About me

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Hello! My name is Harriet Shortt and I am an Associate Professor in Organisation Studies at Bristol Business School, at the University of the West of England in the UK. I have set up this blog so that other researchers, writers, teachers, organisations, practitioners, and anyone else that might be interested, can follow my academic, creative and consulting work. Take a look around and enjoy!

Email: Harriet.Shortt@uwe.ac.uk

Twitter: @HarrietShortt

Instagram: drharrietshortt


My research focuses on organisational space, the material world of work and identity. I have an expertise in qualitative research methods including innovative visual methodologies, specifically, participant-led photography. I have led research and consultancy projects with ISG, Stride Treglown, Godfrey Syrett, the Environment Agency, Bristol, the NHS North Bristol Trust, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, London and a wide variety of Hair and Beauty Salons across the UK. My research has been published in journals including Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, Management Learning and the International Journal of Work, Organisation and Emotion. My paper ‘Liminality, space and the importance of ‘transitory dwelling places’ won Paper of the Year 2015 in Human Relations.


In 2011 I was awarded the Learning and Teaching Fellowship at the University of the West of England for excellence and innovation in academic teaching and learning. In 2014 I achieved the status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. My teaching activities include postgraduate and undergraduate Module Leadership and Programme Leadership in the areas of organisational behaviour, coaching and mentoring and leadership studies. My pedagogical approach encompasses reflective practice and the use of innovative visual methods and online technologies. I also use my interest in social media to engage students in wider business issues, academic work and creative practices including this blog: www.harrietshortt.wordpress.com

 Successful Research Grants:

2017 – 2018: Principal Investigator for the collaborative research project #myUWEBBSview Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Bristol Business School £60,000. In partnership with ISG, Stride Treglown, Godfrey Syrett, and UWE Bristol Business School.

2013 – 2014: Principal Investigator for the Strategic Research Development Fund: £8,469 ‘A Sense of Space? Staff interpretations of innovative work spaces in the health sector’ in partnership with the NHS North Bristol Trust http://www.nbt.nhs.uk/newhospital

2013 – Co-investigator for the Creative Leadership Project: £3,500 A series of research based and business engagement focussed workshops on leadership and innovation, language, space

2012 – Internal funding received: £13,500 UWE SPUR4 Grant/ university-wide competition – Principal Investigator ‘Investigating work space and well-being’ working with the Environment Agency, Bristol. http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk

2010 to 2012 – External funding received: £90,000 Steering Group Member: ‘Advancing Visual Methodologies in Business and Management’ – an ESRC funded Researcher Development Initiative http://in-visio.org

Additional Roles:

External Examiner for University of Portsmouth, Business School.

Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Utrecht, School of Governance, The Netherlands.

Member of the Bristol Leadership and Change Centre http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/research/bristolleadershipcentre.aspx

Chair of the Women in Research Mentoring Scheme, UWE, Bristol http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/research/researchstaffsupport/womenresearchersmentoring.aspx

Member of (and previously Membership Secretary for) SCOS – Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism. SCOS also stands for Serious Fun and is a fast-growing global network of academics and practitioners who share a wide range of interests in organisational symbolism, culture and change. Our community includes those in organisation studies, social anthropology, cultural studies and social psychology. Check out our website: www.scos.org

Member of the ESRC funded group called InVisio – The International Network of Visual Studies in Organization. This community of researchers, practitioners and artists explores the visual aspects of organisations, management and business. www.in-visio.org  As part of InVisio, I have been involved in the Inspire project – an ESRC RDI project that aims to develop capacity in visual methodologies in business and management. We launched our online researcher development resources in May 2012 – it’s a free, one-stop shop for reference materials, ‘how-to’ guides, case studies and teaching resources related to visual methodologies in the business, management and organisation studies fields. Visit the InVisio site above and you’ll be able to access all our resources.




2 thoughts on “About me

  1. I love the idea of developing ‘visual methodologies … our society places so much emphasis on words, which are important, but communication can be so much richer when the visual is embraced, including in the workplace. All power to you! =D

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