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Dr Mark Wise

Teaching and Support Assistant

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)




Dr Mark Wise

BA First Class (Hons) Geography, University of Leicester

MA First Class, Geography, University of British Columbia

D.Phil., Centre for Contemporary European Studies, University of Sussex (in association with the Centre d'Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration Studies

(Awarded `ad personam’ by the European University Council in 1998 in recognition of teaching and research related to European Integration and the creation of the multidisciplinary programme of European Studies at the University of Plymouth)

Dr Wise also speaks fluent French. He publishes and teaches in the language, notably within the context of the European Union's ERASMUS teaching and student exchange scheme.



Teaching interests

I teach on all three years of both the European Studies and Geography undergraduate degree courses as well as on two Masters Programmes. I also supervise doctoral students. My contributions focus on the processes of European integration. While concentrating on geographical and policy dimensions of this unification process, I develop an interdisciplinary approach IN teaching students from a variety of disciplinary and national backgrounds. Within the ERASMUS staff-exchange scheme, I also teach each year in continental European universities, especially at the Université de Toulouse in France.



Research interests

My research interests and publications have been varied but they focus on questions related to geographical dimensions of European integration. My doctoral thesis analysed the policy-making processes producing the original Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of the European Union. This interest later led to a major book and several articles on the CFP. I have also co-authored a book entitled `From Single Market to Social Europe’ and published research on European regional policy, transnational regions within the EU, the EU as a global trading partner and French attitudes to European integration. As a fluent French speaker, I am presently focusing my research effort on the political-geographical dimensions of language policy within the EU. In particular, I am examining the problems of promoting the EU principle of respect for linguistic diversity in a Europe where English has become the increasingly dominant language of communication in most international domains.




Wise, M. (1987). 'European, national and regional concepts of fishing limits in the European Community' in Blake, G.R. (ed.) Maritime Boundaries and Ocean Resources, Croom Helm, London, pp.117-132.

Wise, M. & Croxford, G. (1988). 'The European Regional Development Fund: Community ideals and national realities', Political Geography Quarterly,vol.7, no.2, pp.161-182.

Wise, M. (1988). 'Genesis y evolucion de la politica pequera comun', Revista de Estudios Agro-Sociales, no.144, segundo trimestre, pp.11-35.

Wise, M. (1989). 'France and European Unity', ch.3, pp.35-73 in R. Aldrich & J. Connell (eds.) France and World Politics , Routledge, London,

Wise, M (1991) 'War, Peace and the European Community', ch. 8 pp.110-126 in N.Kliot & S.Waterman (eds) The Political Geography of Conflict and Peace, Belhaven Press, London.

Wise, M. & Gibb, R. (1993) Single Market to Social Europe: the EC in the 1990s Longman, London (90,000 words).

Wise, M. (1994) `L'Arco Atlantico: Mito o Realtà?'.In: Lezzi, C S & Trono, A, eds, Atti del Seminario Internazionale, 1992 e Periferie d'Europa: Prospetti Regionale del Mercato Unico. Bologna, Pàtron Editore, pp 237-256.

Wise, M. (1994) `The European Community'. In: Gibb R & Michalak W, eds, Continental Trading Blocs: the growth of regionalism in the world economy. Chichester, Wiley, pp. 74-110. (14,000 words)

Wise, M (1995) `A Social Charter for a European Social Market?' chapter 10 in: Ugur, M (ed) Policy Issues in the European Union: a Reader in the Political Economy of European Integration Greenwich University Press.

Wise, M (1996) `Regional concepts of `community' in the Common Fisheries Policy', chapter 14, pp 141-158 (8,000 words) in Symes, D & Crean, K Fisheries Management in Crisis: a social science perspective Blackwell Science: Oxford.

Wise, M. (1996) `Plymouth: son passé et son avenir comme ville maritime'. In F Roudaut (ed), La ville maritime: temps, espaces et représentations, 161-170. Université de Bretagne Occidentale: Brest

Wise, M (1997) `The Development of British Immigration Policy'. In: M Panadero Moya & C Garcia Martinez Migraciones extranjeras en la Unión Europea Colección ESTUDIOS, no. 40, Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca pp 63-82 (chapter 5) ISBN 84-89492-51-4

Wise, M (1998) The Atlantic Arc and South West England: opportunity or threat? In: A M Blacksell, J A Matthews and P C Sims (eds), Environmental Management and Change in Plymouth and the South West, 283-309. University of Plymouth: Plymouth

Wise, M. 2000. The Atlantic Arc: Transnational European Reality or Regional Mirage? Journal of Common Market Studies, 38, 865-890

Wise, M. 2000. From Atlantic Arc to Atlantic Area: A Case of Subsidiarity against the Regions? Regional Studies, 34, 865-873

Wise, M (2001) `La Politique Commune de la Pêche; bouc émissaire du déclin des pêcheries européennes? Cahiers Nantais, no,55-56, pp.89-112

Wise, M (2004 in press)`Linguistic Human Rights in Europe’ In Diretti Futuri (Future Human Rights in a Age of Globalization) ed. F. Fistetti, to be published by Manifesto-Libri, Rome , Italy.


Wise, M. (1984). The Common Fisheries Policy of the European Community, Methuen, pp.1-316, London (book based on original research).