Dr Edward Tolhurst

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Health Research

About me

I am the Course Leader for the BSc in Health & Social Care.


  • PhD in Ageing and Mental Health - Staffordshire University

  • PG Cert in Higher and Professional Education - Staffordshire University

  • MA in Social Research - University of Warwick

  • BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy - University of Liverpool

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Board member of the European Sociological Association's (ESA) Ageing in Europe network

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

In April 2016, I convened the 5th International PhD Workshop of the ESA Ageing in Europe Network, hosted by The University of Chester.

Research Interests

My particular research focus is the experience of dementia and how this is shaped by relationships, social location and sociocultural factors.

Further academic interests include sociological theory, the social epistemology of qualitative research, and the philosophy of social science.

I am a member of the School of Health and Social Care research ethics committee.

Selected Publications


Tolhurst, E., Weicht, B. & Kingston, P. (2017) Narrative Collisions, Sociocultural Pressures and Dementia: The relational basis of personhood reconsidered. Sociology of Health and Illness, 39(2): 212-226.

Tolhurst, E. & Weicht, B. (2017) Preserving Personhood: The strategies of men negotiating the experience of dementia. Journal of Aging Studies, 40: 29-35.

Tolhurst, E. (2016) The Burgeoning Interest in Young Onset Dementia: Redressing the balance or reinforcing ageism? International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, 10(2): 9-29.

Tolhurst, E. (2015) The Experiential Impact of Cognitive Function Tests upon Men with Dementia and their Carers. The Journal of New Writing in Health & Social Care, 2(1): 1-13.

Tolhurst, E., Bhattacharyya, S. & Kingston, P. (2014) Young Onset Dementia: the impact of emergent age-based factors upon personhood. Dementia, 13(2): 193-206.

Tolhurst, E. (2014) The NHS Research Governance Process: A researcher’s experience. The Journal of New Writing in Health and Social Care. 1(1): 23-33.

Tolhurst, E. & Kingston, P. (2013) Understanding the Experience of Dementia: Utilising the theoretical insights of ‘status passage’. Social Theory & Health, 11(2): 175–193.

Tolhurst, E. (2012) Grounded Theory Method: Sociology's quest for exclusive items of inquiry. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(3), Art. 26.

Conference presentations
23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology – Tampere, Finland: ‘Stoical acceptance and active endeavour: the strategies of men negotiating the experience of dementia’ (June 2016).

International Institute of Qualitative Methodology, 15th Qualitative Methods Conference - Glasgow: ‘Qualitative inquiry and the sociological imagination: narrative collisions, sociocultural pressures and dementia’ (May 2016).

10th UK Dementia Congress - Telford: ‘The experiential impacts of cognitive function tests upon men with dementia and their carers’ (November, 2015).

12th European Sociological Association Conference – Prague: ‘“Sod tomorrow”: the perspectives of dementia carers on making plans for the future’ (September 2015).

ESA Research Network - Ageing in Europe, 2nd Mid-term Conference – Klagenfurt, Austria: ‘The burgeoning focus on young onset dementia: redressing the balance or reflecting ageism?’ (September 2014).

ESFR, 7th Annual Congress – Madrid: Invited Symposium (coordinator and presenter) ‘Dementia and the family: developing a textured relational framework’, with Benbow, S., Hellström, I. & Lovatt, M. (September 2014).

QHR, 19th Annual Conference - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada: ‘Joint interviews and research into the experience of dementia’ (October, 2013).

ESA Research Network - Ageing in Europe, 3rd International PhD Workshop - Porto, Portugal: ‘Conceptualising social pressures and their impact on ageing: can qualitative research address macro-consequences of crisis and change?’ (July 2012).

Current Teaching

I teach on a number of modules on the BSc in Health & Social Care, and BSc in Health Studies including Leadership, Dementia Awareness, and Healthy Individuals through the Lifespan. I am also the lead for the Masters module Research Methods and Methodologies. I currently supervise two doctoral students.


Dr Edward Tolhurst
School of Social Work, Allied and Public Health (Advice & Post Qualifying Social Work)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Blackheath Lane
ST18 0AD
t: +44 (0)1785 353662
t: +44 (0)1782 294959
e: e.tolhurst@staffs.ac.uk