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Valerie Egdell is Professor of Work and Employment at Newcastle Business School. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in social gerontology, social policy, and social geography. Her research focuses on age management in the workplace; youth and older worker transitions; and dementia and the workplace. She has applied the Capability Approach to examine careers guidance practice and the scarring effects of unemployment. She has undertaken research funded by a range of funders including the European Commission, the Alzheimer's Society and the Scottish Government.

Valerie is editorial board member for the journal Ageing & Society and on the Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology

Valerie has a degree in Geography from Durham University; and an MA in Human Geography Research and a PhD from Newcastle University. Her PhD examined how carers of people living with dementia mobilise their support networks and draw on their social, cultural and emotional resources.

Research interests

  • Age management in the workplace
  • Older worker transitions
  • Dementia and the workplace
  • Young people's expectations of the workplace
  • The Capability Approach
  • The scarring effects of unemployment and/or a poor start in the labour market

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, The Changing Landscapes of Informal Dementia Care: Mapping the Sites, Stages and Support, Newcastle University

Award Date: 18 Feb 2010

Geography, MA, Newcastle University

Award Date: 9 Oct 2006

Geography, BSc (Hons), Durham University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005


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