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Susan Wright


Present Post
Professor of Educational Anthropology
   Danish University of Education
   Tel. +45 88 88 91 79

Academic Qualifications
• D.Phil. in Social Anthropology, University of Oxford, 1985
• 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
• 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, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2003 and 2001
• 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
o Local government: mobilizing ‘community’ to resist the roll back of the state
o 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 ofCulture’.

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

 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 SocialSciences
Qualitative Research
• Editorial Board, 2003-present
 Community Development Journal
• Department for International Development: ‘"Culture" inAnthropology and Development’ address to Network of InternationalSocial 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 LearningSociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP), Jan 2000- Dec 2004(Higher Education Funding Councils).
• £267,996, to run a National Development Programme forTeaching and Learning Anthropology, Oct 1996-Sept 1999 (HigherEducation Funding Council for England).
• £14,800 to conduct a base-line study on the teaching ofanthropology in the UK and establish the National Network forTeaching and Learning Anthropology, 1994-95 (Department ofEducation and Employment).
 Research Grants
• £50,000 Higher Education Funding Councils, ‘Hig