Dr Harriet Shortt

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About me


My research focuses on organisational space, artefacts, and the materiality of work. I have expertise in qualitative research methods including visual methodologies, specifically, participant-led photography. I have led research projects with organisations such as Stride Treglown and ISG, the Environment Agency, Bristol, the NHS North Bristol Trust, and a wide variety of Hair and Beauty Salons across the UK. My research has industry and academic impact and has been published in journals including Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, Management Learning and the International Journal of Work, Organisation and Emotion. My work is internationally recognised at the highest level, having won Paper of the Year 2015 in Human Relations. I have been interviewed by and written for press, including BBC Radio 4.

I am currently Co-PI on a funded research project with Stuart McClean and Gemma Pike (HAS) and Charlotte von Bulow (FBL). Our research is titled: Investigating the lived experience of post-pandemic hybrid working environments and the promotion of inclusive and resilience spaces. 

I am currently Co-I on a BAM/ SAMS funded project with Gareth Edwards, Doris Schedlitzki (London Met.), and Sylwia Ciuk (Oxford Brookes). Our project it titled: Leadership, Language and Visual Interpretation.

I was recently PI for an industry funded collaborative research project with ISG and Stride Treglown. Please visit https://myuwebbsview.com/about/ for more details.

Research-led Business Engagement: 

I work part-time at Bibo Studios – a placemaking consultancy and architectural studio. In my role as Head of Visual Engagement I lead on projects that use visual and arts based methods in placemaking and public consultation https://bibostudio.com/

I work with a variety of organisations on partnership projects with economic, social, and cultural impact, including Workplace Geeks and Work Wise UK.

Recent industry funded research projects include organisations such as Argent LLP, C and C, the RFU, BAM, and Hydrock.

Teaching and Learning: 

I am College Lead for Apprenticeships and interim Doctoral Lead for the College of Business and Law.

I run the Executive Education course 'Professional Practice in Self-Leadership'. Please follow this link for more details: https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/Z20000009/professional-practice-in-self-leadership

I am currently supervising 4 Doctoral students across 3 Schools at UWE. 

Area of expertise

organisational space; liminal space; materiality; identity; visual and creative methodologies; hair and beauty industry; interventions for creativity and change; coaching and mentoring; facilitation; teaching and learning; higher education; organisational behaviour


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