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Mike Michael BA PhD

Staff details

PositionVisiting Professor of Sociology of Science and Technology
Department Sociology
Email m.michael (@gold.ac.uk)
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Sociology of science and technology; public understanding of science; sociology of everyday life; animals and society; materiality and culture; design and social science.

Mike Michael joined the Department in 1998 from Lancaster University where I had been Deputy Director of the Centre for Science Studies and Science Policy. Mike has a BA in Experimental Psychology from University of Oxford and PhD in Social Psychology from University of Durham. Despite this background in psychology, Mike has managed to transform himself into a sociologist of sorts, even going so far as to serve as Head of the Sociology Department 2001-2004.

Teaching

Mike's teaching reflects his interests in microsociology, qualitative methods and recent theoretical perspectives on materiality. Mike has offered options in Science and Society, Animals and Society, and Sociologies of Everyday Life.

Areas of supervision

Sociology of science and technology; public understanding of science; sociology of the environment; sociology of everyday life; animals and society; social theory and materiality; sociology and design; biomedicine, biotechnology and culture.

Mike has successfully supervised over 25 PhD theses. A few are:

  • Simon Kiilerich Madsen (Graduated 2007, co-supervised with Finn Olesen, University of Aarhus)
Title: Investment Machines: An STS Study of a Decision Support System in a Retail Bank.
  • Paul Stronge (Graduated 2009, co-supervised with Monica Greco). Title:  Open to Suggestion: Ordering, Risk and Invention in Community Mental Health Work
  • Alex Wilkie (Graduated 2010, co-supervised with Bill Gaver) Title: Turning people into silicon: an ethnography of users and user-centered design

Publications

Book

Energy Babble
Boucher, Andy; Gaver, William; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike; Ovalle, Liliana; Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew and Wilkie, Alex. 2018. Energy Babble. Mattering Press. ISBN 978-0-9955277-5-1

The Sacrifice: How Scientific Experiments Transform Animals and People
Birke, Lynda; Arluke, Arnold and Michael, Mike. 2007. The Sacrifice: How Scientific Experiments Transform Animals and People. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press. ISBN 1557534322

Technoscience and Everyday Life: The Complex Simplicities of the Mundane
Michael, Mike. 2006. Technoscience and Everyday Life: The Complex Simplicities of the Mundane. Open University Press/McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0335217052

Science, Social Theory and Public Knowledge
Michael, Mike and Irwin, A.. 2003. Science, Social Theory and Public Knowledge. Open University Press/McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0335209475

Reconnecting Culture, Technology and Nature From Society to Heterogeneity
Michael, Mike. 2000. Reconnecting Culture, Technology and Nature From Society to Heterogeneity. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-20116-2

Edited Book

Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic
Gabrys, Jennifer; Hawkins, Gay and Michael, Mike, eds. 2013. Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-62582-1

Book Section

Speculating
Wilkie, Alex. 2018. Speculating. In: Celia Lury; Patricia T. Clough; Una Chung; Rachel Fensham; Sybille Lammes; Angela Last; Mike Michael and Emma Uprichard, eds. Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods. London; New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN 1138886874

Sound Design
Wilkie, Alex. 2018. Sound Design. In: Andy Boucher; William Gaver; Tobie Kerridge; Mike Michael; Liliana Ovalle; Matthew Plummer-Fernandez and Alex Wilkie, eds. Energy Babble. Manchester: Mattering Press, pp. 56-60. ISBN 978-0-9955277-2-0

Studios, Problems, Publics
Wilkie, Alex. 2018. Studios, Problems, Publics. In: Andy Boucher; William Gaver; Tobie Kerridge; Mike Michael; Liliana Ovalle; Matthew Plummer-Fernandez and Alex Wilkie, eds. Energy Babble. Manchester: Mattering Press, pp. 90-96. ISBN 978-0-9955277-2-0

Doing speculation to curtail speculation
Wilkie, Alex and Michael, Mike. 2017. Doing speculation to curtail speculation. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative research: The lure of possible futures. New York & London: Routledge. ISBN 1138688363

