Professor Claire Wallace

Professor Claire Wallace
B.A.(Hons), PhD.

Chair in Sociology

Professor Claire Wallace
Professor Claire Wallace

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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. 



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

Latest Publications

  • Media Tourism and Its Role in Sustaining Scotland’s Tourism Industry

    Garrison, S., Wallace, C.

  • Between State, Market and Family: Changing childcare policies in urban China and the implications for working mothers

    Wallace, C.

  • Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Rural broadband and digital only services inquiry

    Wallace, C. D., Philip, L. J.

  • Gypsy–Traveller communities in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands: socially and digitally excluded?

    Townsend, L., Salemink, K., Wallace, C. D.

  • Gathering together: social capital, cultural capital, the value of cultural heritage in a digital age

    Beel, D., Wallace, C.

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Memberships and Affiliations


Equality and Diversity Committee, School of Social Science


Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, 

Member of the European Sociological Association

Member of the International Sociological Association


Research Areas


  • Social Policy
  • Social Sciences
  • 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

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 (




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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