Dr Clare Edge

School of Health & Society

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Clare is a Lecturer in Psychology with a background in Community Psychology and advocacy on a community and national basis: she is a a changemaker. Her main interests are social, community and health psychology. She leads the WOW (Wellbeing of OlderWomen@Work) Network of researchers and stakeholders driving to share knowledge and make improvements to policy and practice with a focus on women in work across the life-course as they age. She is interested in the intersectional experiences of women and the gender diverse ageing experiences that communities face. Her PhD explored the psychosocial factors affecting workplace health and well being, in the context of extended working lives, with a focus on the gendered context to health and wellbeing using mixed research methods.

She previously taught at Manchester Metropolitan University (2017) and University of Salford (2013-2018) across a number of Psychology and Public Health related areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her professional background prior to starting her academic journey (2006-2013) was within the charity and voluntary sector and she led several projects including several successful grant applications to charitable trusts. Clare held a number of roles that primarily involved coordinating projects and campaigns on a national and regional basis. These range from mental ill health service evaluation projects to mentoring projects (DfE funded, Big Lottery funded and Hilton in the Community funded) led by young people. Clare is co-lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Psychology and sits on the University level Gender Equity Group.

Clare holds a BSc Psychology, an MSc Community Psychology and a PhD, and is a Member of the British Psychological Society and European Association of Social Psychology. Her doctoral research explored ageing in the workplace. This looked at health and wellbeing from a number of psychological and public health perspectives with a focus on ageing and the intersection of gender. Clare has a broad range of research interests, but the main topics she is interested in are well-being, gender based inequalities, and ageing. Clare successfully secured QR funding supported by UoS to run an event in June 2023 attended by over 50 academics and stakeholders. Clare is the founder and leader of a network of researchers (Working Older Women: WOW) exploring older women's workplace wellbeing involving over 25 countries and 70 researchers and stakeholders. Clare is currently exploring older women's workplace wellbeing in a qualitative study focusing on the experiences of women aged 60 and over using funding secured via UoS Reignite your Research Fund and has presented these findings internationally

Areas of research
Wellbeing, Workplace Wellbeing, Ageing, Life course gender based inequality

Areas of Research

women’s well-being across the life course, extended working life, self-perceptions of ageing in work, social norms in workplace relating to ageing and womanhood

Areas of Supervision

well-being at work, women’s well-being across the life course, well-being and ageing at work


Module Leader: L4 Psychology in Contemporary Contexts Psychology; L5 Social Psychology; L5 Further Research Methods; L6 Global Issues in Psychology

Contributor: L4 Intro to Developmental and Social Psychology; L6 Psychology and Health; MSc Applied Psychology: Research Methods

Supervisor: UG Dissertations, PGT Dissertations

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PhD Public Health, Wellness at Work & Behavioural Medicine

    2013 - 2017
  • MSc Community Psychology with Merit

    2012 - 2013
  • BSc Psychology 1st Class Honours

    2003 - 2006