Coffee Hour Lecture: The Food Activities, Socioeconomics, Time-use, and Transportation Study

Webinar on Zoom

Coffee Hour is a Friday lecture hosted every other week by the Department of Geography celebrating interdisciplinary scholarship and collegiality. For spring semester 2021, talks will be held via Zoom webinar.


In this talk, the Food Activities, Socioeconomics, Time-use, and Transportation (FASTT) Study, a project that integrates concepts of time geography with theories from food and health geographies, will be introduced. In March 2019, time-use diaries, GPS trajectory data, and dietary questionnaires were collected from partnered-parents in households from two Toronto neighborhoods; one urban and one suburban. These data are used to explore questions about time pressure and dietary behavior, the division of food labor, and the role of the built environment in food shopping. Findings from two papers currently underway — one on coupled exposure to food retail and the other on how food-related time use patterns link to differing geographies — will be presented, and implications for future work discussed.

About the speaker

Michael Widener is an associate professor and Canada research chair in transportation and health in the Department of Geography and Planning and incoming director of health studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. He received his doctorate in geography at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He is primarily interested in topics related to health, transportation, and urban geography and planning. His current research projects explore the impact of the built environment on food access and dietary behaviors, how older adults’ mental health and well-being is affected by their mobility options, and the links between time use and health outcomes.

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