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Professor Chris Harty

  • Head of School
  • Professor of Technology and Organisation

Areas of interest

Chris's research focuses on the interactions between organisations, people and technology that constitutes socio-technical systems, and on understanding the ways that new practices and ways of using and working emerge and are shaped through engagement with new technologies.

At the centre of this approach is understanding current practice, as well as the potential of new technologies. His work draws on a range of sociological concepts and methodologies, especially the area of science and technology studies.

He has conducted studies of technology implementation and use on major construction projects, including the fifth terminal at Heathrow airport, and St Bartholemew's and Royal London hospitals in central London.

Chris is keen to develop new ideas and collaborations, and to discuss potential PhD projects, around the areas of the effects and consequences of information technology on practices and organisational forms in construction. He is also interested in the role of information and knowledge management in the sector and, more generally, qualitative and sociologically-oriented studies of engineering and construction practice.

Academic qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Reading. Merit, October 2012 
  • PhD, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University. Funded through an ESRC CASE award. Supervisors Prof Elizabeth Shove and Prof Luis Araujo. External examiner Prof Mike Bresnen, September 2000–May 2005
  • MA in Contemporary Sociology, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, September 1999–August 2000
  • BA (Hons) in Combined Studies (first class honours); Sociology, History and English at University of Northumbria. Awarded the Tempest Prize for overall academic achievement, September 1996–June 1999.

Professional bodies/affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy from December 2012.