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Dr Nicholas Wise

Dr Nicholas Wise

Telephone: 0151 231 4601


Nicholas Wise is Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events management in the Faculty of Education, Health and Community 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 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. He released three edited books in 2017 with Routledge: Urban Transformations: Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change (with Julie Clark), International Sports Volunteering (with Angela M. Benson) and Sport, Events, Tourism and Regeneration (with John Harris). Links to these books and recent journal articles can be found in the publications tab.


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


Editorial/letter to the editor

Wise N. 2018. Editorial: Tourism and Social Regeneration Social Sciences, >DOI

Wise N. 2017. Local community and local economy: Place, policies and power at the micro-scale Local Economy, >DOI

Journal article

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

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

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

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

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

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, >DOI

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

Wise N. 2017. Rugby World Cup: new directions or more of the same? Sport in Society, >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2016. Staging and Performing Identity at the Croke Park Classic: A Note on Sport, Geography and Neoliberalism European Journal of Geography, 7

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

Wise N. 2016. Outlining triple bottom line contexts in urban tourism regeneration Cities, >DOI

Wise N. 2016. Community, identity and contested notions of place: a study of Haitian recreational soccer players in the Dominican Republic Soccer and Society, >DOI

Aquilino L, Wise N. 2016. Evaluating the Competitiveness of the Northern and Southern Macro-Regions of Italy AlmaTourism: Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development, 7 >DOI

Wise N. 2015. Lifestyle Mobilities: intersections of travel, leisure and migration JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL CHANGE, 13 :94-96 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2015. Maintaining Dominican Identity in the Dominican Republic: Forging a Baseball Landscape in Villa Ascension International Review for the Sociology of Sport, >DOI

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

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

Wise N. 2015. Placing Sense of Community Journal of Community Psychology, >DOI

Wise N, Mulec I. 2015. Aesthetic Awareness and Spectacle: Communicated Images of Novi Sad, the Exit Festival and the Event Venue Petrovaradin Fortress Tourism Review International, >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, Mulec I. 2014. Semblances of ‘War Tourism’ in Sarajevo, Post-2005 American Journal of Tourism Management, >DOI

Kusek W, Wise N. 2014. Artistic Perceptions of Poles in London Scottish Geographical Journal, >DOI

Wise N. 2014. Layers of the Landscape: Representation and Perceptions of an Ordinary (Shared) Sport Landscape in a Haitian and Dominican Community Geographical Research, >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

Mulec I, Wise N. 2012. Strategic Guidelines for the Potential Geotourism Destination Titel Loess Plateau (Vojvodina, Serbia) Geoheritage, >DOI

Wise NA. 2011. Post-War Tourism and the Imaginative Geographies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia European Journal of Tourism Research, 4 :5-24

Harris J, Wise N. 2011. Geographies of Scale in International Rugby Union—The Case of Argentina Geographical Research, >DOI

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 N, Harris J. 2010. Reading Carlos Tevez: Football, Geography, and Contested Identities in Manchester International Journal of Sport Communication, 3 :322-335 >DOI

Wise NA. 2009. Quantitative Mapping and Population Restructuring: Migration, Diffusion, and Economic Change in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Geographer, 47

Wise N, Kirby SI. A ‘home away from home’: The (London) Jaguars and the NFL’s established international presence—a semi-deterritorialization approach Sport in Society,

Wise N. 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,

Book review

Wise N. 2018. Exploring the use and impact of travel guidebooks JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL CHANGE, 16 :101-102 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2018. Focus on world festivals: contemporary case studies and perspectives JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL CHANGE, 16 :105-106 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2018. A nice place to visit: Tourism and urban revitalization in the post-war Rustbelt JOURNAL OF URBAN AFFAIRS, 40 :296-297 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2018. Landscapes of leisure: space, place and identities JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL CHANGE, 16 :212-214 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2017. Tourism, land, and landscape in Ireland: the commodification of culture JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL CHANGE, 15 :103-104 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2017. Tour guiding research: insights, issues and implications JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL CHANGE, 15 :293-294 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2017. Tourism and national identity: heritage and nationhood in Scotland JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL CHANGE, 15 :288-289 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2017. The sustainable urban development reader, 3rd edition JOURNAL OF URBAN AFFAIRS, 39 :293-294 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2017. Marketing places and spaces JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL CHANGE, 15 :504-505 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2015. Events and Urban Regeneration: The Strategic Use of Events to Revitalize Cities JOURNAL OF URBAN AFFAIRS, 37 :230-231 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2015. Urban Tourism and Urban Change: Cities in a Global Economy JOURNAL OF URBAN AFFAIRS, 37 :662-663 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2014. The Dracula Dilemma: tourism, identity and the state in Romania TOURISM GEOGRAPHIES, 16 :334-336 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2013. Factions, friends and feasts: anthropological perspectives on the Mediterranean JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL CHANGE, 11 :235-237 >DOI >Link

Wise N. 2013. Event tourism: concepts, international case studies, and research JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL CHANGE, 11 :336-337 >DOI >Link


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

Wise N, Armenski T, Davidović N. 2018. Extending the exit brand: from Serbia’s fortress to Montenegro’s coast Mair J. The Routledge Handbook of Festivals :185-193 Routledge

Wise N, Aquilino L, Armenski T. 2018. Preparing for Matera 2019: Local Resident Participation in Research and Perceptions of Destination Competitiveness Springer

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

Benson AM, Wise N. 2017. Introduction: Directions and Insight in International Sport Volunteering Research Benson AM, Wise N. International Sports Volunteering Routledge

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, 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. 2017. 3.Living Abroad and Volunteering at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Benson A, Wise N. International Sports Volunteering 9781138697775

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 >Link

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 >Link

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, Harris J. 2017. 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, Peric M. 2017. 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. 2017. 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. 2016. Dominican Republic Stone J, Dennis RM, Rizova P, Smith AD, Hou X. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism Wiley-Blackwell

Wise N. 2016. Study Tour Jarari J, Xiao H. Encyclopedia of Tourism Springer

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

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

Wise N. 2015. Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas: Territorial Dispute between Great Britain and Argentina Brunet-Jailly E. Border Disputes: A Global Encyclopedia ABC-CLIO

Wise N. 2015. Guantánamo Bay: The United States and Cuba Brunet-Jailly E. Border Disputes: A Global Encyclopedia ABC-CLIO

Wise N. 2015. 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. 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, 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. Geographical Approaches and the Sociology of Sport Giulianotti R. Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport Routledge

Wise N. 2014. 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

Wise N. 2013. Transcending Imaginations through Football Participation and Narratives of the Other: Haitian National Identity in the Dominican Republic Harris J. Sport, Tourism and National Identities Routledge

Harris J, Wise N. 2012. 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. 2011. Global Sports Expansion: Baseball, Basketball, NASCAR, Football Swayne LE, Dodds M. Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing SAGE

Wise N, Heidari H. Using Complex Systems to Develop Smart Tourism Destinations: Exploring the Internet of Things Big Data and Innovation in Tourism, Travel, and Hospitality - Managerial Approaches, Techniques, and Applications Springer


Clark J, Wise N. 2018. Urban Renewal, Community and Participation Theory, Policy and Practice Springer 9783319723112

Wise N, Clark J. 2017. Urban Transformations: Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change Routledge

Benson AM, Wise N. 2017. International Sports Volunteering Routledge 9781138697775 >Link

Wise N, Harris J. 2017. Sport, Events, Tourism and Regeneration Routledge 9781138642812 >Link

Dun S, Spracklen K, Wise N. Game Changer: The Transformative Potential of Sport >Link

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

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 24/05/2017

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 04/05/2017

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 03/01/2017

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 28/03/2016

Sports Geography and Sports Sociology, Invited Lecture to the College of Physical Education, National Taiwan Sport University, Invited Lecture 26/11/2015

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 08/07/2015

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 15/06/2015

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 10/06/2015

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 02/12/2014

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Regional Studies Association

Other Professional Activity:

Academic Service: Manuscript Reviewer Academic Journals: American Journal of Sociology; Cogent Social Sciences; Current Issues in Tourism; Društvena Istraživanja; European Journal of Tourism Research; Health, Risk & Society; International Journal of Geo-Information; Journal of Community Psychology; Journal of Cultural Geography; Journal of Latin American Geography; Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education; Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development; Journal of Tourism Research & Hospitality; Leisure Studies; Local Economy; National Identities; Social & Cultural Geography; Sustainability; TIMS Acta; Tourism Analysis: an Interdisciplinary Journal; Tourism and Hospitality Management Book Proposals: Palgrave Macmallin; Routledge (2); Rowman & Littlefield

External Examiner Birmingham University College (2017–Present) -BA/FdA International Tourism Business Management -MA International Tourism Business Administration -MA Tourism Destination Management

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: 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:

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:

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)

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

Glasgow Caledonian University, 2015 PhD Studentship (Sports Tourism and Urban-Regional Regeneration), Grant value (£): £14,800 p/a

Erasmus, Erasmus Teaching Mobility, Lifelong Learning Programme (Rijeka, Croatia), Grant value (£): 1,012, Duration of research project: 2 Weeks

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

Carnegie Corporation of New York, Public Engagement Grant, John Harris (Coordinator), Grant value (£): 11,000, Duration of research project: 2014

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)

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., Marko Perić (Primary Investigator), Grant value (£): 40,081, Duration of research project: 3 years