Plastic and the work of the biodegradable
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2013. Plastic and the work of the biodegradable. In: Jennifer Gabrys; Gay Hawkins and Mike Michael, eds. Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 208-227. ISBN 978-0-415-62582-1

Introduction: From Materiality to Plasticity
Gabrys, Jennifer; Hawkins, Gay and Michael, Mike. 2013. Introduction: From Materiality to Plasticity. In: Jennifer Gabrys; Gay Hawkins and Mike Michael, eds. Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. London: Routledge, pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-0-415-62582-1

Stem cells, translational research and the sociology of science
Wainwright, Steve; Williams, Clare; Michael, Mike and Cribb, Alan. 2009. Stem cells, translational research and the sociology of science. In: Paul Atkinson; Peter Glaser and Margaret Lock, eds. The Handbook of Genetics & Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 41-58. ISBN 978-0-415-41080-9

The Cellphone-in-the-Countryside: On Some of the Ironic Spatialities of Technonature
Michael, Mike. 2009. The Cellphone-in-the-Countryside: On Some of the Ironic Spatialities of Technonature. In: Damian F White and Chris Wilbert, eds. Technonatures: Environments, Technologies, Spaces, and Places in the Twenty-first Century. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, pp. 85-104. ISBN 978-1554581504

Ethical boundary-work in the stem cell laboratory
Michael, Mike; Wainwright, S.; Williams, C. and Farsides, R.. 2007. Ethical boundary-work in the stem cell laboratory. In: Raymond De Vries; Leigh Turner and Kristina Orfali, eds. The View From Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 67-82. ISBN 978-1-4051-5269-3

Regulating hybridity cleaning up and making a mess in the leaky worlds of Xenotransplantation and Tissue Engineering
Michael, Mike; Brown, Nik; Faulkner, Alex and Kent, Julie. 2006. Regulating hybridity cleaning up and making a mess in the leaky worlds of Xenotransplantation and Tissue Engineering. In: Andrew Webster, ed. New Technologies in Health Care: Challenge, Change and Innovation. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 194-210. ISBN 978-1-4039-9130-0

Risky Creatures: institutional species boundary change in biotechnology regulation
Michael, Mike and Brown, Nik. 2006. Risky Creatures: institutional species boundary change in biotechnology regulation. In: Rhoda Wilkie and David Inglis, eds. Animals and Society Volume V: Boundaries And Quandaries In Human-Animal Relations. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 345-365. ISBN 978-0-415-37184-1

Here comes the sun: shedding light on the cultural body
Carter, Simon and Michael, Mike. 2004. Here comes the sun: shedding light on the cultural body. In: Helen Thomas and Jamilah Ahmed, eds. Cultural Bodies Ethnography and Theory. Malden, Oxford and Carlton: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 260-282. ISBN 9780631225843

The invisible car: the cultural purification of road rage
Michael, Mike. 2001. The invisible car: the cultural purification of road rage. In: D. Miller, ed. Car Cultures. Oxford: Berg Publishers, pp. 59-80. ISBN 978-1-85973-407-0

Article

“What are we busy doing?”: Engaging the Idiot
Michael, Mike. 2012. “What are we busy doing?”: Engaging the Idiot. Science, Technology and Human Values, 37(5), pp. 528-544. ISSN 0162-2439

HIV, Globalization and Topology: Of Prepositions and Propositions
Michael, Mike and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2012. HIV, Globalization and Topology: Of Prepositions and Propositions. Theory, Culture & Society, 29(4-5), pp. 93-115. ISSN 0263-2764

De-signing the object of sociology: toward an 'idiotic' methodology.
Michael, Mike. 2012. De-signing the object of sociology: toward an 'idiotic' methodology. The Sociological Review, 60(S1), pp. 166-183. ISSN 0038-0261

Publics performing publics: of PiGs, PiPs and politics
Michael, Mike. 2009. Publics performing publics: of PiGs, PiPs and politics. Public Understanding of Science, 18(5), pp. 617-631. ISSN 0963-6625

Expectation and Mobilisation: Enacting Future Users
Wilkie, Alex and Michael, Mike. 2009. Expectation and Mobilisation: Enacting Future Users. Science, Technology & Human Values, 34(4), pp. 502-522. ISSN 0162-2439

Home Beyond Home: Dwelling With Threshold Devices
Michael, Mike and Gaver, William. 2009. Home Beyond Home: Dwelling With Threshold Devices. Space and Culture, 12(3), pp. 359-370.

