Dr Harry Pitts

PhD, MRes, MA, BA Hons

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I research, teach and write about the politics of work futures and economic transformation. I am based in the Work, Employment, Organisation & Public Policy group at University of Bristol School of Management, where I am Theme Champion for Work Futures, lead the Faculty of Social Sciences & Law Research Group for Perspectives on Work and co-edit the Bristol University Press online magazine Futures of Work. I am a Fellow of the Institute for the Future of Work and an Associate Fellow of the Economic & Social Research Council Digital Futures at Work Research Centre. I hold a PhD in Social & Policy Sciences from the University of Bath, and Masters degrees in Global Political Economy and Critical Global Politics from the University of Bath and University of Exeter. I am Principal Investigator on the ESRC Digit Innovation Fund project “Co-working spaces and the urban ecosystem: the future of co-working post-Covid-19”.

I am the author of four books: A World Beyond Work? Labour, Money and the Capitalist State Between Crisis and Utopia(Emerald, 2021, with Ana Dinerstein); Value(Polity, 2020); Corbynism: A Critical Approach (Emerald, 2018, with Matt Bolton) and Critiquing Capitalism Today: New Ways to Read Marx (Palgrave, 2017). My work is specifically addressed to debates in the UK Labour Party. With Jon Cruddas, I edited a special issue of Political Quarterly on “Postcapitalism and the Politics of Work”, featuring Lisa Nandy and Paul Mason. With Paul Thompson, I co-authored the Open Labour and Labour Campaign for International Development pamphlet A Progressive Foreign Policy for New Times.

My commentary on policymaking, political economy and the politics of work has been widely featured and covered in media outlets including the Guardian, the Times, the Economist and the Financial Times. I have collaborated with organisations across the private, public and third sectors, including multinational corporations, local authorities, trades unions, government agencies, SMEs, social enterprises, pressure groups and policymakers.

Structured keywords and research groupings

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

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