“Great work from Bristol University Press: Futures of Work is a really exciting new online magazine. THIS is how you do digital engagement as a publisher, building platforms which amplify and consolidate existing research networks. Other publishers should take note.” Mark Carrigan, University of Cambridge

Futures of Work is a blog offering radical and critical thinking on ongoing and emerging issues associated with work and employment. 

Powered by Bristol University Press in collaboration with a multidisciplinary editorial team at the University of Bristol, the blog is produced in association with the Faculty Research Group for Perspectives on Work.

Hosting long-form opinion pieces, debates and thought-provoking podcasts, this blog is a space for wide ranging debate on the multiple possible futures of work. 

All of our articles, unless otherwise noted, can be republished for free, online or in print, under the CC BY-NC 4.0 licence.

For a more in-depth presentation of where we are coming from, read the editorial issued with the first edition of Futures of Work. 


Editorial Team 

 Harry Pitts –Harry is a Lecturer in Work, Organisation & Public Policy at University of Bristol School of Management and Business Fellow for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, where he leads the Faculty Research Group for Perspectives on Work. He is author of A World Beyond Work? Labour, Money and the Capitalist State Between Crisis and Utopia (Emerald, 2021, with Ana Dinerstein), Value (Polity, 2020), Corbynism: A Critical Approach (Emerald, 2018, with Matt Bolton), and Critiquing Capitalism Today: New Ways to Read Marx (Palgrave 2017), and co-editor of a Political Quarterly special issue on The Politics of Postcapitalism (2020, with Jon Cruddas). His work has been covered in media outlets including the Economist, the Financial Times, the Times, and the Guardian. 

Katie Bales – Katie is a lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol specialising in labour law and migration. She holds a PhD in law from Northumbria University and has worked on external research projects for the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Katie has contributed to journals such as the Industrial Law Journal, Economy and Society, and the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. Her research centres on forced migration, labour law and the welfare state. Katie’s new research project focuses on the political economy of state organised forms of work including prison labour, workfare, community payback and labour within immigration detention. In addition to co-editing the Futures of Work blog, Katie is a trustee for the City of Sanctuary charity and a working group member for the Sanctuary Scholarships team at the University of Bristol. 

Huw Thomas – Huw is a Lecturer in Management at the University of Bristol. He holds a PhD in International Employment Relations from Cardiff University. He has previously worked for the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland and is the author of numerous policy and research reports for the ILO as well as other international organisations. Huw’s academic research focuses on the impact of global production networks on the promotion and protection of decent work in a range of economic sectors and his contributions have been published in journals such as Human Relations.