Professor Claire Wallace

Professor Claire Wallace
Professor Claire Wallace

Professor Claire Wallace

B.A.(Hons), PhD.

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 ( 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. 



  • BSc Sociology and Social Anthropology 
    1978 - University of Kent 
  • PhD Sociology 
    1985 - University of Kent 
    Claire Wallace's PhD was about young people leaving school and unemployment on the Isle of Sheppey

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Equality and Diversity Committee, School of Social Science

External Memberships

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, 

Member of the European Sociological Association

Member of the International Sociological Association

Latest Publications

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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 (


Research Areas

Research Specialisms

  • Social Sciences
  • Social Policy
  • 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 licence.



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
  • Community Broadband Initiatives: what makes them successful and why?

    Wallace, C. D., Vincent, K., Luguzan, C. T., Talbot-Ponsonby, H. C.
    Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, vol. C&T'15, pp. 109-117
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Geographies of Community History Digital Archives in Rural Scotland

    Beel, D., Wallace, C., Webster, G., Nguyen, H.
    Scottish Geographical Journal, vol. 131, no. 3-4, pp. 201-211
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • 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
  • ‘Stuck Out Here’: The Critical Role of Broadband for Remote Rural Places

    Townsend, L., Wallace, C., Fairhurst, G.
    Scottish Geographical Journal, vol. 131, no. 3-4, pp. 171-180
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • 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
  • Rising Economic Prosperity and Social Quality the Case of New Member States of the European Union

    Abbott, P. A., Wallace, C.
    Social Indicators Research, vol. 115, no. 1, pp. 419-439
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • 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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