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 with first a Bachelors and then a Doctoral degree from the University of Kent, Claire Wallace taught at Plymouth and then at 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 later became Head of Sociology.

Claire Wallace was formerly editor of the international journal "European Societies", official journal of the European Sociological Association.

Claire Wallace  was elected President of the European Sociological Association, serving from September 2007 to October 2009. 

She was Director of Research for the College of Arts and Social Sciences between 2008 and 2011 and then became Vice Principal for Research and Knowledge Exchange for the University in 2011 until 2014.  


Claire Wallace has been researching quality of life for many years including for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions  ( and she Director of the European Observatory on social cohesion and trust,  2005-2006.  

The dot.rural ( Rural Digital Economy Hub at the University of Aberdeen 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 in Digital Economy 

At present she is a Principal Investigator on an Horizon 2020 Project about Cultural Tourism and part of an ESRC sponsored Research Centre focused on digital working

Postgraduate Supervision

Postgraduate students in the following fields accepted: work, care and welfare, quality of life, cultural tourism, digital working and  the role of 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

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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  • CURIOS: Connecting Community Heritage through Linked Data

    Webster, G., Nguyen, H., Beel, D. E., Mellish, C. S., Wallace, C. D., Pan, J. Z.

    CSCW '15. New York: ACM Press pp. 639-648, 10 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • CURIOS Mobile: Linked Data Exploitation for Tourist Mobile Apps in Rural Areas

    Nguyen, H. H., Beel, D., Webster, G., Mellish, C., Pan, J. Z., Wallace, C.

    Semantic Technology. Supnithi, T., Yamaguchi, T., Pan, J. Z., Wuwongse, V., Buranarach, M. (eds.). Springer pp. 129-145, 17 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Trust in Post-Soviet Countries, Ten Years On

    Sapsford, R., Abbott, P. A., Haerpfer, C., Wallace, C.

    European Politics and Society, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 523-539

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • What is a Decent Society?

    Abbott, P. A., Wallace, C., Sapsford, R.

    Measuring and Reporting on Europeans' Wellbeing. ESS, ERIC, pp. 10-11, 2 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Association Memberships

    Wallace, C. D.

    Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Wel-Being Research. Michalos, A. C. (ed.). Springer, 3 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • CURIOS: Connecting and Empowering Community Heritage through Linked Data

    Beel, D. E., Webster, G., Mellish, C. S., Wallace, C. D.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

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