Professor Sue Wise

Emeritus Professor

Research Interests

My route into higher education was a circuitous one. I left school at 16 with 2 'O' levels and did various jobs until I realised that my Dad had been right all along and I wasn't going to be able to get the kind of job I wanted unless I had more qualifications! College and night school lead on to an excellent social science degree at (then) Manchester Polytechnic as a mature student, during which I discovered that learning was exciting and that I was quite good at it. Revelation! Yes, higher education did change my life and I now enjoy watching our students make the same life-changing transitions.

My academic life has been intertwined with my work as a political activist over many years. In the 1970s and 1980s I was deeply involved in the Women's Movement and the Lesbian and Gay Movement, mainly in Manchester, UK. I am passionately committed to social justice for all marginalised and oppressed groups, and my teaching and writing share this as their main concern.

Since I arrived here in 1989, I have taught on all of the degree schemes in the department, but currently my teaching is focussed on the Social Work programmes. I teach about 'Social Divisions and Social Diversity' to both BA & MA students. I am a qualified social worker and have experience in the statutory sector in both residential and field work, mainly working with children and families. In the voluntary sector, in the 1970s I was an early member & organiser of 'FRIEND', a counselling service for LGBT people.

Oh, yes. And as you can see, Elvis lives - but he's shrunk a bit!

Documents of life and the Undead: the 'undead', online postmortem photographs and critical humanist ethics
Wise, S. 2013 In: Documents of life revisited. Farnham : Ashgate p. 161-176. ISBN: 9781409442899 .

The Domestication of Death: the sequestration thesis and domestic figuration
Stanley, L., Wise, S. 12/2011 In: Sociology. 45, 6, p. 947-962. 16 p.
Journal article

The ESRC's 2010 Framework for Research Ethics: fit for research purpose?
Stanley, L., Wise, S. 30/11/2010 In: Sociological Research Online. 15, 4, p. n/a.
Journal article

Feminist methodology matters!
Wise, S., Stanley, L. 2008 In: Introducing Gender and Women's Studies. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 221-243. 23 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Putting it into practice: using feminist fractured foundationalism in researching children in the concentration camps of the South African War.
Wise, S.H., Stanley, L. 31/03/2006
Other contribution

Having it all: feminist fractured foundationalism.
Wise, S., Stanley, L. 2006 In: Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies. London : Sage ISBN: 0761943900.

Beyond marriage: The less said about love and life-long continuance together the better.
Wise, S.H., Stanley, L. 1/05/2004 In: Feminism and Psychology. 14, 2, p. 332-343. 12 p.
Journal article

Looking back and looking forward: some recent feminist sociology reviewed.
Wise, S.H., Stanley, L. 31/08/2003
Other contribution

But the empress has no clothes : some awkward questions about the missing the 'missing revolution' in feminist theory.
Stanley, E., Wise, S.H. 12/2000 In: Feminist Theory. 1, 3, p. 261-288. 28 p.
Journal article

'New right' or 'backlash'? Section 28, 'moral panic' and 'promoting homosexuality'.
Wise, S.H. 31/05/2000 In: Sociological Research Online. 5, 1
Journal article

Wise, S.H. 2000 In: The Blackwell encyclopaedia of social work. Oxford : Blackwell p. 154.

Wise, S.H. 2000 In: The Blackwell encyclopaedia of social work. Oxford : Blackwell p. 158.

Lesbian and gay issues in social work.
Wise, S.H., Hicks, S. 2000 In: The Blackwell encyclopaedia of social work. Oxford : Blackwell p. 193-195. 3 p.

Breaking Out Again: feminist ontology & epistemology
Stanley, L., Wise, S. 1993 2nd ed. ed. London : Routledge. 253 p. ISBN: 0415072700.

Georgie Porgie: sexual harassment in everyday life
Wise, S., Stanley, L. 1987 London : Pandora Press. 235 p. ISBN: 0863580181.