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Professor Jo Brewis

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of People and Organisations
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for People and Organisations
  • joanna.brewis

Professional biography

I joined the OU in April 2018, having worked previously at the Universities of Leicester, Essex and Portsmouth. I have a BSc and a PhD from UMIST. I am co-editor of Culture and Organization and an Associate Editor for journals including Organization and Gender, Work and Organization.  In my spare time I follow the band British Sea Power doggedly around the country, watch far too much Netflix and reality TV and read anything and everything as long as it's fiction. I am also a lifelong Newcastle United fan, which means I spend every football season crossing my fingers.

Research interests

My research interests fall into two broad categories. First is the intersections between the body, sexuality, gender, emotions, identity, organizing and organizations, including publications on menopause transition and women’s economic participation and methodological considerations in organization studies deploying queer theory. The second is academic practices in organization studies research, including publications on research ethics and peer review.

Teaching interests

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and specialize in teaching research methodology, researcher development skills, organizational behaviour, organization studies and HRM at all levels.

Impact and engagement

I am the co-author of the 2017 government report The effects of menopause transition on women's economic participation in the UK. Together with my colleagues Vanessa Beck from the University of Bristol, Andrea Davies from De Montfort University, Sue Fish from StarFish Consulting and Deborah Garlick from Henpicked, I am working with a range of organizations including the Women's Business Council, the TUC and Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust to further the menopause in the workplace agenda.

You can watch a short video which summarizes our key arguments and recommendations here.