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Professor Christian Heath


Christian Heath is Professor of Work and Organisation and leads the Work, Interaction and Technology Research Centre. He specializes in video-based studies of social interaction, drawing on ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, with a particular interest in the interplay of talk, bodily conduct and the use of tools and technologies. He is currently undertaking projects on auctions and markets, medical consultations and operating theatres, and museums and galleries. These projects are funded by the UK research councils and the IST Programmes of the European Union. A number of these projects also involve the design and development of advanced technologies including for example media spaces, trust systems, and tools to interweave paper and digital documents. These projects involve close collaboration with academic, private and public sector organisations in the UK and abroad. He has published eight books and more than hundred academic articles in journals and books and is co-editor of the book series Learning and Doing (Cambridge University Press). He has held positions at the Universities of Manchester, Surrey, and Nottingham and visiting positions at various Universities and industrial research laboratories in the UK and abroad. He currently serves on various School, College and external committees including the ESRC Information and Communications Committee. He is an Academician of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences (AcSS). 

His recent publications include: 

The Dynamics of Auction: Social Interaction and the Sale of Fine Art and Antiques Cambridge University Press, (2012) winner of the ISCA best book award, and Video in Qualitative Research: Analysing Social Interaction in Everyday Life (2012) (with Jon Hindmarsh and Paul Luff)  Sage.


BSc Business Management
  • 4SSMN134 Work, Organisation & Society
  • 5SSMN240 Organisational Research Methods


MSc Public Services Policy & Management

  • 7SSMM405 Research Methods in the Public Services

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Professor Christian Heath
Professor in Work, Interaction and Technology
Tel + 44 (0)20 7848 4496
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