The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Harry Pettit

Research Associate

Background

Harry completed his PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science in early 2018, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council. Before joining Newcastle as a Research Associate in Re-imagining Economies, Harry held an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the School of Geography & Environment at the University of Oxford (2018-2019), and worked as a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of the West of England (2017-2018). 

Harry's research combines economic and cultural geography by focusing on the emotional politics of emerging forms of precarious work in Cairo, Egypt. His PhD work, currently being written up as a book manuscript, argues that the practices of hope-making and distraction among educated underemployed young men in Cairo constitute a form of emotional labour which enables their continued exploitation and legitimises urban inequalities in Cairo. Harry is now working on a follow-up project on the emotional politics of emerging gig economy work in Egypt. 

Research

Harry's research focuses on the emotional politics of emerging forms of precarious work in Cairo, Egypt. His PhD work, currently being written up as a book, argues that the practices of hope-making among educated underemployed young men in Cairo constitute a form of emotional labour which enables their continued exploitation and legitimises urban inequalities in Cairo. He is now working on a follow-up project on the emotional politics of emerging gig economy work in Cairo.  

Publications