Andrew Wallace

Job Title: UAF in Urban Sociology

I have been appointed as a University Academic Fellow in Urban Sociology, based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy from September 2015. Working with Professor Tracy Shildrick and others, I am looking forward to developing some exciting research projects around the themes of precarity, value and resistance.

Originally I am from Glasgow, but my career so far has been England-based. It began as a postgraduate student here at Leeds with a PhD project looking at deindustrialized urban spaces in northern England and the various activation and social order agendas brought to bear on their ‘renewal’. After this, I drifted south to take up posts at the University of Kent, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and latterly, the University of Lincoln. Today, my research is still engaged with urban inequality, but has broadened out to encompass interests in:

– Experiences and dimensions of precarious life

– ‘Post-neoliberal’ governance and the role of the social

– The construction of ‘defective’ populations and associated projects of ‘correction’

– Distinctions / stigmas around gender and social class and the power and function of devaluation

– Crises in/of the neoliberal city: unrest, resistance, gentrification and restructuring

– Welfare state retrenchment and ‘reform’

I am a critically engaged researcher keen on a ‘public’ sociology and pursuing alternatives to current structures of knowledge (re)production and embrace a range of methodologies to try and achieve this. I have published academic articles in Antipode, City, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Socresonline and in 2010, my first book, Remaking Community? was published by Ashgate. I have also blogged for New Left Project and Discover Society.

I am currently writing up my research on public housing precarity and social divisions in Salford and London as well as a paper on ‘troubled’ families, communities and subjects. I am a keen tweeter (@wallazio) and can also be found on at: