Department of Sociology

Associate Professor Amanda Wise

Amanda WiseAssociate Professor 
Office: W6A/833 
Phone: (02) 9850 8835
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Amanda's research interests include global cities and diversity; materialities, civilities, and 'sensibilities' of urban life; multiculturalism and 'lived diversity' (especially 'everyday multiculturalism') in Australia and Singapore; race and interethnic relations; cultural attachments to and formations of place, especially in relation to multicultural cities; national and cultural identities; diasporic, transnational and migrant communities; labour mobility in and from Asia; and experiences of low wage migrant labourers in Australia and Asia. 

She 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 ARC projects:

Everyday Multiculturalism at Work: Australia and Singapore Compared (2012-2015)
Transnational Affect among Temporary 457 Visa workers from India (2006-8)


PhD Supervisions

Emma Mitchell Muticultural perspectives of welfare: moral and material economies of responsibility
Phillippa Belmore Refugee mentoring: its capacity to welcome refugess, build social capital and assist settlement
Ruth Gresham Knowledge, experiences, perceptions and attitudes of the receiving society to international students
Waji Hamid Lakemba through the eyes of its residents
Shivani Ganesan Raju Living multiculturalism in Parramatta
Chand Somaiah 2016 Cosmopolitan-Modernity and Reconstructions of Immigrant Mothering; Kodavathees across the Asia-Pacific
Mitra Pariyar 2016 Overseas Caste Among Military Migrants: The Midgration and Settlement of Nepalese Gurkhas in Britain
Randa Abdul-Fattah 2016 Islamophobia, Racial Australianisation and Everyday Multiculturalism
Tran Nguyen 2016 (Associate) Situating encounter: negotiating cultural diversity in the Australian employment services providers
Kristine Aquino 2013 Everyday racism and resistance: the lives of Filipino migrants in Australia
Sudheesh Bhasi 2013 Migration, faith and social capital: an ethnography of Sydney's Hindu diaspora
Laavanya Kathiravelu 2011 Destination Dubai: Migration and city-building in a rapidly developing city-state
Banu Senay 2010 The Turkish state and its cultural attachés : long-distance Kemalism in Australia


2009 (eds.) with Selvaraj Velayutham. Everyday Multiculturalism. Houndsmills, England: Palgrave Macmillan.
2006 Exile & Return Among the East Timorese. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Journal Articles
2017 Wise, A & Velayutham, S. 'Transnational Affect and Emotion in Migration Research', in International Journal of Sociology. 47(2) 2017 Forthcoming. 'The Long Reach of the Riots: Denying racism, forgetting Cronulla', in Journal of Intercultural Studies
2016 Wise, A. and Noble, G. 'Convivialities: An Orientation'. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 37(5), 423-431.
2016. Convivial Labour and the 'Joking Relationship': Humour and Everyday Multiculturalism at Work. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 37(5), 481-500.
2016 'Becoming Cosmopolitan: Encountering difference in a city of mobile labour'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42 (14) 2289-2308.
2015 by Neal, S. Researching the everyday: An interview with Amanda Wise. Sociology, 49(5), pp.988-1000.
2014 Wise, A. & Velayutham.S. 'Convivialities in Everyday Multiculturalism: Australia and Singapore Compared'. In European Journal of Cultural Studies. 17(4) 406-430.
2013 Wise, A. 'Pyramid subcontracting and moral detachment: Down-sourcing risk and responsibility in the management of transnational labour in Asia'. The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 24(3), 433-455.
2013 Wise, A. Hope in a Land of strangers. In Identities, 20(1), 37-45.
2011 'Foreign' Signs & Multicultural Belongings on a Diverse Shopping Street', in Journal of Built Environment, 37 (2), 139-154.
2011 'Moving Food: Gustatory Commensality And Disjuncture In Everyday Multiculturalism', in New Formations: journal of culture/theory/politics, 74 (1), 82-107.
2010 'Sensuous Multiculturalism: Emotional Landscapes of Interethnic Living in Australian Suburbia', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36(6) 917-937.
2008 with Selvaraj Velayutham. 'Second Generation Tamils & a Cross Cultural Marriage: Managing the Translocal Village in a Moment of Cultural Rupture', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 34(1) 113-131.
2005 'Hope and Belonging in a Multicultural Suburb', Journal of Intercultural Studies, 26(1/2) 171-186.
2005 with Selvaraj Velayutham. 'Moral Economies of a Translocal Village: Obligations and Shame Among South Indian Transnational Migrants'. Global Networks 5(1): 27-47.
2004 'Nation, Transnation, Diaspora: The Transnational Dimensions to East Timorese Political & National Identities', Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 19(3) 151-180.
2004 'Embodying Exile: Protest, Performance, Trauma and Affect in the Formation of East Timorese Refugee Identities', Social Analysis: The International Journal of Cultural & Social Practice, 48(3) 24-39.

