Professor Dame Helen Wallace FBA
About this Fellow
Helen Wallace has been a scholar of European integration since she was first a graduate student in 1967-8. She chose to write her PhD at Manchester on the UK’s accession negotiations with the then European Communities. She has followed at close hand the course of the UK’s subsequent relationships with what is now the European Union and with other European countries. She has across the years combined academic teaching and research with public engagement. Her former students are scattered across Europe, several of them having occupied very senior political and academic posts. Her previous posts include working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Civil Service College, where she directed a suite of training courses to develop European expertise in the UK public service. She has served on several policy advisory groups for the EU institutions and engaged in the debate in the UK on European affairs. She has frequently contributed to academic and policy programmes in other European countries. She speaks fluent French and Italian and some German.
- Honorary Professor, Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex
- Director, Co-Director of the Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, 1992 - 2001
- Director, ESRC One Europe or Several? Programme, 1997 - 2001
- Director, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, 2001 - 2006
- Centennial Professor, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 2007 - 2013
British Academy Appointments
- Chair of the Linguistics and Philology Section, 2008 - 2011
- Foreign Secretary, 2011 - 2015
- Europe Liaison Chair, 2015 -
The impacts of gender on politics: the political representation of women, the selection of candidates for elected office, the roles of women in political parties and comparative European equality policies.
Political theory; democratic theory, early modern theories of an original contract and contemporary contract theory, feminist theory, critical race theory, citizenship and the welfare state.
Historical sociology of 20th century Britain; the new middle classes, the changing nature of attachments to locality and place, the relationship between cultural inequalities and social class.
Public policy; public choice; the history and politics of Union since 1707; fiscal federalism; Scottish, French and American Enlightenment thought; electoral systems and social choice