Activity Spaces in Interdisciplinary and International Research




Activity Space, Health, Methods, Mobility, Segregation, Time Geography


Since the late 20th century activity spaces have mainly been perceived as a niche concept in German-speaking spatial research. Meanwhile, international research on activity spaces has developed further and gained quite some attention recently. This paper elaborates a comprehensive definition of activity spaces and presents current fields of application with special regard to research on travel behaviour, segregation and public health. Activity spaces as a concept improve estimates of the interactions between individuals and their respective social or built environments. Therefore, insights on activity spaces might ease the development of adequate planning and policy measures. In order to facilitate the systematic generation of future research questions, hypotheses, research designs and practice-oriented insights, this paper presents both a novel analytical concept and established methods for the study of activity spaces. The paper closes with considerations on possible research perspectives that lie beyond the current state of research.


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Issue publication date 2022-04-29 (version 2)
Published online first 2021-12-09 (version 1)




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How to Cite

Hölzel DJ. Activity Spaces in Interdisciplinary and International Research. RuR [Internet]. 2022 Apr. 29 [cited 2024 Jul. 23];80(2):168-85. Available from: