Nicholas Wise is Reader in International Urban Change in the Faculty of Business and Law at Liverpool John Moores University. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the United States, Nicholas completed his Bachelor’s degree at Lock Haven University (2006) and Master’s at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2008). In 2012 he completed his PhD in Human Geography at Kent State University in Ohio. For his PhD research he conducted an ethnographic study residing with Haitians in a remote village in the Dominican Republic studying sport, contested identities and (informal) events. Upon completion, Nicholas moved to Scotland where he worked as Lecturer in International Sport, Events and Tourism Management at Glasgow Caledonian University from 2012 to 2015. He then worked in Taiwan before beginning his current position in Liverpool. Nicholas has travelled extensively in 100 countries as a student, an instructor, for research/fieldwork, to present at conferences, as a volunteer and for leisure, inspiring him to conduct internationally focused research and to edit collections bringing together a range of international perspectives.
His current research focuses on urban studies, competitiveness, social regeneration and community impacts, conducting work across the areas of sport, events and tourism. He brings an international perspective to his teaching informed by scholarly research focusing on the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Serbia and Italy. He has published across several disciplines and collaborates with colleagues across a number of academic disciplines. His most recent contributions appear in a number in international journals including: Cities, Geographical Research, Journal of Community Psychology, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Sport in Society, Local Economy, Sustainability, Tourism Management Perspectives, and he has written book chapters for a number of edited collections. Links to these recent journal articles can be found in the publications tab.
He has also edited 7 books since 2017, includuing:
Urban Transformations: Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change (with Julie Clark)
International Sports Volunteering (with Angela M. Benson)
Sport, Events, Tourism and Regeneration (with John Harris)
Urban Renewal, Community and Participation - Theory, Policy and Practice (with Julie Clark)
Events, Places and Societies (with John Harris)
Rugby in Global Perspective: Playing on the Periphery (with John Harris)
Human Geography and Professional Mobility: International Experiences, Critical Reflections, Practical Insights (with Weronika Kusek)
2012, Kent State University, United States, PhD
2008, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States, MA
2006, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, United States, Bachelor of Science
Higher Education Academy, UK, PGCertLTHE
Wise N. 2019. Seeking sense of place: Reflections on study abroad, becoming an international geographer and living a mobile lifestyle Human Geography and Professional Mobility: International Experiences, Critical Reflections, Practical Insights Routledge Publisher Url Public Url
Kusek W, Wise N. 2019. Experience, Mobility, Professional Narratives and Human Geography Human Geography and Professional Mobility International Experiences, Critical Reflections, Practical Insights Routledge Publisher Url
Wise N, Kusek W. 2019. Framing Your Own Narratives: Reflecting on Personal and Professional Development Human Geography and Professional Mobility International Experiences, Critical Reflections, Practical Insights Routledge Publisher Url
Wise N. 2019. Rugby beyond the Core in Africa Rugby in Global Perspective: Playing on the Periphery Routledge Publisher Url
Wise N, Harris J. 2019. Challenging the core: The rise of Argentina in international rugby Rugby in Global Perspective Playing on the Periphery Routledge Public Url
Wise N. 2019. Narrating the Scars of Sarajevo: Reminiscent Memories of War and Tragedy in the Landscape Isaac R, Çakmak E, Butler R. Tourism and Hospitality in Conflict Ridden Destinations Routledge Publisher Url
