Amanda Wise

Associate Professor

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Research Interests

Amanda's research interests include comparative work on global cities and diversity; materialities, civilities, and 'sensibilities' of urban life; multiculturalism and 'lived diversity' (especially 'everyday multiculturalism'); race and interethnic relations; social cohesion & integration; cultural attachments to and formations of place, especially in relation to multicultural cities; national and cultural identities; diasporic, transnational and migrant communities and migration more generally; settlement experiences of asylum seekers and refugees; labour mobility in and from Asia; and experiences of low wage migrant labourers in Australia and Asia. 

Amanda has held a number of large Australian Research Council Grants and has extensive experience in advising and undertaking commissioned research for government on issues of diversity and strategies to tackle racism. Amanda has supervised numerous PhD projects on topics surrounding everyday multiculturalism, transnational and diasporic communities, global cities, and migrant settlement

Current and recent projects:

Urban Diversity & Pickup Sport: Marginality, Inclusion and the Urban Commons 
Project blog

Everyday Multiculturalism at Work: Australia and Singapore Compared (2012-2015)

Transnational Affect among Temporary 457 Visa workers from India (2006-8)


  • SOC175 -  Australia and Global Societies
  • SOC297  - Global Migration & Human Rights (from 2018)
  • SOCI317 - Asian Mobilities
  • SOCI318 - Living Diversities: Multiculturalism, Racism, Nation (from 2018)


PhD Supervisions

Phillippa BelmoreRefugee mentoring: its capacity to welcome refugees, build social capital and assist settlement
Waji HamidLakemba through the eyes of its residents
Shivani Ganesan RajuLiving multiculturalism in Parramatta
 Emma Mitchell
Muticultural perspectives of welfare: moral and material economies of responsibility
Ruth Gresham
2017 Knowledge, experiences, perceptions and attitudes of the receiving society to international students
Chand Somaiah2016 Cosmopolitan-Modernity and Reconstructions of Immigrant Mothering; Kodavathees across the Asia-Pacific
Mitra Pariyar2016 Overseas Caste Among Military Migrants: The Midgration and Settlement of Nepalese Gurkhas in Britain
Randa Abdul-Fattah2016 Islamophobia, Racial Australianisation and Everyday Multiculturalism
Tran Nguyen2016 (Associate) Situating encounter: negotiating cultural diversity in the Australian employment services providers
Kristine Aquino2013 Everyday racism and resistance: the lives of Filipino migrants in Australia
Sudheesh Bhasi2013 Migration, faith and social capital: an ethnography of Sydney's Hindu diaspora
Laavanya Kathiravelu2011 Destination Dubai: Migration and city-building in a rapidly developing city-state
Banu Senay2010 The Turkish state and its cultural attachés : long-distance Kemalism in Australia

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Projects 2006 2021

Research Outputs 2001 2019

Humour at work: conviviality through language play in Singapore’s multicultural workplaces

Wise, A. & Velayutham, S., 21 May 2019, In : Ethnic and Racial Studies.

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Transversal crossings and diasporic intersections

Wise, A., 2019, Routledge handbook of diaspora studies. Cohen, R. & Fischer, C. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 146-153 8 p.

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Convivialities: possibility and ambivalence in urban multicultures

Wise, A. (ed.) & Noble, G. (ed.), 2018, London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 115 p.

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Convivialities: an orientation

Wise, A. & Noble, G., 2018, Convivialities: possibility and ambivalence in urban multicultures. Wise, A. & Noble, G. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript/introductionResearchpeer-review

Convivial labour and the 'joking relationship': humour and everyday multiculturalism at work

Wise, A., 2018, Convivialities: possibility and ambivalence in urban multicultures. Wise, A. & Noble, G. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 59-78 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review