Dr Bianca Stumbitz


Dr Bianca Stumbitz
NameDr Bianca Stumbitz
Job titleSenior Research Fellow
Research institute
Primary appointmentCentre for Enterprise, Environment and Development Research
Email addressb.stumbitz@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6399-9507
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

My key research interests include diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with an emphasis on gender and work-family related issues, as well as working conditions more broadly. I have specialist knowledge on the subject of maternity and paternity workplace policies and practices across the world, and have recently undertaken related research in Ghana, South Africa and Malaysia. I am currently Principal Investigator on a three-year ESRC-funded study on the Transition to Parenthood in UK SMEs, in collaboration with Working Families and the Fatherhood Institute. In another current study I am exploring awareness of menopause symptoms and workplace support in the higher education context. A further key stream of my work is related to social enterprise. Recent projects include studies on the role of community businesses in providing health and wellbeing services and ‘good work’, and on alternative social enterprise models for delivering health and social care public services. Funders of my work have included the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the European Commission. As part of my work, I have been advising multiple stakeholders, including employers, trade unions, government departments, international organizations and NGOs. I co-lead the Middlesex University Gender & Diversity Research Cluster, the International Committee of the US-based Work and Family Researchers Network, and I am a member of the Maternity Protection Committee of the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

Teaching

Bianca is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Her Teaching interests include qualitative research methods; small business and (social and gendered) entrepreneurship; equality, diversity and inclusion; and HRM.

PhD Research Training

HRM4030 - Research Methods

HRM3011 - Contemporary Issues in HRM

HRM4415 - Research Methods

SOC4100 - Research Design and Ethics

MGT3999 - Research Project

MGT3193 - Business Start-Ups

MGT2321-6/MGT2421 - Principles of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Education and qualifications

PhD

'Social Entrepreneurship Shaped by the Life Course: A Case Study of Older Social Entrepreneurs in the UK', Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)

Middlesex University Business School
MSc Research Methods for Business and Management
Middlesex University Business School
MRE (Magistra Rerum Europae) European Studies
University of Osnabrück, Germany
MA Modern European Studies
University of North London (Metropolitan University)

Grants

Transition to Parenthood in UK SMEs

Becoming a parent is one of the most impactful processes in a person’s working life course. Expecting and new parents are entitled to a range of workplace supports to help them during this time of transition. Yet, most research on the experiences of pregnancy or parenthood and employment focuses on large firms and thereby excludes the experiences of the majority of employers and employees who become parents both in the UK and globally.

The study will address this knowledge gap by examining how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs, 1-249 staff) manage their businesses and staffing when their employees (both mothers and fathers) become parents. The project team includes researchers from the Universities of Middlesex, Manchester and Leeds, as well as the charities Working Families and the Fatherhood Institute.

01 Jun 2022
ES/W01002X/1
Economic and Social Research Council
Social enterprise as a catalyst for sustainable and healthy local food systems
02 May 2022
UKRI
Scaling up Dance to Health and social franchising models
01 Nov 2021
AESOP
Good Work and Community Business - identifying pathways to good practice
01 Apr 2019

Prizes and Awards

Research outputs

Newham working student pilot project summary report

Clark, N., Keles, J., Stumbitz, B. and Woodcock, J. 2020. Newham working student pilot project summary report. London, UK Middlesex University. https://doi.org/10.22023/mdx.12937253.v1

A Southern encounter: Maternal body work and low-income mothers in South Africa

Stumbitz, B. and Jaga, A. 2020. A Southern encounter: Maternal body work and low-income mothers in South Africa. Gender, Work and Organization. 27 (6), pp. 1485-1500. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12527

Social enterprises and their ecosystems in Europe

Stumbitz, B., Vickers, I. and Lyon, F. 2019. Social enterprises and their ecosystems in Europe. Luxembourg European Union. https://doi.org/10.2767/330252

Maternity protection in formal and informal economy workplaces: The case of Ghana

Stumbitz, B., Lewis, S., Kyei, A. and Lyon, F. 2018. Maternity protection in formal and informal economy workplaces: The case of Ghana. World Development. 110, pp. 373-384. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.06.007

Maternity management in SMEs: a transdisciplinary review and research agenda

Stumbitz, B., Lewis, S. and Rouse, J. 2018. Maternity management in SMEs: a transdisciplinary review and research agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews. 20 (2), pp. 500-522. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12143

Research on work and family – some issues and challenges

Lewis, S. and Stumbitz, B. 2017. Research on work and family – some issues and challenges. in: Liebig, B. and Oechsle, M. (ed.) Fathers in Work Organizations: Inequalities and Capabilities, Rationalities and Politics Opladen Barbara Budrich. pp. 227-245

Maternity protection in SMEs: an international review

Lewis, S., Stumbitz, B., Miles, L. and Rouse, J. 2014. Maternity protection in SMEs: an international review. Geneva International Labour Organization.

Social entrepreneurship shaped by the life course: a case study of older social entrepreneurs in the UK

Stumbitz, B. 2013. Social entrepreneurship shaped by the life course: a case study of older social entrepreneurs in the UK. PhD thesis Middlesex University Business School

Can better working conditions improve the performance of SMEs? An international literature review

Croucher, R., Stumbitz, B., Quinlan, M. and Vickers, I. 2013. Can better working conditions improve the performance of SMEs? An international literature review. Geneva, Switzerland International Labour Organization.
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