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Boróka Bó

University of Essex

Based in

United Kingdom

Boróka Bó’s active interdisciplinary research program is at the intersection between the eco-social determinants of health, the sociology of time, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Her work situates the temporal perspectives, experiences, and decision-making processes of individuals navigating environmental hazards in space and time. Dr. Bó is currently leading a collaborative research project studying coastal communities facing climate hazards. This work builds on a successful 2022 UK Research and Innovation Impact grant, supporting robust collaborations with local elected and community leaders, climate activists, artists, and oyster farmers. Her research contributes to sociological theory by uncovering some of the mechanisms linking sociotemporal disparities to eco-social inequalities in well-being. Her goal is to connect the individual-level subjective experience and social patterning of time with sociodemographic, institutional, and ecological factors, extending the literature on stratification and social inequality. To do this, Dr. Bó incorporates a mixed methods approach. She combines multiple qualitative methods (ethnography, in-depth and life story interviews) with demographic methods (surveys and statistical estimation techniques). Methodologically, by situating the resource of time in lived experience of climate change, her research informs the existing literature on measuring time scarcity and time poverty.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Albania Canada South Africa United Kingdom

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Behavioral action Social movements

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Bó, Boróka, Maged Ali, Michael Steinke, and Bethan Greenwood. 2022. “Building with Nature: Oyster Reefs for Coastal Protection” Invited article for Mersea Life

Bó, Boróka. 2022. “Good Time, Bad Time: Socioeconomic Status, Time Scarcity, and Well-Being in Retirement.” American Journal of Sociology 128(2).

Bó, Boróka. 2022. “Time Availability as a Mediator between Socioeconomic Status and Health.” Social Science & Medicine – Population Health 19(101238).

Bó, Boróka and Denys Dukhovnov*. 2022. “Tell me who’s your neighbor and I will tell you how much time you’ve got: the spatiotemporal consequences of ethnic residential segregation.” Population, Space & Place 3(28): 2-18 (*equal authorship, student co-author).

Bó, Boróka. 2022. “How to spend time wisely – Life lessons from retirees for younger people.” Invited article for The Conversation: Academic rigor, journalistic flair

Bó, Boróka. 2020. “Beyond the Time Bind: Gender Inequality and the Tempo of Life in 87 Countries.” Time & Society 29(3): 892-915.

Bó, Boróka, Zachary Zimmer, Codrina Rada. 2020. “The Structure and Determinants of Intergenerational Support Exchange Flows in an Eastern European Setting.” Research on Aging, 42(9-10): 262-271.

Bó, Boróka. 2019. “Structure versus Agency: A Cross-National Examination of Discrimination and the Internalization of Negative Stereotypes.” European Societies, 21(3): 327-355.

Bó, Boróka. 2014. “Fragmented Histories, Fragmented Selves: Body Weight Preoccupation among Women in Post-Communist Romania.” Journal of International Women’s Studies, 15(2).

Silverman, Sarah, Kimberly Swan, Scott Ziolko, Boróka Bó. 2020. “Time for Change? Findings from a Survey of Time Use in Schools.” Insights Report for the Gates Foundation. 

Bohler-Muller, Narnia and Boróka Bó. 2016. “Transformative constitutionalism, power and consensus: Are the courts in charge?” in in State of the Nation South Africa. HSRC.

Wilkins, Amy, Stefanie Mollborn and Boróka Bó. 2014. “Constructing Difference.” in Handbook of the Social Psychology of Inequality. Springer.

Bó, Boróka. 2009. “Caviar”The Iowa Review 39(1), 8–8.