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I am a Reader in Work and Organization and have worked at Bristol since 2017. I am interested in individuals and groups at the margins of the labour market, including those who are unemployed or underemployed, and who experience multiple and complex barriers to (decent) employment. My work centres on the interrelationship between individual experiences and social or structural contexts, with a particular focus on gender and age.
I am currently leading an ESRC-funded project entitled: "A sociological investigation of underemployment and the lived experiences of underemployed workers". The team for this three year, mixed methods project also includes Prof Tracey Warren and Dr Luis Torres-Retamal from the University of Nottingham, Dr Vanesa Fuertes from the University of the West of Scotland, and Dr Daiga Kamērade of the University of Salford. From January 2023 until January 2026, the team will analyse the intersectionality of characteristics and effects of underemployment using qualitative and quantitative data in an iterative manner. By fully understand lived experiences of underemployment the aim is improve circumstances for underemployed people, their families and communities, and also importantly employers and the economy, who might not be making best use of the labour force abilities or skills.
In the past, I have undertaken extensive research into unemployment and redundancy, as well as the the managmeent of older workers, in particular in relation to menopause transitions in the workplace. My research has been funded by the European Commission, the UK Government’s Equality Office, ACAS, the Independent Social Research Foundation and the ESRC. I publish in journals such as Work, Employment and Society, Human Resource Management Journal, Organization, Education + Training, and the Journal of Education and Work.
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- Ageing Futures
- Perspectives on Work
- Smart Networks for Sustainable Futures
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A sociological investigation of underemployment and the lived experiences of underemployed workers
2/01/23 → 1/01/26
The MenoMakers' Handling Box
Beck, V. A., Hammett, J. & Nash, L.
17/12/21 → 31/07/22
Experience of menopause in the Financial Services Industry
Beck, V. A. & Fawcett Society
1/04/21 → 31/10/21
Cis women’s bodies at work: co-modification and (in)visibility in organization and management studies and menopause at work scholarshipBeck, V. A., Brewis, J., Davies, A. & Matheson, J., 25 Nov 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: International Journal of Management Reviews. 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile31 Downloads (Pure)
Menopause as a well-being strategy: organizational effectiveness, gendered ageism and racismTargett, R. I. & Beck, V. A., 1 Mar 2022, In: Post-Reproductive Health. 28, 1, p. 23-27 5 p.
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Occupational social class differences in the impact of COVID-19 related employment disruptions on retirement planning amongst older workers in EnglandRowson, T., Beck, V. A., Hyde, M. & Evans, E., 30 Nov 2022, In: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults. 23, 4, p. 174-184 11 p.
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Maria Rosario Carvajal Munoz
Vanessa A Beck (Host)4 Jul 2022 → 8 Jul 2022
Activity: Hosting a visitor types › Hosting an academic visitor
Work, Employment and Society (Journal)
Vanessa A Beck (Editor)1 Jan 2015 → Dec 2017
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Editorial activity