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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  • For Richer, For Poorer: Growing up in and out of work

    Wallace, C. D.

    Tavistock, London, United Kingdom. 200 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Between the family and the state: Young people in transition

    Wallace, C. D.

    The Social World of the Young Unemployed. White, M. (ed.). Policy Studies Institute (PSI), pp. 1-30

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • From Generation to Generation: the effects of employment upon the transition to adulthood

    Wallace, C. D.

    Education, Unemployment and Labour Markets. Brown, P., Ashton, D. (eds.). Falmer Press, pp. 108-137

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Polarisation, Unemployment and all forms of Work

    Wallace, C. D.

    The Experience of Unemployment. Allen, S., Purcell, K., Waton, A., Wood, S. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 116-133

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Forms of Work and Privatisation on the Isle of Sheppey

    Wallace, C. D., Pahl, R.

    New Approaches to Economic Life. Roberts, B., Finnegan, R., Gallie, D. (eds.). Manchester University Press, pp. 368-386

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • From Girls and Boys to Women and Men: The Social Reproduction of Gender Roles in the Transition from School to (Un)employment

    Wallace, C. D.

    Youth, Unemployment and Schooling. Walker, S., Barton, L. (eds.). Open University Press, pp. 92-117

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Is the informal sector a solution for economic decline?: Changing patterns of work and employment in the UK

    Wallace, C. D.

    Grote Steden. Verlag ASVS-Congress, pp. 109-134

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Household Work Strategies in an Economic Recession

    Wallace, C. D., Pahl, R.

    Beyond Employment. Redclift, N., Mingione, E. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 182-227

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Stadtforschung Aktuell

    Wallace, C. D.

    Stadtforschung Aktuell. Kraemer, J. (ed.). Birkhauser, pp. 333-368

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Youth in the Eighties

    Wallace, C. D.

    British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 6, pp. 249-252

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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