Co-Lead, Research Theme 1: The Impact of Digitalisation on Work and Employment
University of Aberdeen
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I am a lecturer and scholar at the University of Aberdeen, formerly Vice-Principal for Research 2011-2014.


I was awarded a PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent. I have worked at Plymouth and Lancaster Universities and held the roles of Head of Sociology and Politics Central European University, Head of Sociology at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, President of the European Sociological Association 2007-2009 and Editor of “European Societies” 2001-2006.


Research interests
  • The comparative study of European societies
  • Quality of life and wellbeing
  • Rural development
  • Digital communications and cultural heritage
  • Cultural tourism
Research articles

Between market, state and family: childcare in China (2019) International Sociology

Gathering together: social capital, cultural capital, the value of cultural heritage in a digital age Social and Cultural Geography (with David Beel)

Gypsy-Traveler communities in the UK and the Netherlands: socially and digitally excluded? Media, Culture and Society. (with Koen Salemink and Leanne Townsend)

“Cultural resilience: the production of rural community heritage, digital archives and the role of volunteers” (2017) Journal of Rural Studies 54:459-468 (with David Beel, Gemma Webster, Hai Nguyen, Marsailli Macleod, Elisabeth Tait and Chris Mellish)

‘Broadband and the creative industries in rural Scotland’ (2017)  Journal of Rural Studies 54: 451-458(with Leanne Townsend, Gorry Fairhurst and Alistair Anderson)

“Relational Identities on EU borderlands: the case of Poles in Belarus and Belarusians in Poland” (2017) Ethnic and Racial Studies  40 (1-2): 77-95 (with Natalka Patsiurko)

“Information Technology and social cohesion. A tale of two villages” (2017) Journal of Rural Studies 54: 426-434 (with K. Vincent, C. Luguzan, L. Townsend, D. Beel)