Dr Vanessa Beck

Dr Vanessa Beck

Dr Vanessa Beck
Associate Professor in Work and Organisation

The Priory Road Complex, Priory Road, Clifton
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Telephone Number (0117) 928 8668

Department of Management

Personal profile

Vanessa is a graduate of Brunel University (BSc), University of Keele (MPhil) and University of Birmingham (PhD). Before joining the University of Bristol in June 2017, she worked at the University of Leicester. 


Vanessa’s research focuses on the implications for the management of older workers, the availability of training opportunities for older workers and the use of performance management to ‘manage out’ older workers. She has also undertaken extensive research into unemployment and redundancy, including into those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and individuals with multiple and complex barriers to employment. She has previously undertaken research funded by the European Commission, the UK Government’s Equality Office, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, and the Government Equality Office. Currently, she is working on an ESRC IAA project on Tackling the Menopause Taboo in the Workplace, and leading an Independent Social Research Foundation small group project on Reconceptualising Underemployment. 


EFIM10015 Introduction to Management 

EFIMM0045 Researching Organisations, Institutions and Management

Latest publications

  1. Beck, V, 2018, ‘Capabilities and choices of vulnerable, long-term unemployed individuals’. Work, Employment and Society, vol 32., pp. 3-19
  2. Beck, V, Brewis, J, Davies, A, Fish, S & Garlick, D, 2018, ‘Developing workplace menopause policies: Four reasons why, and how’. Occupational Health [at Work], vol 15., pp. 22-25
  3. Williams, G & Beck, V, 2018, ‘From annual ritual to daily routine: continuous performance management and its consequences for employment security’. New Technology, Work and Employment, vol 33., pp. 30-43
  4. Beck, V, Brewis, J & Davies, A, 2018, ‘The post-re/productive: researching the menopause’. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, vol 7., pp. 247-262
  5. Brewis, J, Beck, V, Davies, A & Matheson, J, 2017, ‘Menopause transition: effects on women’s economic participation’. Department for Education
  6. Hutchinson, J, Beck, V & Hooley, T, 2016, ‘The Evolution of NEET Policy and Practice in England by the Coalition Government’. Journal of Education and Work, vol 29., pp. 707-727
  7. Beck, V, Brook, P, Carter, B, Clark, I, Danford, A, Hammer, N, Kanji, S & Simms, M, 2016, ‘Work, Employment and Society sans frontières: extending and deepening our reach’. Work, Employment and Society, vol 30., pp. 211-219
  8. Beck, V & Williams, G, 2016, ‘Managing Older Workers’. ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)
  9. Beck, V, 2015, ‘Learning providers’ work with NEET young people’. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, vol 67., pp. 482-496
  10. Beck, V & Williams, G, 2015, ‘The (performance) management of retirement and the limits of individual choice’. Work, Employment and Society, vol 29., pp. 267-277
  11. Williams, G & Beck, V, 2015, ‘Redefining retirement: age equality and the rise of performance management’. Industrial Relations Journal, vol 46., pp. 365-380
  12. Beck, V & Williams, G, 2015, ‘UK Country Report iNGenBar – Intergenerational Bargaining: Towards integrated bargaining for younger and older workers in EU countries’. European Commission
  13. Beck, V, 2014, ‘Employers’ views of learning and training for an ageing workforce’. Management Learning, vol 45., pp. 200-215
  14. Beck, V, 2013, ‘Employers’ use of older workers in the recession’. Employee Relations, vol 35., pp. 257-271
  15. Azoury, M & Beck, V, 2012, ‘Learning for older workers in Bahrain’. International Journal of Education and Ageing, vol 2., pp. 89-104
  16. Beck, V & Quinn, M, 2012, ‘Differences and similarities between older and younger workers, the equalling effects of health’. Education + Training, vol 54., pp. 592-604
