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Christian Heath

Professor Christian Heath

Professor of Work and Organisation

Research interests

Work, Interaction & Technology

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Christian Heath is Professor of Work and Organisation. He specializes in video-based studies of social interaction, drawing on ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, with a particular interest in multimodality; the interplay of talk, bodily conduct and the use of tools and technologies. He is currently undertaking projects in areas that include health care, command and control, auctions of fine art, and museums and galleries. Project funding includes grants from the UK Research Councils (ESRC, EPSRC & AHRC), Wellcome and various research programmes of the European Union. Projects involve close collaboration with partners in industry, the public services, and academia both in the UK and abroad. He has held positions, including visiting professorships and senior research fellowships, in Universities and Industrial Research Laboratories in the UK and mainland Europe. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences (FAcSS), a member of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars and a Freeman of the City of London. In 2015 was given the EUSSET-IISI Lifetime Achievement Award presented to scholars for an outstanding contribution to the reorientation of the fields of computing and informatics. His publications more than hundred and fifty articles and nine books including: - The Dynamics of Auction: Social Interaction and the Sale of Fine Art and Antiques (Cambridge 2013: Best Book Award from the International Society of Conversation Analysis), Video in Qualitative Research: Analysing Social Interaction in Everyday Life (Sage 2010, with Hindmarsh, J. & P. Luff), and Technology in Action (Cambridge 2000, with P. Luff). He is co-editor of the book series Learning and Doing: Social Cognitive and Computational Perspectives (Cambridge University Press) and serves on the editorial board of a number of journals.

 Reserach Interest: social interaction and workplace studies, technology, the cultural industries, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis.


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Heath, C., Luff, P., Sanchez Svensson, M., & M. Nicholls (2018) Exchanging implements: the micro-materialities of multidisciplinary work in the operating theatre. Sociology of Health & Illness (special issue on the Materialities of Care). Volume 40, issue 2, 297-313

Heath, C.C and P. Luff  (2018)The Naturalistic Experiment:Video and Organizational Interaction. Organizational Research Methods. Vol 21, Issue 2, 466-488

Heath, C.C. (2013) Dynamics of Auction: Social Interaction and the Sale of Fine Art and Antiques. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Heath, C.C. Hindmarsh, J. & P. Luff (2010) Video in Qualitative Research: Analysing Social Interaction in Everyday Life London: Sage

Heath, C.C. and P. Luff (2000) Technology in Action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

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