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I am Lecturer in Politics at the University of the West of Scotland in the United Kingdom. I conduct research on public and social policy, focussing on policy governance, labour market and welfare policies, and socio-economic disadvantages. I worked as a researcher at the Employment Research Institute since 2005 and have conducted a variety of research studies for diverse funders such as the Scottish Government, SDS, ILO, and the European Commission. My research projects have involved liaising with a number of stakeholders and producing evidence-based policy recommendations using several methodologies. I obtained my Ph.D. from Edinburgh Napier University in 2017. My recent publications have appeared in the journal Public Administration, the journal of Social Policy and Administration, and the International Journal of Social Welfare. My teaching is student-centred and research-informed, and underpinned by critical and inquiry-based pedagogies.


Area of academic expertise - outline

My research has focused on the impact of governance and institutional logics on the development, implementation, and delivery of policy. This research has been particularly centred on the challenges to vertical and horizontal coordination of public, private, and third sector actors in an increasingly decentralised and contractualised policy landscape. In this subject area, I have examined a number of policy fields, such as welfare and social security, education and skills, and labour market policies, and a number of policy actors, including decision makers, overseeing agencies, service providers, and service-users.

My research has also included labour market disadvantages and employability, protected characteristics and human resource management in large and small and medium-sized enterprises, including issues of age, gender, education, and socio-economic class.

More recently my research has looked into the impact of governance and institutions, professional values and commercial pressures in labour processes and occupations such as health care professionals and employability advisors.


  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • Local government
  • Policy coordination
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • Welfare reforms
  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
  • Public policy
  • Social policy

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activation Social Sciences
governance Social Sciences
labor market Social Sciences
employment service Social Sciences
employability Social Sciences
working life Social Sciences
employment policy Social Sciences
personalization Social Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2019

  • 7 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Literature review

Employer policy and practice toward older workers in Hong Kong: the role of shifting intergenerational dynamics

Egdell, V., Fuertes, V., Tjandra, N. C. & Chen, T., 20 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Aging & Social Policy. 31, 5, p. 445-466 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hong Kong
labor market
Qualitative Research

Does individualized employment support deliver what is promised? findings from three European cities

Rice, D., Fuertes, V. & Monticelli, L., 30 Oct 2018, In : International Social Security Review. 71, 4, p. 91-109 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

European Employment Strategy
employment agency
target group

Local worlds of coordinated activation policy

Zimmermann, K., Fuertes, V. & Aurich-Beerheide, P., 29 Jan 2016, Integrating Social and Employment Policies in Europe: Active Inclusion and Challenges for Local Welfare Governance. Heidenreich, M. & Rice, D. (eds.). Cheltenham, Gloucester: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 235-264 30 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

policy area
welfare state
nation state

Personalization and street-level practice in activation: the case of the UK's work programme

Fuertes, V. & Lindsay, C., Jun 2016, In : Public Administration. 94, 2, p. 526-541

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



Highly Commended Paper

Vanesa Fuertes (Recipient), Valerie Egdell (Recipient) & Ronald McQuaid (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

working life

Activities 2017 2019

  • 5 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Membership of network
  • 1 Invited talk


Michael Pugh (Organiser), Colin Clark (Keynote/plenary speaker), Vanesa Fuertes (Chair), Ewan Gibbs (Chair), Mark McNally (Chair)
20 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Working in Healthcare

Vanesa Fuertes (Organiser), Gavin Maclean (Organiser)
8 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum: ‘A Business Pledge That Works for All’

Hartwig Pautz (Organiser), Vanesa Fuertes (Organiser), Rhiannon Sims (Organiser)
27 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

BSA Work, Employment and Society annual conference

Vanesa Fuertes (Participant)
12 Sep 201814 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Progressive Futures for Social Security, Fair Work, and Employment Support in Scotland

Vanesa Fuertes (Organiser), Colin Lindsay (Organiser)
19 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course