Nicholas Wise joins ASU after working abroad since 2012. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Nicholas completed his Bachelor’s degree at Lock Haven University (2006) and Master’s at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2008). In 2012 he received his PhD 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. 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 placemaking, 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. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE).
Ph.D., Human Geography, 2012, Kent State University
Dissertation Title: Layering Senses of Place in the Sport Landscape: Emergent Representations of Identity in a Haitian and Dominican Community
M.A., Geography, 2008, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
International Field Studies/Internship: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cyprus
Postgraduate Certificate, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2017, Liverpool John Moores University
B.S., Geography, 2006, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Minors: Anthropology and International Studies
Spring 2006: Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia)
Fall 2005: The College of St. Mark and St. John (Plymouth, England)
Spring 2005: Beijing Technology and Business University (Beijing, China)
Wise, N., & Jimura, T. (eds). (2020). Tourism, Cultural Heritage and Urban Regeneration: Changing Spaces in Historical Places. Berlin: Springer.
Harris, J., & Wise, N. (eds). (2019). Rugby in Global Perspective: Playing on the Periphery. London: Routledge.
Kusek, W.A., & Wise, N. (eds). (2019). Human Geography and Professional Mobility. London: Routledge.
Wise, N., & Harris, J. (eds). (2019). Events, Places and Societies. London: Routledge.
Clark, J., & Wise, N. (eds). (2018). Urban Renewal, Community and Participation: Theory, Policy and Practice. Berlin: Springer.
Wise, N., & Clark, J. (eds). (2017). Urban Transformations: Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change. London: Routledge.
Wise, N., & Harris, J. (eds). (2017). Sport, Events, Tourism and Regeneration. London: Routledge.
Benson, A.M., & Wise, N. (eds). (2017). International Sports Volunteering. London: Routledge.
Dun, S., Spracklen, K., & Wise, N. (eds). (2014). Game Changer: The Transformative Potential of Sport. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.
Aquilino, L., Harris, J., & Wise, N. (2021). A sense of rurality: Events, placemaking and community participation in a small Welsh town. Journal of Rural Studies, 83, 138-145. DOI:
Wise, N., Đurkin Badurina, J. & Perić, M. (Accepted). Pre-event competitiveness: Exploring residents’ perceptions of place management and local impacts. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.
Perić, M., Wise, N., Heydari, R., Keshtidar, M., & Mekinc, J. (2021). Getting back to the event: Covid-19, attendance and perceived importance of protection. Kinesiology, 53(1), 12-19.
Wise, N., Đurkin Badurina, J. & Perić, M. (2021). Assessing residents’ perceptions of urban placemaking prior to hosting a major cultural event. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 12(1), 51-69.
Aquilino, L., Wise, N., & Harris J. (2020). Wackiness and event management: The case of the World Alternative Games. Event Management, 24(5), 567-577.
Enqing, T., & Wise, N. (2020). 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, 55(8), 1029-1055.
Gamidullaeva, L., Vasin, S., & Wise, N. (2020). Increasing small- and medium-enterprise contribution to local and regional economic growth by assessing the institutional environment. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 27(2), 259-280.
Wise, N. (2020). Eventful futures and triple bottom line impacts: BRICS, image regeneration and competitiveness. Journal of Place Management and Development, 13(1), 89-100.
Kersulić, A., Perić, M., & Wise, N. (2020). Assessing and Considering the Wider Impacts of Sport-Tourism Events: A Research Agenda Review of Sustainability and Strategic Planning Elements. Sustainability, 12, 4473.
Vasin, S., Gamidullaeva, L., Wise, N., & Korolev, K. (2020). Knowledge exchange and the trust institution: A new look at the problem. Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 11(3), 1026-1042.
Wise, N. & *Kirby, S.I. (2020). A ‘home away from home’: The (London) Jaguars and the NFL’s established international presence—a semi-deterritorialization approach. Sport in Society, 23(1), 72-87.
Wise, N., Polidoro, M., Hall, G., & Uvinha, R.R. (2019). User-generated insight of Rio’s Rocinha Favela Tour: Authentic attraction or vulnerable living environment? Local Economy, 34(7), 680-698.
Wise, N., Melis, C., & Jimura, T. (2019). Liverpool’s urban imaginary: The Beatles and tourism fanscapes. The Journal of Popular Culture, 52(6), 1433-1450.
Aquilino, L., Armenski, T., & Wise, N. (2019). Assessing the competitiveness of Matera and the Basilicata Region (Italy) ahead of the 2019 European Capital of Culture. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 19(4), 503-517.
