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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 Scottish Government and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Valerie is editorial board member for the journal Ageing & Society and on the Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology. She is convenor of the Sustainable Working Futures Research Interest Group at Northumbria University.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, 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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