Helen Wallace

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Dame Helen Sarah Wallace, Lady Wallace of Saltaire, DBE, CMG, FBA (born 25 June 1946), née Rushworth, is a British expert in European studies and, by marriage to William Wallace, Baron Wallace of Saltaire, a peeress. She is Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She attended Oxford University (1963–67), where she was President of the Oxford University Liberal Club. Having already met her future husband, William Wallace, at Oxford, she spent a year at Bruges, Belgium, undertaking postgraduate studies at the College of Europe (1967–68).


Helen Rushworth married William Wallace on 25 August 1968; the couple had two children, Harriet (born 1977) and Edward (born 1981).


William Wallace had already embarked on his academic and political career and had served briefly as Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester. Helen Wallace continued her studies at the University of Manchester (1969–73), where she completed her doctoral thesis under the title, The Domestic Policy-making Implications of the Labour Government's Application for Membership of the EEC. She obtained a Certificate of Advanced European Studies at the College of Europe in 1968.

She was Lecturer in European Studies at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) 1974–78 and in 1976 was appointed Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, a position she continued to hold until 2001. She was a Lecturer at the Civil Service College 1978–85, and, briefly, a member of the planning staff at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1979–80. In 1985, she was appointed Senior Research Fellow and Director of the West-European Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.[citation needed]

In 1992 she took up the first of several appointments at the University of Sussex, where she was Jean Monnet Professor of Contemporary European Studies and founding Director of the Sussex European Institute. In 1998 she became Director of the Economic and Social Research Council programme One Europe or Several? and became Co-Director of the Institute. From 2001 until 31 August 2006 she was Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She was Centennial Professor in the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 2007 to 2010, where she is now Emeritus Professor.[1]

In the 1970s she was Secretary and Chair of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). She is now a board member for the Brussels-based think-tank, Bruegel. For Her Majesty's Government she is a member of the Better Regulation Commission and for the European Commission a member of the Group of Political Analysis and the Advisory Group for Social Sciences. She is a member of advisory boards at the University of Bremen, the University of Mannheim, the Catholic University of Leuven and the University of Vienna. She has been, since 2004, Chair of the Conseil universitaire européen pour l'Action Jean Monnet.[citation needed]


Dame Helen Wallace serves as editor of the One Europe or Several? and New Europe series published by Palgrave Macmillan and as co-editor of the New European Politics series published by Oxford University Press. She is also a member of the editorial advisory boards of the journals Journal of Common Market Studies, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Co-operation and Conflict, Perspectives, European Union Politics, and Policy Studies.


In 1996, she was appointed a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite by the President of the French Republic. She was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2000 New Year Honours and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to social science.[2]

She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in June 2000. In July 2004, Loughborough University conferred upon her the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.



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