Thinking in time within urban health

Peter Lekkas, Catherine Paquet, Mark Daniel

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Time as a dimension is beguiling. Philosophy has puzzled over it, physics queried its nature, and popular culture entertained us with its peculiarities. As a construct, time is multifaceted. While we experience time, we are subject to it. We also harness time, and apply it as an instrument and a lens. However, time also represents a means to enrich knowledge of urban health. To achieve this aim will involve accounting for time as well as thinking in time.
Thinking in time within urban health draws attention to the evolution of urban contexts, such as neighbourhoods, the life-courses of these settings and, the dynamics between the life-course of people and their health in place, with the life-course of place. Thinking in time also entails attending to the nature of time itself, and the manner by which re-imagining time may transform how urban health is queried.
Cross-disciplinary in nature, and trans-disciplinary in its intent, this conceptual review reflects on observational research to consider what has been discovered about neighbourhood effects, and how time features in this information. Furthermore, this review outlines theories and methods for thinking in time to advance understandings of how, why and for whom neighbourhoods matter to health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalSocArXiv (Open Science Framework)
VolumeOpen Archive
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


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