Graham Button Bio
Graham Button gained his Ph.D. from Manchester University in 1975. He was Principal Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Plymouth, visiting Faculty at the University of California Los Angeles, and Boston University, and joined Xerox's European Palo Alto Research Centre, Cambridge, in 1990 where he founded, and managed, the Studies of Technology, Organisation and Work area. He was subsequently appointed as Director of the Cambridge Lab, and then Lab Director of the Xerox Research Centre Europe. He retired from the position of Pro-Vice Chancellor for Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University in 2010, and now provides a consultancy service to projects of interest. Throughout, his research he has emphasised ethnomethodology's concern with the organisation and order of everyday interactions, especially those that are done in work settings, and with how understanding these can be methodically deployed in the design of computer systems. In this respect he has developed numerous empirical studies of work and the workplace, and methodological expositions.