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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  • The Sociology of the Caring Professions

    Wallace, C. D. (ed.), Abbott, P. A. (ed.)

    Falmer, London, United Kingdom. 179 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • The Sociology of the Caring Professions: An Introduction

    Wallace, C. D., Abbott, P. A.

    The Sociology of the Caring Professions. Abbott, P., Wallace, C. (eds.). Routledge/Falmer, pp. 1-9, 9 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Some Alternatives in Youth Training: Franchise and Corporatist Models

    Wallace, C. D., Chandler, E.

    Training and its Alternatives. Gleeson, D. (ed.). Open University Press, pp. 91-110

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives

    Wallace, C. D., Abbott, P. A.

    Routledge, London, United Kingdom. 252 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Jenseits von Individualisierungstendenzen: Zum aktuellen Wandel der Lebenslaufmuster von Jugendlichen in Grossbritannien (Beyond individualization: The changing lifestyles of young people in the UK)

    Wallace, C. D., Jones, 1.

    Kindheit und Jugend im Interkulturelle Vergleich. Chisholm, L., Buechner, P., Krueger, H. (eds.). Leske + Budrich, pp. 125-146

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Youth

    Wallace, C. D.

    Investigating Society. Burgess, B. (ed.). Longman & Co.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • The Family

    Wallace, C. D., Abbott, P. A.

    Beyond Thatcherism. Brown, P., Sparks, R. (eds.). Open University Press, pp. 91-103

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Parents, Partners and Peers: Social Reproduction and School Leavers

    Wallace, C. D.

    The Social World of Adolescents. Engel, U., Hurrelman, K. (eds.). Walter de Gruyter & Co., pp. 351-368

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Value change and intergenerational comparison

    Wallace, C. D.

    Blickpunkt Jugend and Familie. Bertram, H. (ed.). DJI Verlag Deutsches Jugendinstitut, pp. 331-348

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Neither Angels in Marble nor Rebels in Red: privatisation and working class consciousness

    Pahl, R., Wallace, C. D.

    Social Stratification and Economic Change. Rose, D., Newby, H. (eds.). Hutchinson, pp. 127-152

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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