Professor Claire Wallace

Professor Claire Wallace
Professor Claire Wallace

Professor Claire Wallace

B.A.(Hons), PhD.

Chair in Sociology



After graduating from the University of Kent, Claire Wallace taught at Plymouth and Lancaster Universities. During the early 1990s, she helped to set up the Sociology Department at the Central European University Prague, before moving to the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, where she became Head of Sociology.  She has been Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen since 2005

Claire Wallace served as  President of the European Sociological Association, 2007-2009 and was editor of their flagship journal "European Societies". 

Within Aberdeen, she was Director of Research for the College of Arts and Social Sciences, 2008-2011 and then became Vice-Principal for Research and Knowledge Exchange for the University, 2011-2014.  


Claire Wallace has been researching quality of life and was Director of the European Observatory on Social Cohesion and Trust,  2005-2006.   She spent many years working on transitions in Eastern Europe including projects on health in the former Soviet Union, national, regional and European identity as well as work, family and care across Europe. 

More recently, she was a co-investigator at the  Rural Digital Economy Hub (dot.rural) which was aimed at transforming rural areas in the UK using digital technology.  The project was funded by the RCUK, a joint UK research council initiative on the theme of Digital Economy.  As part of this research team she was also partner in the Cultures and Community Network Plus set of projects funded by the EPSRC. 

At present she is a Principal Investigator on an Horizon 2020 Project about Cultural Tourism ( and a partner of the  ESRC-sponsored Research Centre DIGIT, focused on digital working (,

Postgraduate Supervision

Claire Wallace would welcome postgraduate students in the following fields: work, care and welfare, quality of life, cultural tourism, digital working and the role of the digital economy in rural areas. 



  • BSc Sociology and Social Anthropology 
    1978 - University of Kent 
  • PhD Sociology 
    1985 - University of Kent 
    Claire Wallace's PhD was about young people leaving school and unemployment on the Isle of Sheppey

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Equality and Diversity Committee, School of Social Science

External Memberships

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, 

Member of the European Sociological Association

Member of the International Sociological Association

Latest Publications

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Research Overview

Claire Wallace is currently Principal Investigator on two projects: Cultural Tourism and Digital Working.

The first is sponsored by Horizon 2020 of the European Union and is comparing cultural tourism in different parts of Europe (  The Aberdeen part of this is looking at media tourism - that is Tourism related to films, books, TV series

The second project is sponsored by the ESRC and is looking at the future frontiers in digital working (


Research Areas

Research Specialisms

  • Social Sciences
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.



Teaching Responsibilities

Director of Fourth Year Option "European Societies"


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  • Gender, Sexuality and Power

    Abbott, P. A., Wallace, C. D. (ed.)
    Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom. 199 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • "Young People and Youth Policies in Germany"

    Wallace, C. D.
    Youth and Policy, vol. 32, pp. 20-29
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • "Young People in Rural South West England"

    Wallace, C. D.
    Youth and Policy, pp. 10-17
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Education and Training in Britain and Germany:: Past Trends and Future Prospects

    Wallace, C. D.
    Social Studies Review, vol. 6, pp. 143-148
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • New Patterns of Gender Identity in Youth? Or Old Ones Reconsidered

    Wallace, C. D.
    The Life Course and Social Change. Heinz, W. R. (ed.). Deutsche Studien Verlag
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Young People, Youth Policies and Family Coping Strategies in Britain

    Wallace, C. D.
    Mitteilungen des Instituts für Wissenschaft und Kunst, vol. 1991, no. 1, pp. 42-47
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Beyond Individualisation: what sort of social change?

    Wallace, C. D., Jones, 1.
    Childhood, Youth and Social Change. Chisholm, L., Beuchner, P., Krueger, H., Brown, P. (eds.). Routledge, pp. 134-154
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Introduction: Youth in Transition

    Wallace, C. D., Cross, M.
    Youth in Transition. Wallace, C., Cross, M. (eds.). Falmer Press, pp. 1-10
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Youth in Transition: Sociology of Youth and Youth Policy

    Wallace, C. D., Cross, M. (ed.)
    Falmer, London, United Kingdom. 201 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Social Work and Nursing: A History

    Wallace, C. D., Abbott, P. A.
    The Sociology of the Caring Professions. Wallace, C., Abbott, P. (eds.). 1 edition. Falmer Press, pp. 10-28
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
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