Dr Harry Pitts

PhD, MRes, MA, BA Hons

  • BS8 1SD


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Research interests

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:

1) The organisation and management of work and economic futures This strand of my research explores how the changing world of work is organised, managed, experienced and contested in thought and practice by those employed and self-employed in a range of different fields and industries, including the creative industries and professional services. I am specifically interested in:

  • New forms of organisation for the self-employed 
  • New ways of working in an age of digital transformation 
  • Work in the creative industries 
  • Measuring and valuing work time in the professional services 
  • Self-quantification in and against the digital workday

2) The politics and policy of work and economic futures This part of my work critically engages with increasingly influential and persuasive ideas around the futures of work and capitalist society and how these are operationalised and mobilised around in concrete political activity and policymaking, specifically on social democratic and socialist left in and around the British Labour Party. I am specifically interested in:

  • Postcapitalist politics and the post-work imaginary 
  • Corbynism, the Labour Party and the left 
  • Universal Basic Income and its alternatives 
  • Institutions, civil society and alternative forms of social reproduction 

3) The theory and critique of work and economic futures This theme of my research centres on the reconsideration and renewal of Marx’s critique of political economy for the understanding of contemporary capitalism, testing revisionist approaches to Marxian value theory as a framework for relating what goes on in the workplace to what goes on in the market. I am specifically interested in:

  • New readings of Marx and their relevance to the study of work today 
  • Value, valuation and measurement 
  • Critiques of capitalism and conspiracy theory 
  • Postoperaismo, postcapitalism and the new politics of labour 

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • PolicyBristolBusinessAndEconomicPolicy
  • PolicyBristolGlobalPoliticalEconomy
  • Perspectives on Work
  • Cultural Work
  • Global Political Economy

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Research Output

Critiquing Capitalism Today: New Ways to Read Marx

Pitts, F. H., 23 Oct 2017, Palgrave Macmillan. 279 p. (Marx, Engels, and Marxisms)

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

  • Beyond the Fragment: postoperaismo, postcapitalism and Marx’s ‘Notes on machines’, 45 years on

    Pitts, F. H., 2 Feb 2018, In : Economy and Society. 46, 3-4, p. 324-345 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
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    Media/Policy Coverage

    Frederick Harry Pitts (Recipient), , Palie K Smart (Recipient), & Gregory Schwartz (Recipient)

    Mar 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation

    Media Coverage, Labour List

    Frederick Harry Pitts (Recipient), & Matt Bolton (Speaker)

    30 Mar 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation

    Media Coverage, Tankesmedjan Tiden

    Matt Bolton (Recipient), & Frederick Harry Pitts (Recipient)

    23 Mar 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation