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 COVID-19: An empirical investigation of the impact of COVID-19 on the Scottish tourism industryTourism Culture & Communication, vol. 23, no. 2-3, pp. 207-218Contributions to Journals: Articles
The impact of COVID-19 on cultural tourism. Introductory article for special issue of tourism culture and communication.Tourism Culture & Communication, vol. 23, no. 2-3, pp. 87-96Contributions to Journals: Articles
Governmentality versus Community: The Impact of the COVID LockdownsInternational Journal of Community Well-BeingContributions to Journals: Articles
The role of civil society in cultural heritage, digitalisation, and the quality of rural lifeRural quality of life. Johansen, P. H., Tietjen, A., Iversen, E. B., Lolle, H. L., Fisker, J. K. (eds.). Manchester University Press, pp. 274-297, 24 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Participation and civic engagement in Scotland: the importance of contributions from older adultsInstitutions and Organizations as Learning Environments for Participation and Democracy? Opportunities, Challenges, Obstacles. Spannring, R., Smidt, W., Unterrainer, C. (eds.). Springer, pp. 255-292, 18 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
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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Gathering together: social capital, cultural capital, the value of cultural heritage in a digital ageSocial & Cultural Geography, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 697-717Contributions to Journals: Articles
Small is Beautiful? Identity and Placism in EuropeEuropean Regions. Donat, E., Meyer, S., Abels, G. (eds.). Aufbau Taschenbuch Verlag, pp. 211-229Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
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
The Decent Society Index Mark 2: (1) Constructing the IndexWorking Papers: Working Papers
The Future of Work Think PieceCommissioned by Economic and Social Research Council. Swindon: Economic and Social Research Council. 22 pagesBooks and Reports: Commissioned Reports
The Ethics of Using Social Media Data in Research: A New FrameworkThe Ethics of Online Research (Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity. Woodfield, K. (ed.). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 189-207Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Socially Inclusive Development: The Foundations for Decent Societies in East and Southern AfricaApplied Research in Quality of Life, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 813-839Contributions to Journals: Articles
Broadband and the creative industries in rural ScotlandJournal of Rural Studies, vol. 54, pp. 451-458Contributions to Journals: Articles
Cultural resilience: The production of rural community heritage, digital archives and the role of volunteersJournal of Rural Studies, vol. 54, pp. 459-468Contributions to Journals: Articles
Information technology and social cohesion: a tale of two villagesJournal of Rural Studies, vol. 54, pp. 426-434Contributions to Journals: Articles