  17. Beck, V, 2011, ‘Extending working life: the retention of older workers’. in: Emma Parry, Shaun Tyson (eds) Managing an Age-Diverse Workforce. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 173-188
  18. Beck, V & Quinn, M, 2011, ‘The importance of health in promoting employability in the East Midlands’. Sociological Research Online, vol 16.
  19. Beck, V, 2010, ‘Older workers, older learners: the contribution of employers in the British East Midlands’. in: Working and ageing: Emerging theories and empirical perspectives. European Union, pp. 280-294
  20. Beck, V, 2009, ‘Older Workers – Older Learners, The perspectives of employers in the East Midlands’. Learning and Skills Council
  21. Beck, V, 2008, ‘Unemployed women and their roles - revisiting old debates and German examples’. Ex Æquo, vol 18., pp. 39-55
  22. Beck, V, Quinn, M, Dunn, A, Otter, ME, Hammer, N & Pitchforth, E, 2008, ‘The Economics of Health’. East Midlands Development Agency
  23. Beck, V, 2007, ‘Unemployment as a Community of Practice, Tales of survival in the new Germany’. in: Jason Hughes, Nick Jewson, Lorna Unwin (eds) Communities of Practice: Critical Perspectives. Routledge, pp. 144-155
  24. Beck, V, Fuller, A & Unwin, L, 2006, ‘Safety in stereotypes? The impact of gender and ‘race’ on young people’s perceptions of their post-compulsory education and labour market opportunities’. British Educational Research Journal, vol 32., pp. 667-686
  25. Beck, V, Fuller, A & Unwin, L, 2006, ‘Increasing risk in the ‘scary’ world of work? Male and female resistance to crossing gender lines in apprenticeships in England and Wales’. Journal of Education and Work, vol 19., pp. 217-289
  26. Fuller, A, Beck, V & Unwin, L, 2005, ‘The Gendered Nature of Apprenticeship: Employers’ and young people’s perspectives’. Education + Training, vol 47., pp. 298-311
  27. Beck, V, 2005, ‘Women, work and unemployment in post-war West Germany’. in: Eleanor Breuning, Jill Lewis, Gareth Pritchard (eds) Power and the People: A Social History of Central European Politics 1945-1956. Manchester University Press, pp. 219-234
  28. Fuller, A, Beck, V & Unwin, L, 2005, ‘Reproducing Stereotypes in the Modern Apprenticeship’. Equal Opportunities Commission, Manchester UK
  29. Beck, V, Fuller, A & Unwin, L, 2005, ‘Gendered careers and the Modern Apprenticeship – Employers, Young People and Gender Segregation in Wales’. Equal Opportunities Commission, UK
  30. Beck, V, Wagner, D & Grix, J, 2005, ‘Resilience and unemployment: A case study of East German Women’. German Politics, vol 14., pp. 1-13
  31. Beck, V, Clarke, L & Michielsens, E, 2003, ‘Overcoming marginalisation: structural obstacles and openings to integration in strongly segregated sectors’. European Commission
  32. Beck, V, 2003, ‘Female Unemployment in the East, Or: How to stay in the Labour Market’. in: Eva Kolinsky, Hildegard Maria Nickel (eds) Reinventing Gender? Women and the Transformation of East Germany. Frank Cass Publishers, pp. 172-189
  33. Beck, V, Clarke, L & Michielsens, E, 2003, ‘National Report United Kingdom: The Overcoming Marginalisation Project’. European Commission
  34. Beck, V & Clarke, L, 2002, ‘Gleichstellung von Frauen und ethnische Minderheiten in einem von Benachteiligungen geprägten Arbeitsmarkt: Das Beispiel Großbritannien’. Zeitschrift für Frauenforschung und Geschlechterstudien, vol 20., pp. 89-97
  35. Beck, V, 2000, ‘Managing Unemployment: Experiences and Strategies of Women in the New Bundesländer’. in: Chris Flockton, Eva Kolinsky, Rosalind Pritchard (eds) The New Germany in the East: Policy Agendas and Social Developments since Unification. Frank Cass Publishers, pp. 138-151
  36. Beck, V, 2000, ‘The Impact of Unemployment on Women in the New Bundesländer’. in: Paul Cooke, Jonathan Grix (eds) German Monitor: East Germany, Continuity and Change. Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 163-173

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