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Dr Harry Pitts

Senior Lecturer in Politics | Director of Business Engagement & Innovation

Peter Lanyon Building A154

I am an academic writing, researching and teaching about the politics of fairer work futures, with a particular focus on how workplace change relates to geopolitical and economic transformations.

I am a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Director of Business Engagement & Innovation in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences at University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus, located in my hometown of Penryn. I am also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University of Bristol Business School, a Co-Investigator of the Economic & Social Research Council Centre for Sociodigital Futures, and a Fellow of the Institute for the Future of Work.

I have directed several research programmes with a range of partners and funders. Most recently, with Andrew Pakes of the trade union Prospect, I led a Foundation for European Progressive Studies/Progressive Britain programme on work, security and social democracy, culminating in two reports, A Progressive Politics of Work for the Age of Unpeace: What Labour Can Learn from the European Centre-Left, and Cybersecuronomics: Cybersecurity & Labour’s Modern Industrial Strategy.


Previously I was Principal Investigator on the ESRC Digital Futures at Work Innovation Fund project “Coworking spaces and the urban ecosystem” and the Research England/Office for Students project “Politics and Perceptions of Automation Risk”.


With Julie Macleavy, I am currently editing the Routledge Handbook for the Future of Work. I am the author of five previous books: Marx in Management and Organisation Studies: Rethinking Value, Labour and Class Struggles (Routledge 2022); 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 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, think-tanks, pressure groups and policymakers.


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