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Susan Wright



Name   Susan Wright

Professor of Educational Anthropology and Circle U chair
   Institute of Educational Anthropology
   Danish University of Education
   Tuborgvej 164, 2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark
   Tel. +45 88 88 91 79
   Email: suwr@dpu.dk

Academic Qualifications
• D.Phil. in Social Anthropology, University of Oxford, 1985
• Diploma in Ethnology, Oxford University, Linacre College,1973
• BA (Hons) Modern History, University of Durham, St Aidan's College, 1972

Positions held

• Professor of Educational Anthropology, Danish University of Education, Copenhagen, May 2003-present 
• Director of Higher Education Academy’s Centre for Learning and Teaching – Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP),University of Birmingham, 2000-3
• Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham. 1998-2002
• Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Sussex,1985-97
• Fellow of British Institute for Persian Studies, 1983-84
• Associate Researcher, Department of Planning, University College London, 1978-83

Visiting Professorships

• Visiting Professor; GLEA, University of Coventry, UK, 2021 -

• Professor in Practice, Department of Anthropology, University of Durham, 2020 -

• Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2003 and 2001

• Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Aarhus, 2000

• Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Stockholm, 1998

Other Academic
• Convenor of National Network for Teaching and Learning Anthropology (NNTLA) (one day per week),
• Teaching and Learning Development Officer (half-time),School of Cultural and Community Studies,       University of Sussex, Jan-Dec 1994
• Evaluator of Unemployment Strategy, Cleveland County Council, Jan-Dec 1991
• Rural Community Worker, Cleveland Council for Voluntary Service, 1984-85

Field Research
• University reform in Denmark, current
• University reform in UK, short periods each year 1996-2003
• Culture and world governance, through participation in UNESCO events, 1997-2003
• Transformation of governance in UK, fieldwork of 3-6 month search year, 1985-1995
    o Central government: contested emergence of Mrs. Thatcher’ s ‘individual’
    o Local government: mobilizing ‘community’ to resist the roll back of the state
    o Voluntary action: concepts of ‘community’ and ‘development’ in community arts
    o Ex-mining village: gendered concepts of ‘individual’ and ‘community’ in local organizations
• Participation in rural governance, UK: participantobservation as a community worker, 1984-5
• Decision Making for Rural Areas: Government commissioned study of central, local and parish  government (Dorset, Lincolnshire and Cleveland) 1978-1983
• Political organization in Doshman Ziari, Iran during the Shah’s modernization, 1974 (4 months), 1975-6 (16 months), and after the Islamic revolution, 1992, 1995, 1996 (2-6 weeks).

Professional Activities
• UK-UNESCO National Commission, Chair of Culture Committee2000-3
• UNESCO’s Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage, participant in Drafting Group of International Experts and UK delegate to meeting of European National Commissions, June-July2002
• UNESCO General Assembly, member of UK Delegation, November2001
• Foundation Working Party to establish UK-UNESCO, member,1998-9
• UNESCO Intergovernmental Conference ‘The Power of Culture’,invited participant and member of UK delegation, 30 March-2 April1998
• Cultural Diversity and Citizenship organiser of the UK-UNESCO seminar, Birmingham 1997.

British Association for the Advancement of Science
• President of the Anthropology and Archaeology Section,1996-7
• President’s Day Conference on ‘The Politicisation of Culture’.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
• Member of Training Board, 1994-96 
• Chair of Panel for Recognition of Advanced Courses in Anthropology, 1996
• PhD Studentship Competition Examiner and Advanced Course Recognition Assessor, 1994.


Professional Associations

Trans-Atlantic Forum on the Future of Universities (Ford Foundation funded)

Member 2005-presentOrganiser of international ‘capstone’ conference, Copenhagen, 28-29 June 2006

American Anthropological Association - Interest Group for the Anthropology of Public Policy

IGAPP Steering Group 2004-presentMember of AAA since 1999.

National Network for Teaching and Learning Anthropology (NNTLA)

· Founder and Chair 1994-9.

Anthropology in Action (incorporating GAPP)

· Co-founder and Convenor of AinA 1988-90, 1994

· Committee member of AinA 1990-3,1995

· Convenor of Group for Anthropology in Policy and Practice(GAPP), 1987-91

· Member of GAPP since 1981.

Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA)

· Committee member 1990-1994

· Member since 1988.

Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)

· Trustee of Radcliffe Brown Memorial Fund 1991-4.

European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA)

· Member since 1989.

Journal Editing

LATISS, Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences

· Founder and Co-Editor, 2003-present

Qualitative Research

· Editorial Board, 2003-2008

Anthropology in Action

Editorial Advisory Board, 2005-present

Community Development Journal

· Editorial Board, 1986-1991.


· Department of Anthropology, University of Stockholm: one-weekDemos project on ‘Local Perceptions of Good Governance’, 1998.

· Department for International Development: ‘"Culture" in Anthropology and Development’ address to Network of International Social Development Advisers, 1997.

· Ministry of Rural Reconstruction, Iran: field-based staff training on qualitative and participatory research on poverty(one-week, in Persian); two-day seminars on participatory institutions for rural development, Shiraz and Tehran, 1996.

· Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, Sussex University: voluntary sector and participatory housing development in Bulgaria,1992.