Valerie Egdell

Valerie Egdell

Dr Valerie Egdell

Associate Professor


Valerie Egdell is an Associate Professor in the Business School, Edinburgh Napier University. Valerie’s research interests are in employability; youth and older worker transitions; ageing; and welfare reform. She has worked on a number of projects for different funders such as the European Commission, the Scottish Government and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Valerie’s current research is on dementia in the workplace; age management in the workplace; and young people’s transitions into work.

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 with dementia mobilise their support networks and draw social, cultural and emotional resources to manage the demands of informal care.

Valerie is a PhD supervisor, and would be happy to supervise any PhD students with similar interests.





  • Reviewer for the journal 'Maturitas'
  • Reviewer for the journal 'Personnel Review'
  • Reviewer for the journal 'Canadian Journal on Aging'
  • Reviewer for the journal 'Ageing and Society'
  • Reviewer for the journal 'Voluntary Sector Review'
  • Reviewer for the journal 'Journal of Social Work'


Fellowships and Awards

  • Member of the British Society of Gerontology
  • Highly Commended Paper winner for the journal Employee Relations
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG


Grant Reviewer

  • Assessor for the Carnegie Trust


Conference Activity

  • Chair of the Employment Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University seminar series
  • Stream convenor at the ESPAnet 2016 conference


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Invited participant - expert roundtable on worklessness
  • Invited participant at an academic roundtable organised by the First Minister's Independent Advisor on Poverty


Media Activity

  • Employment Research Institute work is showcased in Flash-it Policy Snapshot


Invited Speaker

  • The Ageing Population and Employers in Scotland
  • The role of employability services in addressing long-term unemployment
  • Welfare Reform in Scotland


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • ESRC-MRC PhD studentship

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