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Dr Harry Pitts

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I am a Lecturer in Management at the University of Bristol, where I am also Faculty Business Fellow for Social Sciences and Law and lead the Faculty Research Group for Perspectives on Work. I direct two undergraduate units at the University of Bristol: Global Business Environment and People, Work & Organisations, and am Programme Director for the BSc in Economics and Management. I am a co-editor of Futures of Work, an online blog published by Bristol University Press, and sit on the Associate Board of Work, Employment & Society.

In a nutshell, my research explores how different actors- workers, managers, politicians, activists, policymakers and intellectuals- understand, experience and organise the changing world of work and economic life. This overarching agenda breaks down into three intersecting themes, each comprising more specific areas of interest: the organisation and management of work and economic futures, the politics and policy of work and economic futures and the theory and critique of work and economic futures. 

I hold a PhD in Global Political Economy from the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Prior to joining the School of Management, I taught social theory at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol and the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath. I have also held research posts at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol; the Department of Arts and Cultural Industries, University of the West of England; and the Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam. I have worked for and collaborated with a number of research partners outside academia including Indycube, Unite the Union, Vodafone, Smith & Williamson, the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, Creative England, Tower Hamlets Council, Toynbee Hall and the Global Labour Institute. 

I am the author of two books, Critiquing Capitalism Today: New Ways to Read Marx (Palgrave 2017) and, with Matt Bolton, Corbynism: A Critical Approach (Emerald, 2018). My peer-reviewed academic articles have appeared in journals including Economy & Society, R&D Management, Capital & Class and British Politics, and my work has been covered in media outlets including the Economist, the Financial Times, the Times, the Guardian, the Spectator and the New Statesman.

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