Dr Andrew Wallace

Dr Andrew Wallace


I grew up in 1980s Glasgow, an urban world dominated by rapid deindustrialisation, religious sectarian conflict, intense social divides and faddish city branding. Predictably, these themes came to infuse my research interests. As an undergraduate I began with an interest in gender, masculinity and socioeconomic change before taking a more policy-focused direction as a postgrad, researching the role of the state in managing / disciplining 'unruly' spaces and populations. I gained my PhD from Leeds in 2006 for my thesis which investigated community, urban restructuring and regeneration drawing on a case study of inner-city Salford, Greater Manchester.

As a post-doctoral researcher, I moved more towards public health policy as a lens through which to understand both the capturing of the state by neoliberalism and how poverty and deprivation manifest in poor health and wellbeing. I spent five year working at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine researching these areas, including an eye-opening stint providing 'evidence' for Department of Health policymakers. I returned to Leeds in 2015 as a UAF in urban sociology and I'm pursuing projects on: 'left behind' spaces, gentrification, 'pop-up' housing construction, 'craft' culture and post-industrial canals.

Research interests

My work cuts across sociology, geography and social policy and favours critical and activist approaches to scholarship. My main empirical focus is the post-industrial city and the inequalities, contestations and struggles that occur in/through urban space. I also have interests in formations of solidarity, authenticity, class, community, heritage and the politics of welfare.

I am a member of the British Sociological Association, the Social Policy Association and the RC21 Urban and Regional Research group.

I sit on the board of the Journal of Applied Social Theory.

Urban studies

  • Gentrification, regeneration and displacement
  • Housing crises
  • Neighbourhood governance and community engagement
  • Resistance, unrest and disruption
  • Craft and creative economies
  • Industrial infrastructures and histories

Welfare and social control

  • Agendas of discipline and order
  • Stigma, devaluation and precaritisation
  • Deficient and problem subjects
  • Citizen 'activation'
  • Community and conduct

Stratification and solidarity

  • Experiences of deindustrialisation and precarity
  • Working class community and history
  • Reproductions and hierarchies of class
  • Struggles and movements
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Student education

I teach across BA and MA sociology and social policy programmes.

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>