My office is Room 132 in the Geography Building. I'm also often in the Urban Studies Commons, Room 126.
Office hours, Spring 2019! If you're interested in seeing a small sample of the things that have occupied my mind lately, take a look at this, or this, or this.
January to April, 2019 office hours: Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons! I come in to the office early on Mondays (usually between 7:30 and 8:00), and then I teach the Urban Studies Seminar (Urst 400) from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Geography Room 229. Catch me in the morning, or stop by Room 229 at the end of the seminar. On Tuesdays I come in early and get things ready for the Urban Research Studio (Geog 450), which runs from 9:00 am to noon in Room 115. Look for me in Room 115 around noon; eventually I work my way back to Room 132, and I'm happy to stay around as long as needed. But if nobody stops by for office hours, after a while I may head out to work at the library or at home.
But if you just happen to see me in the hall, or see me when you stop by my office or the Urban Studies Commons whenever you happen to be in the neighborhood, then ... stop me, let's chat about cities and urban life!
On the days I venture to the University, below is my Daily Hägerstrand. Maybe we should call it the Elvinstrand. Track me down for Mobile Office Hours™, or this might help you in planning to maximize the likelihood of a Hagerstrand-style intersection in our daily schedules. [This is my pathetic substitute for FourSquare™ or Twitter®™ or iWhatevertheyCallitNow® and similar Web stuff. Sheesh, this neoLuddite needs an intervention, doesn't they?]
If you're not familiar with the Hägerstrand references, then here's what you need to remember: he became famous for "time geography," which emphasized the fundamental importance of space and time together, and the significant role of very localized facets of the environment in shaping individual experiences and perceptions. Time-geography was deeply influential for a number of years, especially in the field of behavioral geography; its most common graphical expression was as a three-dimensional graph showing individuals' routine daily movements and activities: think of a fish-tank where the goldfish's path traces out a map from home to work over time. I never met Torsten Hagerstrand, but I was inspired by his work from my first very days in undergraduate study in geography. Roger Downs and Peter Gould worked in the behavioral tradition, and I took classes from them. Roger Miller did his doctoral dissertation applying time-geography to gender relations in the urban environment, and Roger was on my graduate committee at Minnesota. See
The daily path is just one of many variations on a theme. You can imagine time-space graphs, and narratives, for weekly, monthly, seasonal/annual, or stage-of-life-course regularities. Or you can trace the spatial-temporal path of formative experiences over your entire career, making all sorts of sampling decisions on what to include and what to exclude. So see, for example, Peter Gould's approach in the seminar:
"One of the tried-and-true readings given quite early that first semester was Torsten Hagerstrand's delightful autobiographical essay that not only looked back to reflect on the sources of his own extraordinary geographic thinking, but that structured, over a vertical axis of time, the events, books, places, and people that had informed his professional life."
Peter Gould (2000). Becoming a Geographer. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, p. 2.
Note, for November 10, 2015. No Office Hours Today. Sorry! Here's why!
Sam Johnsreturns for a visit to UBC Urban Studies, July 2016
Vancouver Office Hours!
'Symphony at Sunset,' Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, July 2018
Walking to Office Hours on a sunny October morning, 2018