Dr Harriet Shortt

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  • Qualifications:BSc (Hons) MSc PhD PGCLTHE
  • Position:Associate Professor in Organisation Studies
  • Department:Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Telephone:+4411732 81701
  • Email:Harriet.Shortt@uwe.ac.uk
  • Social media: LinkedIn logo Twitter logo

About me

Research: 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 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 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:

£10,000 'Grants 4 Growth' fund - collaborative research project with The Orange Tree co-working hub in Bristol.

£10,000 'Grants 4 Growth' fund - collaborative research project in partnership with FET, UWE, BAM and Hydrock.

Teaching and Learning: I am the Faculty Lead for Apprenticeships for the Faculty of Business and Law. 

I run the Executive Education course 'Personal Mastery in Leadership'. Please follow this link for more details: https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/Z20000009/personal-mastery-in-leadership

I have been teaching in Higher Education for the past 17 years. In 2014 I achieved the status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. My pedagogical approach encompasses reflective practice and the use of innovative visual methods and online technologies.

Social Media: 


Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/harriet-shortt-33225348/ 

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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