Wise N, Đurkin J, Perić M. 2019. Renewing Rijeka for 2020: Managing Placemaking, Regeneration, and Community Participation Events, Places and Societies Routledge Publisher Url
Wise N, Harris J. 2019. Events, Places and Societies: Introducing Cases, Perspectives and Research Directions Events, Places and Societies Routledge Publisher Url
Wise N. 2019. Hope for Haiti Walters G, Mair J. Reputation and Image Recovery for the Tourism Industry Goodfellow Publishers Publisher Url
Wise N. 2019. Assessing the Potential of the European Capital of Culture to Integrate Refugees: The Case of Matera 2019 Walters T, Jepson A. Marginalisation and Events Routledge. London Publisher Url
Wise N, Farzin F. 2018. “See You in Iran” on Facebook: Assessing “User-Generated Authenticity” Rickly JM, Vidon ES. Authenticity & Tourism: Materialities, Perceptions, Experiences 24 :33-33 Emerald Publisher Url
Wise N. 2018. Using Ethnographic and Participatory Approaches in Tourism and Hospitality Research Nunkoo R. Handbook of Research Methods in Tourism and Hospitality Edward Elger. Cheltenham Publisher Url
Clark J, Wise N. 2018. Community and Participation: Framing Theories, Policies and Practices of Urban Renewal Urban Renewal, Community and Participation: Theory, Policy and Practice Springer. Berlin Publisher Url
Wise N, Aquilino L, Armenski T. 2018. Preparing for Matera 2019: Local Resident Participation in Research and Perceptions of Destination Competitiveness Springer
Clark J, Wise N. 2018. Introduction :ix-xv
Wise N, Clark J. 2018. The future of urban renewal further enabling community participation through policy and practice Urban Book Series :241-243
Đurkin J, Wise N. 2017. Managing community stakeholders in rural areas: Assessing the organisation of local sports events in Gorski kotar, Croatia Clarke A, Jepson A. Power, Construction and Meaning in Festivals & Events Routledge Publisher Url
AlBalushi AA, Wise N. 2017. Planning for Tourism in Oman based on Lessons from Dubai: Overviewing Economic, Environmental and Socio-Cultural Impacts Almuhrzi H, Alriyami H, Scott N. Tourism in the Arab World: An Industry Perspective Channel View Publications. Bristol Publisher Url
Wise N, Clark J. 2017. Geographies of renewal and creative change: Assessing urban transformations Wise N, Clark J. Urban Transformations: Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change :1-10 Routledge. London
Wise N, Peric M. 2017. Developing a research agenda to assess local social impacts of sports tourism regeneration in Medulin, Croatia Wise N, Clark J. Urban Transformations: Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change Routledge
Wise N. 2017. Urban Planning and Development for Tourism (Overview, Politics and Impacts, Economic, Socio-Cultural, Environmental) Lowry L. The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism SAGE Publisher Url
Wise N. 2017. 3.Living Abroad and Volunteering at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Benson A, Wise N. International Sports Volunteering 9781138697775
Benson AM, Wise N. 2017. Introduction: Directions and Insight in International Sport Volunteering Research Benson AM, Wise N. International Sports Volunteering Routledge
Wise N, Hall G. 2017. Transforming Brazil: Sporting Mega-Events, Tourism, Geography and the Need for Sustainable Regeneration in Host Cities Sport, Events, Tourism and Regeneration Routledge
Wise N, Perić M, Armenski T. 2017. The role of sports tourism and events to regenerate and sustain off-season tourism in Istria, Croatia: Addressing perspectives from industry managers and planners Wise N, Harris J. Sport, Events, Tourism and Regeneration Author Url
Wise N, Harris J. 2017. Introduction: Framing Sport, Events, Tourism and Regeneration Sport, Events, Tourism and Regeneration :1-8 Routledge. London Publisher Url
Wise N. 2017. Integrating Google Earth into the Lecture: Visual Approaches in Tourism Pedagogy Benckendorff P, Zehrer A. International Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Tourism Edward Elger Author Url
Wise N. 2015. Guantánamo Bay: The United States and Cuba Brunet-Jailly E. Border Disputes: A Global Encyclopedia ABC-CLIO Publisher Url
Wise N. 2015. Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas: Territorial Dispute between Great Britain and Argentina Brunet-Jailly E. Border Disputes: A Global Encyclopedia ABC-CLIO Publisher Url
Wise N, Messa S. 2015. Southern Patagonian Ice Field: Positional Boundary Line Dispute between Argentina and Chile, from the Initial Boundary Settlement of 1881 to Contemporary Issues/Challenges Brunet-Jailly E. Border Disputes: A Global Encyclopedia ABC-CLIO Publisher Url
Wise N, Díaz-Garayúa J. 2015. The Island of Hispaniola: Disputed/Contested Territorial Histories and Cultural Identities between the Dominican Republic and Haiti Brunet-Jailly E. Border Disputes: A Global Encyclopedia ABC-CLIO Publisher Url
Wise N, Flinn J, Mulec I. 2015. Exit Festival: Contesting Political Pasts, impacts on Youth Culture and Regenerating the Image of Serbia and Novi Sad Pernecky T, Moufakkir O. In Ideological, Social and Cultural Aspects of Events CABI
Wise N. 2015. Football on the Weekend: Rural Events and the Haitian Imagined Community in the Dominican Republic Clarke A, Jepson A. Exploring Community Festivals and Events Routledge
Wise N. 2011. Global Sports Expansion: Baseball, Basketball, NASCAR, Football Swayne LE, Dodds M. Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing SAGE
Wise N. In the Shadow of Mega-Events: The Value of Ethnography in Sports Geography Koch N. Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power, and Sport in Global Perspective Routledge
Wise N, Peric M. Sports Tourism, Regeneration and Social Impacts: New Opportunities and Directions for Research, the Case of Medulin, Croatia Bellini N, Pasquinelli C. Tourism in the City: Towards and Integrative Agenda on Urban Tourism Springer
Wise N. Geographical Approaches and the Sociology of Sport Giulianotti R. Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport Routledge
Wise N, Harris J. Covering ‘Captain America’ and (Re)Imagining the USA during the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup White L. Commercial Nationalism in Tourism Channel View
Wise N. Finding Football in the Dominican Republic: Haitian Migrants, Space, Place and Notions of Exclusion Elliott R, Harris J. Football and Migration: Perspectives, Places and Players Routledge
Wise N. Belonging, Togetherness and Sense of Place: Identity, Geography and Haitian Footballers in the Dominican Republic Dun S, Spracklen K, Wise N. Game Changer: The Transformative Potential of Sport Interdisciplinary Press
Harris J, Wise N. The place of Argentina in international rugby: Between and beyond core and periphery Rossi A, Maranda L. Argentina: Environmental, Geographical and Cultural Issues Nova Science
Wise N, Heidari H. Developing Smart Tourism Destinations with the Internet of Things Big Data and Innovation in Tourism, Travel, and Hospitality - Managerial Approaches, Techniques, and Applications Springer
Wise N. 2019. Towards a More Enabling Representation: Framing an Emergent Conceptual Approach to Measure Social Conditions Following Mega-Event Transformation in Manaus, Brazil Bulletin of Latin American Research, DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Low LW, Ryan C, Wise N, Lin YH. 2018. A content analysis of airline mission statements: Changing trends and contemporary components Tourism Management Perspectives, 28 :156-165 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Aquilino L, Armenski T, Wise N. 2018. Assessing the competitiveness of Matera and the Basilicata Region (Italy) ahead of the 2019 European Capital of Culture Tourism and Hospitality Research, DOI Public Url
Gellweiler S, Wise N, Fletcher T. 2018. Understanding the ‘lived experience’ of sport event volunteers: Using the hermeneutic circle as a guiding conceptual framework Events Management, DOI Public Url
Wise N, Mulec I, Armenski T. 2017. Towards a new local tourism economy: Understanding sense of community, social impacts and potential enterprise opportunities in Podgrađe Bač, Vojvodina, Serbia Local Economy, 32 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Wise N. 2017. Interpreting Media Content Post-Conflict: Communications of 'Travel' and 'Bosnia and Herzegovina' in U.S. Newspapers, 20 Years Post-Dayton Društvena istraživanja, 26 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Gellweiler S, Fletcher T, Wise N. 2017. Exploring experiences and emotions sport event volunteers associate with ‘role exit’ International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 54 :495-511 DOI Public Url
Perić M, Wise NA, Dragicevic D. 2017. Suggesting a Service Research Agenda in Sport Tourism: Working Experience(s) into Business Models Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 7 :58-76 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Perić M, Đurkin J, Wise NA. 2016. Leveraging Small-Scale Sport Events: Challenges of Organising, Delivering and Managing Sustainable Outcomes in Rural Communities, the Case of Gorski kotar, Croatia Sustainability, 8 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Wise N, Harris J. 2016. Community, identity and contested notions of place: a study of Haitian recreational soccer players in the Dominican Republic Soccer and Society, DOI
Perić M, Wise N. 2015. Understanding the Delivery of Experience: Conceptualising Business Models and Sports Tourism, Assessing two Case Studies in Istria, Croatia Local Economy, DOI
Wise N. 2015. Spatial Experiences: Using Google Earth to Locate Meanings Pertinent to Sense of Place, Community and Social Development Cityscape: A Journal of Policy and Development Research, 17 Public Url
Wise N, Easton S. 2015. Online Portrayals of Volunteer Tourism in Nepal: Exploring the Communicated Disparities between Promotional and User-Generated Content Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, DOI
Kusek W, Wise N. 2014. Artistic Perceptions of Poles in London Scottish Geographical Journal, DOI
Wise N, Mulec I. 2013. Indicating the Competitiveness of Serbia’s Vojvodina Region as an Emerging Tourism Destination Tourism Management Perspectives, DOI
Wise NA, Mulec I. 2012. Headlining Dubrovnik’s Tourism Image: Transitioning Representations/Narratives of War and Heritage Preservation, 1991–2010 Tourism Recreation Research, DOI
Mulec I, Wise N. 2012. Foreign Tour Operators and Travel Agents Knowledge of a Potential Tourism Destination: The Vojvodina Region of Serbia Managing Global Transitions, 10 Public Url
Wise N. 2011. Transcending Imaginations through Football Participation and Narratives of the Other: Haitian National Identity in the Dominican Republic Journal of Sport and Tourism, DOI
Wise NA. 2009. Quantitative Mapping and Population Restructuring: Migration, Diffusion, and Economic Change in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Geographer, 47
Wise NA. Post-War Tourism and the Imaginative Geographies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia European Journal of Tourism Research, 4 :5-24 Publisher Url
Wise N, Harris J. Reading Carlos Tevez: Football, Geography, and Contested Identities in Manchester International Journal of Sport Communication, 3 :322-335 DOI
Aquilino L, Wise N, Harris J. Wackiness and event management: the case of the World Alternative Games Event Management,
Wise N, Perić M, Ðurkin J. Planning, managing and benchmarking service delivery for sports tourism and events: Lessons for Gorski kotar, Croatia from Pokljuka, Slovenia European Journal of Tourism Research, Public Url
Wise N, Melis C, Jimura T. Liverpool’s Urban Imaginary: The Beatles and Tourism Fanscapes The Journal of Popular Culture, Public Url
Tian E, Wise N. An Atlantic Divide? Mapping the Knowledge Domain of European and North American Based Sociology of Sport, 2008-2018 International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Public Url
Editorial/letter to the editor
Hall G, Wise N. 2018. Introduction: Sport and Social Transformation in Brazil Bulletin of Latin American Research, Publisher Url
Wise N. 2018. Editorial: Tourism and Social Regeneration Social Sciences, DOI
Wise N, Whittam G. 2015. Special edition: Regeneration, enterprise, sport and tourism Local Ec, 30 :867-870 Publisher Url
Wise N, Kohe GZ. Sports geography: new approaches, perspectives and directions Sport in Society, Publisher Url
Lin Y, Wise N. Reassessing Airline Mission Statements to Address Changing Trends and Contemporary Components of Importance, A Content Analysis International Conference on Tourism Dynamics and Trends, Sevilla, Spain,
Mulec I, Wise N. Suggestions for Planning and Managing Protected Areas, the Case of Titel Loess Plateau as a Potential Geotrourism Destination 2012 symorg symposium proceedings (Sustainable Development and Environmental Management)
Wise N. (Re)Presenting Bosnia and Croatia through Textual Discourse Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Hazards and Modern Heritage
Wise N, Harris J. Notions of In Place/Out of Place: Staging and Performing Sense of Community and Identity, the Case of Haitians in the Dominican Republic It’s How You Play the Game: International Perspectives on the Study of Sport, 1st Interdisciplinary Conference on Sport: Probing the Boundaries
Engagement & Impact
Assimilating and Enabling Refugees: Achieving a Sense of Community through Local Enterprises and Entrepreneurship, European Week of Regions and Cities (Session: Migrants, Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Regional Economic Development [also part of panel following talks]), Brussels, Belgium, Oral presentation. 2018
Managing Sports Tourism and Events in Medulin and Pula (Croatia) During the Off-Season, Research Symposium on Tourism, Hospitality & Events: Border Crossings & Inter-Connections, University of Sunderland, UK, Oral presentation. 2017
Impacts of Creative Change on Social Development: Using Sport to Sustain Off-Season Tourism in Medulin, Croatia, ToSEE – Tourism in South East Europe, Session: Tourism in the Creative Industries, Opatija, Croatia, Oral presentation. 2017
Post 2014 and 2016: Sporting Mega-Events and Tourism in Brazil’s host cities, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, Session: Cultural Geographies (January 4), New Orleans, LA, USA, Oral presentation. 2017
Social Regeneration, Wellbeing and Legacy: How NGO's Help Haitians find a Sense of Community, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Special Session: Wellbeing and Community Change 1: Issues and Impacts of Urban Renewal (March 30), San Francisco, CA, USA, Oral presentation. 2016
Sports Geography and Sports Sociology, Invited Lecture to the College of Physical Education, National Taiwan Sport University, Invited Lecture. 2015
Place and Location: Image, Awareness Transformation through Aesthetic Representations, Developing Insight for Fieldwork on Events, Images and Aesthetics—the Case of Exit and Novi Sad, Re:)branding Serbia: Contemporary Trends in Tourism and Hospitality, Session: Creative Industries/Events in Tourism (July 9), Novi Sad, Serbia, Oral presentation. 2015
Sport Tourism and Urban and Regional Regeneration in Croatia, Gran Sasso Science Institute workshop on Integrating City Tourism(s) into the Urban Research Agenda, Session: Urban Coastal Tourism: Policies and Practices (June 16), L’Aquila, Italy, Oral presentation. 2015
How European is the Ryder Cup? A Socio-Geographic Analysis, European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, Session: Nationalism II (June 12) , with J. Harris, Dublin, Ireland, Oral presentation. 2015
Assessing the continued remaking of Dubrovnik’s image: Aesthetics and heritage preservation, impacts of globalization post-2006, VII International Tourism Congress: The Image and Sustainability of Tourist Destinations, Session: Tourism Marketing and Destination Image (December 3), Muscat, Oman, Oral presentation. 2014
Research Grants Awarded:
Erasmus+, Capacity Building Project “Enhancing Teaching Practice in Higher Education in Russia and China Submission Number: 586225-EPP-1-2017-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP., Holger Kuße (Technische Universiteat Dresden, Germany), Ian Hall (The Higher Education Academy, UK), Nicholas Wise (LJMU, UK), Morena Cuconato (Universita di Bologna, Italy), Susana Gonçalves (Instituto Politecnico de Coimbra, Portugal), Elena Guseletova (Institute of World Civilizations, Russia), Tatiana Tregubova (Federal State Budget Scientific Institution–Institute of Peda, Russia), Marina Vidrevich (Ural State University of Economics, Russia), Konstantin Korolev (Penza State University, Russia), Che Yi (Sanya University, China), Yuan Qin (Jiangxi Normal University, China), Xu Qian (Private Hualian University, China), Grant value (£): €997,985, Duration of research project: 3 Years. 2017
Carnegie Corporation of New York, Public Engagement Grant, John Harris (Coordinator), Grant value (£): 11,000, Duration of research project: 2014.