Towards the applied: the construction of ethical positions in stem cell translational research
Cribb, A.; Wainwright, S.; Williams, C.; Farsides, B. and Michael, Mike. 2008. Towards the applied: the construction of ethical positions in stem cell translational research. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 11(3), pp. 351-361. ISSN 1386-7423

The challenges of technological innovation in HIV
Rosengarten, Marsha; Michael, Mike; Mykhalovskiy, Eric and Imrie, J.. 2008. The challenges of technological innovation in HIV. The Lancet, 372(9636), pp. 357-358. ISSN 0140-6736

Being a Sociologist and Becoming a Whiteheadian: Toward a Concrescent Methodology
Halewood, M. and Michael, Mike. 2008. Being a Sociologist and Becoming a Whiteheadian: Toward a Concrescent Methodology. Theory, Culture & Society, 25(4), pp. 31-56. ISSN 0263-2764

Human embryos as boundary objects? Some reflections on the biomedical worlds of embryonic stem cells and preimplantation genetic diagnosis
Michael, Mike; Williams, C.; Wainwright, S. and Ehrich, K.. 2008. Human embryos as boundary objects? Some reflections on the biomedical worlds of embryonic stem cells and preimplantation genetic diagnosis. New Genetics and Society, 27(1), pp. 7-18.

Dealing with the challenges of technological innovation in HIV prevention and treatment
Michael, Mike; Rosengarten, Marsha; Mykhalovskiy, Eric and Imrie, John. 2008. Dealing with the challenges of technological innovation in HIV prevention and treatment. The Lancet, 372(9636), pp. 357-358.

Remaking the body? Scientists' genetic discourses and practices as examples of changing expectations on embryonic stem cell therapy for diabetes
Wainwright, S.; Williams, C.; Michael, Mike; Farsides, B. and Cribb, A.. 2007. Remaking the body? Scientists' genetic discourses and practices as examples of changing expectations on embryonic stem cell therapy for diabetes. New Genetics & Society, 26(3), pp. 251-268. ISSN 1463-6778

From Core Set to Assemblage: On the Dynamics of Exclusion and Inclusion in the Failure to Derive Beta Cells from Stem Cells
Michael, Mike; Wainwright, S.; Williams, C.; Farsides, B. and Cribb, A.. 2007. From Core Set to Assemblage: On the Dynamics of Exclusion and Inclusion in the Failure to Derive Beta Cells from Stem Cells. Science Studies, 20(1), pp. 5-25.

Temporality and Prudence: On Stem Cells as Phronesic Things'
Michael, Mike; Wainwright, S. and Williams, C.. 2007. Temporality and Prudence: On Stem Cells as Phronesic Things'. Configurations, 13(3), pp. 373-394.

Ethical boundary-work in the embryonic stem cell laboratory
Wainwright, S.; Williams, C.; Michael, Mike; Farsides, B. and Cribb, A.. 2006. Ethical boundary-work in the embryonic stem cell laboratory. Sociology Of Health & Illness, 28(6), pp. 732-748.

Regulating Hybrids: `Making a Mess' and `Cleaning Up' in Tissue Engineering and Transpecies Transplantation
Brown, Nik; Faulkner, Alex; Kent, Julie and Michael, Mike. 2006. Regulating Hybrids: `Making a Mess' and `Cleaning Up' in Tissue Engineering and Transpecies Transplantation. Social Theory & Health, 4(1), pp. 1-24. ISSN 1477-8211

From bench to bedside? Biomedical scientists expectations of stem cell science as a future therapy for diabetes
Michael, Mike; Wainwright, S.; Williams, C. and Farsides, B.. 2006. From bench to bedside? Biomedical scientists expectations of stem cell science as a future therapy for diabetes. Social Science and Medicine, 63(8), pp. 2052-2064.

