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Dr Laura Airey

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Locating Health and Illness: A Study of Women's Experiences in Two Contrasting Edinburgh Neighbourhoods
Master of Arts


I joined the Business School in October 2016. I am part of the Organisational Studies Group and I am currently working with Professor Wendy Loretto on a range of projects.


Prior to joining the Business School, I was based for several years at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh. During my time at CRFR I undertook a wide range of research projects and research impact evaluations.  


I hold a PhD in the Geography of Health Inequalities and an MA (Hons) in Geography and Social Policy, both from the University of Edinburgh.






Research Interests

I am a qualitative social science researcher, and my research interests span several disciplinary fields, including geography, sociology, social policy and public health.

Key research interests include:

  • Extending working lives/older people and employment
  • grandparenting roles and relationships
  • Lay experiences of combining paid employment and unpaid caring roles across the lifecourse

  • the health-relevance of structural inequalities and gendered social roles

  • lay accounts of health, illness and well-being

  • social and spatial inequalities in health



Current Research Interests


I am currently working with Professor Wendy Loretto on four research projects:

  • Older People and Employment in Scotland (Scottish Government)
  • Grandparenting and employment (University of Edinburgh/University of Brighton)

  • Negotiating civilian and military lives: Reserves, family and work’ (ESRC/MoD)

  • Uncertain futures: negotiating extended working lives (ESRC/MRC)

Research activities & awards

  1. Older workers, precarity and extended working lives

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Ageing and Society (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

  3. Supporting an ageing workforce: findings from research

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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