data

American Heritage Time Use Study

A database of national time-diary samples collected over six decades.

UK Time Use Survey 2014-15

The United Kingdom Time Use Survey, 2014-2015 (UKTUS) is a large-scale household survey that provides data on how people aged 8 years and over in the UK spend their time. At the heart of the survey is a time diary instrument in which respondents record their daily activities.