Professor Claire Wallace
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 (https://www.SPOTprojectH2020.eu) and a partner of the ESRC-sponsored Research Centre DIGIT, focused on digital working (https://digit-research.org/),
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 Anthropology1978 - University of Kent
- PhD Sociology1985 - University of KentClaire Wallace's PhD was about young people leaving school and unemployment on the Isle of Sheppey
Media Tourism and Its Role in Sustaining Scotland’s Tourism IndustrySustainability, vol. 13, no. 11, e6305Contributions to Journals: Articles
Between State, Market and Family: Changing childcare policies in urban China and the implications for working mothersInternational Sociology, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 336-352Contributions to Journals: Articles
Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Rural broadband and digital only services inquiryHouse of Commons (written). 5 pages.Other Contributions: Other Contributions
Gypsy–Traveller communities in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands: socially and digitally excluded?Media, Culture & SocietyContributions to Journals: Articles
Gathering together: social capital, cultural capital, the value of cultural heritage in a digital ageSocial & Cultural GeographyContributions to Journals: Articles
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 (www.SPOTprojectH2020.eu). 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 (https:digit-research.org)
- SO5155 The Comparative Study of European Societies
Director of Fourth Year Option "European Societies"
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Information technology and social cohesion: a tale of two villagesJournal of Rural Studies, vol. 54, pp. 426-434Contributions to Journals: Articles
Relational identities on EU borderlands: the case of Poles in Belarus and Belarusians in PolandEthnic and Racial Studies, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 77-95Contributions to Journals: Articles
Community Well-Being and Information TechnologyHandbook of Community Well-Being Research. Phillips, R., Wong, C. (eds.). Springer, pp. 169-188Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Great Expectations or Small Country Living? Enabling Small Rural Creative Businesses with ICTSociologia Ruralis, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 450-468Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Quality of Society and Life Satisfaction in ChinaSocial Indicators Research, vol. 127, no. 2, pp. 653-670Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Decent Society: Planning for Social QualityRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. 188 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Six factors for success in community broadband initiativesInteractions, vol. 23, pp. 36-39Contributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Building Virtual Bridges: How Rural Micro-Enterprises Develop Social Capital in Online and Face-to-Face SettingsSociologia Ruralis, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 29-47Contributions to Journals: Articles
A Virtual Geography of the Scottish IslandsScottish Geographical Journal, vol. 131, no. 3-4, pp. 228-244Contributions to Journals: Articles
Broadband use and creative communities in the UKContributions to Conferences: Papers