Associate Fellow
University of Bristol
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I research, teach and write about the politics of work futures. 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”.

Research Interests

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 MP, I edited a special issue of Political Quarterly on “Postcapitalism and the Politics of Work”, featuring Lisa Nandy MP and Paul Mason. 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.

Research articles

Thompson P, Pitts FH, Ingold J (2021) A Strategic Left? Starmerism, Pluralism and the Soft Left. Political Quarterly 92(1):32-39

Pitts FH (2020) Measuring and Managing Creative Labour: Value Struggles and Billable Hours in the Creative Industries. Organization, online first

Cruddas J, Pitts FH (2020) The Politics of Postcapitalism: Labour & Our Digital Futures. Political Quarterly 91(2):275-286

Lombardozzi L, Pitts FH (2020) Social Reproduction, Social Form and Social Policy: Basic Income, Basic Services, Basic Infrastructure. Capital & Class. 44(4):573-594

Pitts FH, Jean E, Clarke Y (2020) Sonifying the quantified self: Rhythmanalysis and performance research in and against the reduction of life-time to labour-time. Capital & Class, 44(2):219-240


Dinerstein AC, Pitts FH (2021) A World Beyond Work: Labour, Money & the Capitalist State Between Crisis & Utopia. Bingley: Emerald.

Pitts FH (2020) Value (What is Political Economy?). Cambridge: Polity

Book chapters

Cecchinato ME, Gould S, Pitts FH (2021) Self-Tracking & Sousveillance at Work: Insights from Human-Computer Interaction & Social Science. In Moore P, Woodcock J (eds) Augmented Exploitation: Artificial Intelligence, Automation & Work. London: Pluto, 127-137

Bolton M, Pitts FH (2020). The Rigged System and the Real Economy: Corbynism, Antisemitism and Productivist Critiques of Capitalism. In A Alietti, & D Padovan (Eds.), Clockwork Enemy: Xenophobia & Racism in the Era of Neo-populism. Milan: Mimesis. 187-220

Researchers present at BUIRA conference 2022

30 June 2022

Digit researchers discuss their work at the BUIRA Annual Conference

5 successful awards of the Digit Innovation Fund

31 July 2020

The Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit) is pleased to announce the outcome of the 1st round of the Digit Innovation Fund.