Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Contact Details

Dr Andrew Wallace

University Academic Fellow in Urban Sociology

I returned to the Leeds in September 2015, having previously completed my PhD here in 2006.

Hailing originally from Glasgow, I have spent my post-doctoral career in England working at the Universities of Kent, Lincoln and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where I spent an eye-opening period providing ‘evidence’ for the Department of Health. My work cuts across sociology and social policy and favours critical and activist approaches to scholarship.

My main empirical focus is the city and the inequalities, contestations and struggles that occur in urban space. My conceptual interests include class, community, welfare, stigma, governmentality, precarity and the production of subjectivity.

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.

Research Interests

Urban studies

  • Gentrification, regeneration and displacement
  • Housing struggles
  • Depoliticisation of space
  • Neighbourhood governance and community engagement
  • Resistance, unrest and disruption


  • Discipline and control
  • Stigma, devaluation and precaritisation
  • Deficient and problem subjects
  • Neoliberalism and citizen activation

Class and stratification

  • Experiences of deindustrialisation and precarity
  • Working class community
  • Reproductions and hierarchies of class divisions


I contribute teaching to level one modules and help co-ordinate SLSP2131 Welfare and Crime with Dr Ana Manzano

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising students studying the areas of government welfare politics and policy, urban inequality/injustice, inner city regeneration and gentrification, urban governance and the sociologies of community, social class, governmentality, precarity or ‘problem’ subjects.

Key Publications


  • Wallace A, Remaking Community? New Labour and the Governance of Poor Neighbourhoods (Routledge, 2010)

Journal articles

Media Contact Areas

  • Regeneration and gentrification
  • Housing struggles
  • Urban unrest
  • Class inequality
  • Welfare politics and policy

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