Work, Interaction and Technology
Members of the Work, Interaction and Technology (WIT) Research Centre specialise in video-based field studies of social interaction in work and organisational settings. They have a particular interest in the ways in which tools and technologies, objects and artefacts, feature in work practice and organisational conduct.
Recent research projects have been funded by the UK, European and US funding councils and have involved close collaboration with industry, the public services and academic partners both in the UK and abroad. These projects include studies of command and control centres, medical, dental and ophthalmic consultations, surgical operations, auctions and markets, architecture and design, and museums, galleries and science centres.
Alongside their contribution to contemporary research in the social sciences, a number of these studies are also used to inform the design and development of advanced technologies including for example media spaces, surveillance systems, and augmented paper.
Members of the Centre organise regular conferences and colloquia and provide advanced research training and specialist short courses. They also serve as consultants to academic, service sector and industrial organisations both in the UK and abroad.