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Prof Valerie Egdell


Department: Newcastle Business School

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.

Valerie Egdell

Research Themes and Scholarly 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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A critique of the Capability Approach’s potential for application to career guidance, Egdell, V., Robertson, P. 1 Jul 2021, In: International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance
  • Dementia in the workplace: are employers supporting employees living with dementia?, Egdell, V., Cook, M., Stavert, J., Ritchie, L., Tolson, D., Danson, M. 2 Jan 2021, In: Aging and Mental Health
  • Dementia in the workplace: the implications for career development practice, Bolger, E., Egdell, V., Ritchie, L. 2 Apr 2021, In: British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
  • Everyday citizenship and people with dementia edited by Ann‐Charlotte Nedlund, Ruth Bartlett and Charlotte L.Clarke Edinburgh, Dunedin Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781780460826, £21.50 (Pbk), Egdell, V. 1 Dec 2021, In: Social Policy & Administration
  • ‘I Find it Daunting . . . That I’m Gonna Have to Deal with This until 60’: Extended Working Lives and the Sustainable Employability of Operational Firefighters , Egdell, V., Hussein, R., Harrison, D., Bader, A., Wilson, R. 15 Oct 2021, In: Work, Employment and Society
  • Workplace Preparedness for an Ageing Workforce: A Case Study, Egdell, V., Maclean, G., Chen, T., Raeside, R. 21 Sep 2021, In: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
  • Young People’s Expectations of Work and the Readiness of the Workplace for Young People: Two Sides of the Same Coin?, Grant, K., Egdell, V., Vincent, D. May 2021
  • A Capability Approach to Understand the Scarring Effects of Unemployment and Job Insecurity: Developing the Research Agenda, Egdell, V., Beck, V. 1 Oct 2020, In: Work, Employment and Society
  • Age management in the workplace: Manager and older worker accounts of policy and practice, Egdell, V., Maclean, G., Raeside, R., Chen, T. 1 Apr 2020, In: Ageing and Society
  • Dementia, Work and Employability: Using the Capability Approach to understand the employability potential for people living with dementia, Ritchie, L., Egdell, V., Danson, M., Cook, M., Stavert, J., Tolson, D. 2 Dec 2020, In: Work, Employment and Society

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Membership of network: Supporting Healthy Ageing at Work (SHAW) Knowledge Network (External organisation) 2021
  • Publication Peer-review: Children and Youth Services Review (Journal) 2021
  • Other: Developing an evidence-based health and wellbeing resource pack to improve employee engagement 2021
  • Publication Peer-review: Employee Relations (Journal) 2021
  • Publication Peer-review: Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Journal) 2020
  • Publication Peer-review: Work, Aging and Retirement (Journal) 2020
  • Invited talk: Older Workers in Great Britain: Perspectives from the devolved nations 2019
  • Oral presentation: Dementia in the workplace: the implications for career development practice 2019
  • Oral presentation: Dementia, work and employability: Using the Capability Approach to understand the employability potential for people with dementia 2019
  • Invited talk: Dementia in the workplace: are employers supporting employees with dementia 2019

PGR Supervision

Dan Cheng Determinants of perceived quality of life among older Chinese tourists Start Date: 14/03/2019 End Date: 30/11/2021


  • Geography PhD February 18 2010
  • Geography MA October 09 2006
  • Geography BSc (Hons) June 30 2005
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2018

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