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Dr Valerie Egdell

Associate Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Valerie Egdell is Associate 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 co-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

Key Publications

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  • A Capability Approach to Understand the Scarring Effects of Unemployment and Job Insecurity: Developing the Research Agenda, Egdell, V., Beck, V. 6 May 2020, In: Work, Employment and Society
  • A critique of the Capability Approach’s potential for application to career guidance, Egdell, V., Robertson, P. 25 Jul 2020, In: International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance
  • Age management in the workplace, Egdell, V., Maclean, G., Raeside, R., Chen, T. 1 Apr 2020, In: Ageing and Society
  • Dementia in the workplace, Egdell, V., Cook, M., Stavert, J., Ritchie, L., Tolson, D., Danson, M. 24 Sep 2019, In: Aging and Mental Health
  • Employer Policy and Practice Towards Older Workers in Hong Kong, Egdell, V., Fuertes, V., Tjandra, N., Chen, T. 5 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Aging and Social Policy
  • A capability approach to career development, Robertson, P., Egdell, V. 1 Oct 2018, In: Australian Journal of Career Development
  • Buying into Capitalism? Employee Ownership in a Disconnected Era, Brown, R., Mcquaid, R., Raeside, R., Dutton, M., Egdell, V., Canduela, J. 2018, In: British Journal of Industrial Relations
  • Employer Responses to Dementia in the Workplace in Scotland, Stavert, J., Ritchie, L., Danson, M., Egdell, V., Cook, M., Tolson, D. 2018
  • The legal implications of dementia in the workplace, Egdell, V., Stavert, J., McGregor, R. Nov 2018, In: Ageing and Society
  • Empowering Young People in Disempowering Times, Otto, H., Egdell, V., Bonvin, J., Atzmüller, R. 2017


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

PGR Supervision

Dan Cheng Start: 14/03/2019

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


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