Zhao, Y., & Wise, N. (2019). Evaluating the intersection between “green events” and sense of community at Liverpool’s Lark Lane Farmers Market. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(5), 1118-1130.
Wise, N., Perić, M., & Ðurkin, J. (2019). Benchmarking service delivery for sports tourism and events: Lessons for Gorski kotar, Croatia from Pokljuka, Slovenia. European Journal of Tourism Research, 22, 107-128.
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, 38(3), 300-316.
Gellweiler, S., Fletcher, T., & Wise, N. (2019). Exploring experiences and emotions sport event volunteers associate with ‘role exit’. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 54(4), 495-511.
Lin, Y-H., Ryan, C., Wise, N., & *Low, L.W. 2018. A content analysis of airline mission statements: Changing trends and contemporary components. Tourism Management Perspectives, 28, 156-165.
Gellweiler, S., Wise, N., & Fletcher, T. (2018). Understanding the ‘lived experience’ of sport event volunteers: Using the hermeneutic circle as a guiding conceptual framework. Event Management, 22(4), 629-642.
Wise, N. (2018). Assessing the use of geospatial technologies in higher education Teaching. European Journal of Geography, 9(3), 1154-1164.
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(7), 656-677.
Perić, M., Wise, N., & Dragičević, D. (2017). Suggesting a service research agenda in sport tourism: Working experience(s) into business models. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 7(1), 58-76.
Wise, N. (2017). Rugby World Cup: New directions or more of the same? Sport in Society, 20(3), 341-354.
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(3), 363-383.
Perić, M., Đurkin, J., & Wise, N. (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, 1337.
Wise, N. (2016). Staging and performing identity at the Croke Park Classic: A note on sport, geography and neoliberalism. European Journal of Geography, 7(4), 35-40.
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(13), 23-47.
Wise, N., & Harris, J. (2016). Community, identity and contested notions of place: A study of Haitian recreational soccer players in the Dominican Republic. Soccer & Society, 17(4), 610-627.
Wise, N. (2016). Outlining triple bottom line contexts in urban tourism regeneration. Cities, 53, 30-34.
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, 30(8), 1000-1016.
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, 19(4), 193-205.
Wise, N. (2015). Placing sense of community. Journal of Community Psychology, 43(7), 920-929.
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(1), 141-150.
Easton, S., & Wise, N. (2015). Online portrayals of volunteer tourism in Nepal: Exploring the communicated disparities between promotional and user-generated content. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, 7(2), 141-158.
Wise, N. (2015). Maintaining Dominican identity in the Dominican Republic: Forging a baseball landscape in Villa Ascension. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50(2), 161-178.
Wise, N. (2014). Layers of the landscape: Representation and perceptions of an ordinary (shared) sport landscape in a Haitian and Dominican community. Geographical Research, 52(2), 212-222.
Kusek, W., & Wise, N. (2014). Artistic Perceptions of Poles in London. Scottish Geographical Journal, 130(2), 99-115.
Wise, N., & Mulec, I. (2014). Semblances of ‘war tourism’ in Sarajevo, post-2005. American Journal of Tourism Management, 3(1B), 1-9.
Mulec, I., & Wise, N. (2013). Indicating the competitiveness of Serbia’s Vojvodina region as an emerging tourism destination. Tourism Management Perspectives, 8, 68-79.
Mulec, I., & Wise, N. (2012). Strategic guidelines for the potential geotourism destination Titel Loess Plateau (Vojvodina, Serbia). Geoheritage, 4(3), 213-220.
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, International Research Journal, 10(2), 171-187.
Wise, N.A., & Mulec, I. (2012). Headlining Dubrovnik’s tourism image: Transitioning representations/narratives of war and heritage preservation, 1991-2010. Tourism Recreation Research, 37(1), 57-69.
Wise, N. (2011). Transcending imaginations through football participation and narratives of the other: Haitian national identity in the Dominican Republic. Journal of Sport & Tourism, 16(3), 259-275.
Harris, J., & Wise, N. (2011). Geographies of scale in international rugby union—The case of Argentina. Geographical Research, 49(4), 375-383.
Wise, N.A. (2011). Post-war tourism and the imaginative geographies of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. European Journal of Tourism Research, 4(1), 5-24.
Wise, N., & Harris, J. (2010). Reading Carlos Tevez: Football, geography, and contested identities in Manchester. International Journal of Sport Communication, 3(3), 322-335.
Wise, N.A. (2009). Quantitative mapping and population restructuring: Migration, diffusion, and economic change in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Geographer, 47(2), 20-48.