Croatian Science Foundation, This work was supported by the Croatian Science Foundation under Grant UIP-2014-09-1214; Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management under Grant UIP-2014-09-1214. http://www.fthm.uniri.hr/index.php/sportbizmodel/sportbiz-kontakti, Marko Perić (Primary Investigator), Grant value (£): 40,081, Duration of research project: 3 years.
Erasmus, Erasmus Teaching Mobility, Lifelong Learning Programme (Rijeka, Croatia), Grant value (£): 1,012, Duration of research project: 2 Weeks.
Glasgow Caledonian University, 2015 PhD Studentship (Sports Tourism and Urban-Regional Regeneration), Grant value (£): £14,800 p/a.
Researcher Links: Newton Fund, British Council and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Workshop on Sport and Social Transformation in Brazil, Funding, Grant value (£): £1,098, Duration of research project: Funded Workshop Participation (1 Week in Brazil).
Smart Citizenship fund of Aberystwyth University’s Transformative Social Science Network, Smart Citizenship fund of Aberystwyth University’s Transformative Social Science Network, Gareth Hall (Primary Investigator), Grant value (£): £992.58, Duration of research project: 2016.
Other Professional Activity:
Academic Service: Manuscript Reviewer Academic Journals: American Journal of Sociology; Climate; Cogent Social Sciences; Current Issues in Tourism (2); Društvena Istraživanja; European Journal of Tourism Research; Geoforum; Health, Risk & Society; Housing, Theory and Society; International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management; International Journal of Geo-Information (2); International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking; International Journal of Tourism Cities; International Journal of Tourism Research; Journal of Community Practice; Journal of Community Psychology (2); Journal of Cultural Geography; Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education (4); Journal of Latin American Geography (2); Journal of Place Management and Development; Journal of Regional and City Planning; Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development; Journal of Tourism Research & Hospitality (2); Leisure Studies; Local Economy (4); National Identities (3); Social & Cultural Geography; Social Sciences; Sustainability (28); The International Journal of Human Resource Management; TIMS Acta (5); Tourism Analysis: an Interdisciplinary Journal (2); Tourism and Hospitality Management (3); Tourism Management Perspectives (3); Urban Research and Practice; Urban Science (2).
External Examiner Birmingham University College (2017–Present) -BA/FdA International Tourism Business Management -MA International Tourism Business Administration -MA Tourism Destination Management.
International Workshop on: Regeneration, Enterprise, Sport and Tourism (8-9 September 2014), Glasgow, UK, Co-Organizer (with Geoffrey Whittam). Publication: Special Issue in Local Economy (2015, Vol. 30 Issue 8, editorial pp. 867–870).
Rugby and Communities, Academic-Industry/Community Engagement Glasgow, UK (7 May 2015) Co-Organizer (John Harris [Lead Organizer], John Cullen, Fraser Gow, Lucia Aquilino).
Special Sessions: Urban Renewal: Changing Places and Changing Perceptions in Challenged Neighborhoods Chicago, IL, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, with Julie Clark (22 April 2015) Publication: Forthcoming Edited book: https://www.routledge.com/Urban-Transformations-Geographies-of-Renewal-and-Creative-Change/Wise-Clark/p/book/9781138652095.
Special Sessions: Wellbeing and Community Change: Issues and Impacts of Urban Renewal San Francisco, CA, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, with Julie Clark (30 March 2016) Publication: https://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319723105.
Membership of professional bodies:
Member, Regional Studies Association.