Research Associate

Department of Sociology, University of Toronto 

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William Michelson is S.D Clark Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, at the University of Toronto. He has also taught sociology at Princeton University and social ecology at the University of California—Irvine as well as serving in visiting positions at the University of California—Berkley, The University of Lund (Sweden) and the Ivan Franko National University (Ukraine). His research career has focused on the greater understanding of the physical and social contexts in which people lead their everyday lives, such as housing, neighbourhoods, transportation, cities, and other specific environments: their impact and betterment. He suggests this is a two-way concern: how the contexts serve to facilitate or constrain people’s daily activities and life chances and how social processes and policies create or limit these contexts (now and prospectively). In 1970, Michelson convened the time-use researchers who formed an ongoing group that eventually became the International Association of Time Use Research. He chaired the group from 1974 to 1978. In 1994, her was elected to membership in the Royal Society of Canada. 

Selected publications 

Michelson, W. M. (2005). Time use: Expanding explanation in the social sciences. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Wilstrom, T., Linden, K. P., & Michelson, W. (1997). Hub of events or splendid isolation: The home as a context for teleworking. Lund: School of Architecture, Lund University.

Michelson, W. M. (1985). From sun to sun: Daily obligations and community structure in the lives of employed women and their families. NJ: Rowman and Allenhead

Michelson, W. (1978). Public policy in temporal perspective. Berlin: Mouton Publishers.

Michelson, W. (1977). Environmental choice, human behavior, and residential satisfaction. New York: Oxford University Press.

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