Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Chris Till
About Dr Chris Till
Chris is a sociologist who has a focus on health, technologies, work and social theory.
Chris has conducted research into the history of male anorexia nervosa and the self-tracking of health and wellness as well as theoretical investigations. His current research is on the use of self-tracking devices in workplace wellness initiatives which he sees as a particular site of empirical and theoretical focus for his interests in technologies, health, work and capitalism.
Chris currently teaches a Sociology, Capitalism and Modernity, a core module which introduces new students to some of the key theoretical debates in the discipline. He also teaches a module on the impacts of the internet, social media and other digital technologies called Digital Societies. The module Technologies, Health and Bodies also explores how medical and scientific technologies, techniques and innovations affect and intersect with social practices.
Current research is investigating the use of self-tracking devices in workplace wellness. This is looking at the ways in which digital devices are being used to encourage healthy behaviours by employers. The research is exploring the rationales for such interventions and how they connect with organisational structures and cultures. It also looks at the ways in which these are used by employees and the impact technologies and data have on their practices, identities and bodies.