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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


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

• Certificate in research leadership, training programme by IMPLEMENT for University of Aarhus, 2010

Positions held


• Circle U chair, 2021-2023

• Professor of Educational Anthropology, Danish Educational University, from May 2003 
   (C-SAP), University of Birmingham, 2000-3
• Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Sussex, 1985-97
• 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

• Teaching and Learning Development Officer (half-time), School of Cultural and Community Studies, University of Sussex, Jan-Dec 1994
• Rural Community Worker, Cleveland Council for Voluntary Service, 1984-85
  Field Research 
• University reform in UK, periodically, 1996-2003
• Transformation of governance in UK, fieldwork of 3-6 months each year, 1985-1995
• Local government: mobilizing ‘community’ to resist the roll back of the state
• Ex-mining village: gendered concepts of ‘individual’ and ‘ community’ in local organizations
• Decision Making for Rural Areas: Government commissioned study of central, local and parish government (Dorset, Lincolnshire and Cleveland) 1978-1983

Professional Activities
• UNESCO’s Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage, participant in Drafting Group of
• Foundation Working Party to establish UK-UNESCO, member,1998-9
  member of    UK delegation, 30 March-2 April 1998

International Network 'Knowledge and Power'
• Participant at annual conferences from 2004 and onwards
• Contributor to the resulting volumes

British Association for the Advancement of Science
• President’s Day Conference on ‘The Politicisation of Culture’.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
• Chair of Panel for Recognition of Advanced Courses in Anthropology, 1996

• Chair or member of PhD examining committees in Denmark (3), Australia (2), UK (numerous)

• Host to 14 visiting professors to EPOKE 2010-2012, from USA, China, Singapore, New Zealand, UK. 

Professional Associations
American Anthropological Association (AAA)

• Founding member of section on Anthropology of Public Policy, 2004-

 Anthropology in Action (incorporating GAPP)
• Committee member of AinA 1990-3,1995
• Member of GAPP since 1981.

Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA)
• Committee member 1990-1994

Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)

Society for Applied Anthropology
• Elected Fellow 1996.

American Association of Anthropologists
European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA)
LATISS, Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences
Qualitative Research
• Editorial Board, 2003-present
 Community Development Journal

 • Department for International Development: ‘"Culture" in Anthropology and Development’ address to Network of International Social Development Advisers, 1997.
• Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, Sussex University: voluntary sector and participatory housing development in Bulgaria,1992.

• £1.4m, to establish Centre for Teaching and Learning Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP), Jan 2000- Dec 2004(Higher Education Funding Councils).
• £267,996, to run a National Development Programme for Teaching and Learning Anthropology, Oct 1996-Sept 1999 (Higher Education Funding Council for England).
• £14,800 to conduct a base-line study on the teaching of anthropology in the UK and establish the National Network for Teaching and Learning Anthropology, 1994-95 (Department of Education and Employment).

Research Grants
• £50,000 Higher Education Funding Councils