Dr Vanessa Beck

Dr Vanessa Beck

Dr Vanessa Beck
Associate Professor in Work and Organisation

Howard House, Queen's Avenue, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 42 84647

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. 


EFIM20031 Management Reflection and Development in Practice

EFIMM0045 Researching Organisations, Institutions and Management

Latest publications

  1. Beck, VA, Brewis, J & Davies, A, 2019, ‘Women’s experiences of menopause transition and performance management’. Organization.
  2. Beck, VA, Brewis, J & Davies, A, 2019, ‘The remains of the taboo: experiences, attitudes and knowledge about menopause in the workplace’. Climacteric.
  3. Beck, VA & Brook, P, 2019, ‘Solidarities in and through Work in an Age of Extremes’. Work, Employment and Society.
  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. 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
  6. Beck, V, 2018, ‘Capabilities and choices of vulnerable, long-term unemployed individuals’. Work, Employment and Society, vol 32., pp. 3-19
  7. 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
  8. Brewis, J, Beck, V, Davies, A & Matheson, J, 2017, ‘Menopause transition: effects on women’s economic participation’. Department for Education
  9. Beck, V & Williams, G, 2016, ‘Managing Older Workers’. ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Williams, G & Beck, V, 2015, ‘Redefining retirement: age equality and the rise of performance management’. Industrial Relations Journal, vol 46., pp. 365-380
  14. Beck, V & Williams, G, 2015, ‘UK Country Report iNGenBar – Intergenerational Bargaining: Towards integrated bargaining for younger and older workers in EU countries’. European Commission
  15. Beck, V, 2015, ‘Learning providers’ work with NEET young people’. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, vol 67., pp. 482-496
  16. Beck, V, 2014, ‘Employers’ views of learning and training for an ageing workforce’. Management Learning, vol 45., pp. 200-215
  17. Beck, V, 2013, ‘Employers’ use of older workers in the recession’. Employee Relations, vol 35., pp. 257-271
  18. 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
  19. Azoury, M & Beck, V, 2012, ‘Learning for older workers in Bahrain’. International Journal of Education and Ageing, vol 2., pp. 89-104
  20. 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
  21. Beck, V & Quinn, M, 2011, ‘The importance of health in promoting employability in the East Midlands’. Sociological Research Online, vol 16.
  22. 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
  23. Beck, V, 2009, ‘Older Workers – Older Learners, The perspectives of employers in the East Midlands’. Learning and Skills Council
  24. Beck, V, 2008, ‘Unemployed women and their roles - revisiting old debates and German examples’. Ex Æquo, vol 18., pp. 39-55
  25. Beck, V, Quinn, M, Dunn, A, Otter, ME, Hammer, N & Pitchforth, E, 2008, ‘The Economics of Health’. East Midlands Development Agency
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. Fuller, A, Beck, V & Unwin, L, 2005, ‘Reproducing Stereotypes in the Modern Apprenticeship’. Equal Opportunities Commission, Manchester UK
  32. 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
  33. Beck, V, Wagner, D & Grix, J, 2005, ‘Resilience and unemployment: A case study of East German Women’. German Politics, vol 14., pp. 1-13
  34. Beck, V, Clarke, L & Michielsens, E, 2003, ‘Overcoming marginalisation: structural obstacles and openings to integration in strongly segregated sectors’. European Commission
  35. Beck, V, Clarke, L & Michielsens, E, 2003, ‘National Report United Kingdom: The Overcoming Marginalisation Project’. European Commission
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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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