Book Chapters
2017 Forthcoming. Transversal Belongings & Diasporic Intersections. In Cohen, Robin & Fischer, Caroline. Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Studies , London: Routledge.
2016 'Mobilising Sentiment for Multiplicity', in Wilson H & Darling, J. (eds) Encountering the City: Urban Encounters From Accra To New York. London: Ashgate.
2014 Wise, A & Velayutham S "Dancing with Ga(y)nesh: Rethinking cultural appropriation in multicultural Australia", in 'Religion, Sexuality and Spirituality' edited by Carole Cusack and Jason Prior. London: Routledge.
2014 Wise, A. 'Everyday Multiculturalism', in COMPAS Anthology of Migration. Oxford University. Oxford, UK.
2012 Wise, Amanda. 'Landscapes of Inter-Ethnic Living'. Emotions and Human Mobility: Ethnographies of Movement, 53- London: Routledge.
2012 Velayutham, Selvaraj & Wise, Amanda. 'Moral Economies of a Translocal Village: Obligation & Shame among South Indian Transnational Migrants'. In Sahoo, Baas & Faist (eds) Indian Diaspora and Transnationalism. New Dehli: Rawat.
2011 '"You wouldn't know what's in there would you?": Homeliness & 'Foreign' signs in a translocal suburb', in Brickell, Katherine and Datta, Ayona, eds. (2011) Translocal geographies: spaces, places, connections. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK.
2010 "Everyday Multiculturalism : Transversal Crossings and Working Class Cosmopolitans", in Wise, A & Velayutham S (eds). Everyday Multiculturalism. Houndsmills, England: Palgrave Macmillan.
2009 '"It's Just an Attitude That You Feel": Inter-ethnic habitus before the Cronulla riots', in G. Noble (ed.) Lines in the Sand: The Cronulla Riots and the Limits of Australian Multiculturalism. Institute of Criminology Press.
2005 'East Timor', in P. Poddar and D. Johnson (eds.) A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in English, University of Edinburgh Press.
2003 'Embodying Exile: Trauma, Protest & Identity and the formation East Timorese identities in Exile', in M. Leach and F. Mansouri (eds.) Critical Perspectives in Refugee Policy in Australia, Deakin University Press.
2003 'On youth, hybridity and the politics of representing the East Timorese community', in M. Butcher and M. Thomas (eds.) Ingenious: emerging youth cultures in urban Australia. Sydney: Pluto Press.

Major Reports & Recent Media OpEds
2016. 'Behind Singapore's PISA rankings success - and why other countries may not want to join the race', in The Conversation, 8/12/16 OpEd to-join-the-race-70057
2016. 'We don't have what it takes to compete in the education arms race', Sydney Morning Herald & The Age 13/12/16. OpEd
2010 (with Maddox et al), 'Political Participation of Muslims in Australia'. Canberra: Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
2008 (with Kylie Sait) Getting to Know the Locals: Researching the Impact of the Mentor Program for Tibetan Refugees.
2008 StepOne: Community Cohesion & Anti-Racism Toolkit.
2008 MUSLIM-AUSTRALIANS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Grassroots strategies to improve relations between Muslim and non-Muslim-Australians. (300 pages) Report to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University.
2006 'Building Neighbourhood Harmony: Strategies for Local Government'. Report prepared for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.