About us

We are scientists from the Research Group TOR of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and our research focuses on the organization of daily life. We try to find answers to questions such as how do we spend our time? When do we work, play, eat, sleep? How do we spend our leisure? With whom and where? How do we juggle work and family life? How important are temporal markers such as working hours, school hours and opening hours for the organization of daily life? To what extent and when do we feel rushed or pressed for time? And now also: what is the impact of the corona crisis on the organization of daily life?

We use time use surveys to collect the data that help us answer these questions. We have been conducting time use surveys since 1984. As such, we did many large and small scale time use studies in Flanders and Belgium. In the recent past, we conducted a large scale study on the people’s time use in Flanders.

To make the registration of time use easier and more user-friendly, we designed the software platform called Modular Online Time Use Survey (MOTUS). As of 2019, the MOTUS software has been licensed to hbits, a Spin-Off of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. We work together with hbits for the collection of our data.

If you have any concerns about your privacy or any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Chief investigators: Ignace Gloriex, Joeri Minnen, Sven Rymenants and Theun Pieter van Tienoven.