The meat of the matter: grasping and judging xenotransplantation
Michael, Mike and Brown, Nik. 2004. The meat of the matter: grasping and judging xenotransplantation. Public Understanding of Science, 13(4), pp. 379-397. ISSN 0963-6625

On making data social: heterogeneity in sociological practice
Michael, Mike. 2004. On making data social: heterogeneity in sociological practice. Qualitative Research, 4(1), pp. 5-23.

Roadkill: Between humans, nonhuman animals, and technologies
Michael, Mike. 2004. Roadkill: Between humans, nonhuman animals, and technologies. Society and Animals, 12(4), pp. 277-298.

Signifying across time and space: a case study of biomedical educational texts
Carter, S. and Michael, Mike. 2003. Signifying across time and space: a case study of biomedical educational texts. Sociology Of Health & Illness, 25(2), pp. 232-259. ISSN 0141-9889

A Sociology of Expectations: Retrospecting Prospects and Prospecting Retrospects.
Brown, Nik and Michael, Mike. 2003. A Sociology of Expectations: Retrospecting Prospects and Prospecting Retrospects. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 15(1), pp. 3-18.

Between the mundane and the exotic: time for a different sociotechnical stuff
Michael, Mike. 2003. Between the mundane and the exotic: time for a different sociotechnical stuff. Time & Society, 12(1), pp. 127-143.

Comprehension, Apprehension, Prehension: Heterogeneity and the Public Understanding of Science
Michael, Mike. 2002. Comprehension, Apprehension, Prehension: Heterogeneity and the Public Understanding of Science. Science, Technology & Human Values, 27(3), pp. 357-378.

Order and Disorder: Time, Techology and the Self
Kendall, G. and Michael, Mike. 2001. Order and Disorder: Time, Techology and the Self. Culture Machine,

The facts about fictions and vice versa: public understanding of human genetics
Michael, Mike and Carter, S.. 2001. The facts about fictions and vice versa: public understanding of human genetics. Science as Culture, 10(1), pp. 5-32.

Switching between science and culture in transpecies transplantation
Brown, Nik and Michael, Mike. 2001. Switching between science and culture in transpecies transplantation. Science, Technology & Human Values, 26(1), pp. 3-22.

From the representation of publics to the performance of 'lay political science'
Michael, Mike and Brown, Nik. 2000. From the representation of publics to the performance of 'lay political science'. Social Epistemology, 14(1), pp. 3-19. ISSN 0269-1728

These Boots Are Made for Walking...: Mundane Technology, the Body and Human-Environment Relations
Michael, Mike. 2000. These Boots Are Made for Walking...: Mundane Technology, the Body and Human-Environment Relations. Body & Society, 6(3-4), pp. 107-126. ISSN 1357-034X

Conference or Workshop Item

Colonizing the Spectrum: Demos and the Future Users of Location-Based Technology
Wilkie, Alex and Michael, Mike. 2007. 'Colonizing the Spectrum: Demos and the Future Users of Location-Based Technology'. In: Negotiating the Future International Seminar. Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), Norway 1/6/2007.

Xenotourism and Xenotravel: Some notes on global regulation
Cook, Peta S.; Kendall, Gavin; Michael, Mike and Brown, Nik. 2005. 'Xenotourism and Xenotravel: Some notes on global regulation'. In: Social Change in the 21st Century. Brisbane, Australia.

Printed Ephemera

Sustainability, Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-designing Communities and Practice
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Cameron, David; Jarvis, Nadine; Gabrys, Jennifer; Gaver, William; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike and Wilkie, Alex. 2010. Sustainability, Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-designing Communities and Practice.

Making and Opening: Entangling Design and Social Science - conference delegate hand-out
Wilkie, Alex; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike; Gaver, William; Wakeford, Nina and Jungnickel, Kat. 2010. Making and Opening: Entangling Design and Social Science - conference delegate hand-out.

Show/Exhibition

Web Science 2015
Boucher, Andy; Cameron, David; Gaver, William; Hauenstein, Mark; Jarvis, Nadine; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike; Ovalle, Liliana; Pennington, Sarah and Wilkie, Alex. 2015. Web Science 2015. In: "Web Science 2015 Conference Exhibition", Web Sci '15, United Kingdom, 28 June – 1 July 2015.