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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  • Citizenship, Europe and ethnic-boundary making among Russian minorities in Latvia and Lithuania

    Patsiurko, N., Wallace, C.

    Migration Letters, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 187-205

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Changing Patterns of Civil Society in Europe and America 1995-2005: Is Eastern Europe Different? (vol 26, pg 3, 2012): Corrigendum

    Wallace, C., Pichler, F., Haerpfer, C.

    East European Politics and Societies, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 757-757

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Comparing health status in Belarus between 2001-2010: a novel method using surveys with different response categories

    Vasianovich, A., Scott, N. W., Smith, W. C. S., Wallace, C. D., Shebeko, L. L.

    European Journal of Public Health, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 840-845

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Comparing health status in Belarus between 2001 and 2010: a novel method using survey with different response categories

    Vasianovich, A., Scott, N. W., Cairns Smith, W., Wallace, C. D.

    European Journal of Public Health, vol. 23, no. 5

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Health problems and the transition from Communism in the former Soviet Union: towards an explanation

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

    Perspectives on European Politics and Society, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 460-479

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Quality of life in Europe: Quality of society and public services. Third European Quality of Life Survey

    Wallace, C. D., Gstrein, M., Mateeva, L., Rodiga-Lassnig, P.

    Commissioned by EUROPEAN FOUNDATION FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS. Luxembourg: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. 109 pages

    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports

  • Social Quality, the Quality of Life and Parents with Young Children in Europe

    Abbott, P. A., Wallace, C. D.

    Family Wellbeing. Mínguez, A. M. (ed.). Springer, pp. 27-51, 25 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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