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Professor Jo Brewis

Profile summary

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. In my spare time I follow the band Sea Power doggedly around the country, watch far too much rubbish 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. As an independent panel member for Menopause Friendly Accreditation amongst other activities, I am working to further the menopause in the workplace agenda.


Employment leave for early pregnancy endings: a biopolitical reproductive governance analysis in England and Wales (2024-01)
Middlemiss, Aimee; Boncori, Ilaria; Brewis, Joanna; Davies, Julie and Newton, Victoria
Gender, Work and Organization, 31(1) (pp. 75-91)

Rompendo hegemonias sobre corpos e organizações [Breaking hegemonies over bodies and organizations] (2022-06-27)
Rampazo, Adriana Vinholi; Saraiva, Luiz Alex Silva; Souza, Eloísio Moulin de; Brewis, Joanna and O'Shea, Saoirse
Revista de Administração de Empresas, 62(4)

Fertility treatment and organisational discourses of the non-reproductive female body (2022)
Cervi, Lucia and Brewis, Joanna
Gender, Work and Organization, 29(1) (pp. 8-27)

Abjection in extremely gendered colonial organizations: female military firefighter officers in Brazil (2022)
de Souza, Eloisio Moulin; Brewis, Joanna and Godfrey, Richard
Human Relations (pp. 1-24)

Menopause in the Brazilian Workplace: A Research Agenda for Scholars of Management and Organization Studies (2022)
Brewis, Jo
Revista de Administração de Empresas, 62, Article e0000-0023(4)

Women’s experiences of menopause at work and performance management (2021-05-01)
Beck, Vanessa; Brewis, Jo and Davies, Andrea
Organization, 28(3) (pp. 510-520)

Menopause and the workplace: new directions in HRM research and HR practice (2021-01)
Atkinson, Carol; Beck, Vanessa; Brewis, Joanna; Davies, Andrea and Duberley, Joanne
Human Resource Management Journal, 31(1) (pp. 49-64)

Rolling with the punches: receiving peer reviews as prescriptive emotion management (2021)
Brewis, Joanna
Culture and Organization, 27(3) (pp. 267-284)

[Editorial] The health and socioeconomic impact on menopausal women of working from home (2020-07)
Brewis, Jo
Case Reports in Women's Health, 27, Article e00229

The remains of the taboo: experiences, attitudes, and knowledge about menopause in the workplace (2020)
Beck, Vanessa; Brewis, Joanna and Davies, Andrea
Climacteric, 23(2) (pp. 158-164)

Talkin’ ‘bout a revolution? From quiescence to resistance in the contemporary university (2020)
Bowes-Catton, Helen; Brewis, Joanna; Clarke, Caroline; Drake, Deborah; Gilmour, Alison and Penn, Alison
Management Learning, 51(4) (pp. 378-397)

[Editorial] Carne – flesh and organization (2019-08-08)
Boncori, Ilaria; Brewis, Jo; Sicca, Luigi Maria and Smith, Charlie
Culture and Organization, 25(4) (pp. 249-252)

Queering Queer Theory in Management and Organization Studies: Notes toward queering heterosexuality (2019-04-01)
Rumens, Nick; de Souza, Eloisio Moulin and Brewis, Jo
Organization Studies, 40(4) (pp. 593-612)

The organizational gendering of adulting: negotiating age and gender in the workplace (2019)
Riach, Kathleen and Brewis, Joanna
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity, 5(1)

’Nowhere else sells bliss like this’: Exploring the emotional labour of soldiers at war (2018-11)
Godfrey, Richard and Brewis, Joanna
Gender, Work and Organization, 25(6) (pp. 653-669)

‘Never call me a mercenary’: Identity work, stigma management and the private security contractor (2018-05-01)
Brewis, Joanna and Godfrey, Richard
Organization, 25(3) (pp. 335-353)

On interference, collegiality and co-authorship: Peer review of journal articles in management and organization studies (2018-01-31)
Brewis, Joanna
Organization, 25(1) (pp. 21-41)

The post-/reproductive: researching the menopause (2018)
Beck, Vanessa; Brewis, Jo and Davies, Andrea
Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 7(3) (pp. 247-262)

Developing workplace menopause policies: four reasons why, and how (2018)
Beck, V.; Brewis, J.; Davies, A.; Fish, S. and Garlick, D.
Occupational Health at Work, 15(3) (pp. 22-25)

The Ethics of Researching Friends: On Convenience Sampling in Qualitative Management and Organization Studies (2014-10-18)
Brewis, Joanna
British Journal of Management, 25(4) (pp. 849-862)

The private military industry and neoliberal imperialism: Mapping the terrain (2014-01-01)
Godfrey, Richard; Brewis, Joanna; Grady, Jo and Grocott, Chris
Organization, 21(1) (pp. 106-125)

Biceps, Bitches and Borgs: Reading Jarhead’s Representation of the Construction of the (Masculine) Military Body (2012-04-01)
Godfrey, Richard; Lilley, Simon and Brewis, Joanna
Organization Studies, 33(4) (pp. 541-562)

Cis women's bodies at work: co‐modification and (in)visibility in organization and management studies and menopause at work scholarship (0202-07)
Beck, Vanessa; Brewis, Jo; Davies, Andrea and Matheson, Jesse
International Journal of Management Reviews, 25(3) (pp. 495-514)

Menopause at work (2025)
Ruel, Stefanie and Brewis, Jo
In: Helms Mills, Jean; Mills, Albert; Williams, Kristen and Bendl, Regine eds. Encyclopedia of Gender and Management
ISBN : 978 1 80392 205 8 | Publisher : Edward Elgar (In Press) | Published : Cheltenham, UK

From extreme to mundane? The changing face of paramedicine in the UK Ambulance Service (2019-05-16)
Brewis, Joanna and Godfrey, Richard
In: Wankhade, Paresh; McCann, Leo and Murphy, Peter eds. Critical Perspectives on the Management and Organization of Emergency Services (pp. 179-199)
ISBN : 9781138097650 | Publisher : Routledge

Menopause awareness and higher education - guidance (2020-10-29)
Brewis, Joanna
Advance HE

Menopause and the workplace (2019-03)
Brewis, Joanna
The Open University

The Effects of Menopause Transition on Women’s Economic Participation in the UK (2017)
Brewis, Joanna; Beck, Vanessa; Davies, Andrea and Matheson, Jesse
Department for Education, London.