PhD:  Thriving not surviving: what can time allocation tell us? 

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There is extensive evidence on the relationship between a cancer diagnosis and labour market outcomes. However, there is limited evidence on the relationship between a cancer diagnosis and non-labour market outcomes, such as household work and leisure. Understanding time allocation on daily activities may imply the recovery journey post a cancer diagnosis. The first stage of this PhD is to explore the ‘trajectories’ of time allocation following a breast cancer diagnosis. The second stage of this PhD is to investigate the causal impact of time allocation on wellbeing among women diagnosed with a breast cancer. The third stage of this PhD is to know the preference of time allocation, and the monetary value of time on non-labour market activities, such as household work, leisure and sleeping. 

The PhD is part of the Aberdeen Curtin Alliance, combining the strengths of two of the world’s leading Universities.

PhD Student: Ni Gao

Supervisors: Mandy Ryan (HERU); R. Norman, S. Robinson (Curtin University, Western Australia) and N. Krucian (Evidera)


Gao, N.Ryan, M.Krucien, N., Robinson, S. and Norman, R. (2019) 'Paid work, household work, or leisure? Time allocation pathways among women following a cancer diagnosis', Social Science & Medicine, 246(February), 112776.


Gao, N., Ryan, M., Krucien, N., Norman, R. and Robinson, S. (2017) 'Thriving not surviving following a breast cancer diagnosis: what can time allocation tell us?', School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, 29 November 2017.

Gao, N.Ryan, M., Harris, M., Krucien, N., Norman, R. and Robinson, S. (2019) 'Work or leisure: do time use patterns impact wellbeing among women living with a breast cancer diagnosis?', 41st International Association for Time Use Research Conference, Washington DC, USA, 10-12 July 2019.