Professor Mike Michael

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 9483

Research interests

Mike Michael is a sociologist of science and technology. His research interests include the relation of everyday life to technoscience, biotechnological and biomedical innovation and culture, the interface of the material and the social, the public understanding of/engagement with science, animals and society, process methodology. Recent research projects have addressed the complexities of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis clinical trials (with Marsha Rosengarten), the interdisciplinary use of sociological and speculative design techniques to explore energy demand reduction (with Bill Gaver and Jennifer Gabrys), the ethics of stem cell research (with Claire Williams and Steve Wainwright), and the development of an ‘idiotic methodology’.

Mike is co-editor of The Sociological Review.

Teaching and supervision

Mike Michael has been involved in the successful supervision of nearly 30 PhDs. He welcomes PhD students interested in any of the following areas: publics, politics and science and technology; sociology of everyday life; biomedicine, biotechnology and culture; material cultures (including animals and society, environment and technology); process methodologies (including interdisciplinary modes of investigation).

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • Human Animal Research Network; Probyn-Rapsey F, Belov K, Black C, Degeling C, Fawcett (Quain) A, Irvine R, Johnston J, Lea T, Kindt J, Michael M, McGreevy P, McManus P, Raubenheimer D, Schlosberg D, Spurr B, Shine R, Wadiwel D; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).
  • NETWORK FOR ORGANS, BODIES AND TISSUES (NBOT); Stewart C, Anderson W, Cashman P, Cooper M, Griffiths P, Hooker C, Jordens C, Kerridge I, Lupton D, Magnusson R, Michael M, Pols J, Race K, Salkeld G, Savell K, Scott Bray R, Shewan L, Waldby C; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2011

  • Sustainability Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-Designing Communities and Practice; Michael M, Gabrys J, Gaver B; Research Councils UK (RCUK)/Energy and Communities Programme.

2009

  • Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Strategic Award: LABTEC - The London & Brighton Translational Ethics Centre; Williams C, Michael M; Wellcome Trust (UK)/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Michael, M., Rosengarten, M. (2013). Innovation and Biomedicine: Ethics, Evidence and Expectation in HIV. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Birke, L., Arluke, A., Michael, M. (2007). The Sacrifice: How Scientific Experiments Transform Animals and People. West Lafayette, IN, USA: Purdue University Press.
  • Michael, M. (2006). Technoscience and Everyday Life. Berkshire, UK: Maidenhead.
  • Irwin, A., Michael, M. (2003). Science, Social Theory and Public Knowledge. Berkshire, UK: Maidenhead.
  • Michael, M. (2000). Reconnecting Culture, Technology and Nature: From Society to Heterogeneity. London: Routledge.
  • Michael, M. (1996). Constructing Identities: The Social, Nonhuman and Change. London, UK: Sage Publications.

Edited Books

  • Gabrys, J., Hawkins, G., Michael, M. (2013). Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Book Chapters

  • Michael, M., Rosengarten, M. (2014). Quantitative Objects and Qualitative Things: Ethics and HIV Biomedical Prevention. In Harvey, P., Casella, E., and Evans, G., et al., (eds), (Eds.), Objects and Materials: A Routledge Companion, (pp. 349-358). UK: Routledge.
  • Gabrys, J., Hawkins, G., Michael, M. (2013). Introduction: From materiality to plasticity. In Jennifer Gabrys, Gay Hawkins, Mike Michael (Eds.), Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic, (pp. 1-14). Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Michael, M. (2013). Process and Plasticity: Printing, Prototyping and the Prospects of Plastic. In Jennifer Gabrys, Gay Hawkins, Mike Michael (Eds.), Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic, (pp. 30-46). Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Michael, M. (2012). Anecdote. In Celia Lury, Nina Wakeford (Eds.), Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social, (pp. 25-35). London: Routledge.
  • Michael, M. (2012). Discourse and Uncertainty: Postmodern Variations. In Stam, H (Eds.), Theoretical Psychology - Contemporary Readings. Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Cook, P., Kendall, G., Michael, M., Brown, N. (2012). Medical Tourism, Xenotourism and Client Expectations: Between Bioscience and Responsibilization. In C Michael Hall (Eds.), Medical Tourism: The Ethics, Regulation, and Marketing of Health Mobility, (pp. 61-74). London: Routledge.
  • Stronge, P., Michael, M. (2012). Suggestion and Satisfaction: On the Actual Occasion of Agency. In Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Birgit Peuker, Michael Schillmeier (Eds.), Agency without Actors: New Approaches to Collective Action, (pp. 15-30). London: Routledge.
  • Michael, M. (2012). When Things Go Wrong. Researching Society and Culture. Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Michael, M. (2011). Der Mensch als Assemblage. Dinge, Objekte und "Disziplinen.". In R Egloff, P Gisler and B Rubin (Eds.), Modell Mensch: Konturierungen des Menschlichen in den Wissenschaft. Zurich: Chronos.
  • Rosengarten, M., Michael, M. (2010). HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) the complexities of biomedical prevention: ontological openness and the prevention assemblage. In M Davis and C Squire (Eds.), HIV, Technology and Subjectivity: International Cases Studies of HIV Treatment and Prevention. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Michael, M. (2010). Sticking Plasters and Standardization. In V Higgings and W Larner (Eds.), Calculating the Social: Standards and the Re-configuration of Governing. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Michael, M. (2009). 'The-Cellphone-In-The-Countryside': On Some Ironic Spatialities Of Technonature. In Damian White and Chris Wilbert (Eds.), Technonatures, (pp. 85-104). Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press.
  • Michael, M. (2009). Engaging with Engagement: The complexity of Material Beliefs. In J Beaver, T Kerridge and S Pennington (Eds.), Material Beliefs. London: Goldsmiths.
  • Kendall, G., Michael, M. (2009). Orden y desorden: tiempo, tecnologia y el yo. In J.C Loredo, T. Sanchez-Criado and D. Lopez (Eds.), Donde reside la accion? Agencia, constructivismo y psycologia.
  • Wainwright, S., Michael, M., Williams, C. (2009). Shifting paradigms? Reflections on regenerative medicine, embryonic stem cells and pharmaceuticals. In S. J. Williams, J.Gabe and P.Davis (Eds.), Pharmaceuticals and Society: Critical Discourses and Debates, (pp. 140-153). Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Wainwright, S., Williams, C., Michael, M., Cribb, A. (2009). Stem cells, translational research and the sociology of science. In P Atkinson, P Glasner and M Lock (Eds.), Handbook of Genetics & Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era. London: Routledge.
  • Michael, M. (2009). Temporality, Topology and Sociology. In G Ascione, C Massip and J Perello (Eds.), Cultures of Change: Social Atoms and Electronic Lives. Barcelona: Actar and Arts Santa Monica.

Journals

  • Michael, M. (2014). Afterword: On the Topologies and Temporalities of Disaster. The Sociological Review, 62(S1), 236-245. [More Information]
  • Michael, M. (2013). The Idiot. Informatica na Educacao: Teoria e Pratica, 16(1), 71-82.
  • Michael, M. (2012). "What Are We Busy Doing?": Engaging the Idiot. Science, Technology and Human Values, 37(5), 528-554. [More Information]
  • Michael, M. (2012). De-signing the object of sociology: toward an 'idiotic' methodology. The Sociological Review, 60(S1), 166-183. [More Information]
  • Michael, M., Rosengarten, M. (2012). HIV, Globalization and Topology: Of Prepositions and Propositions. Theory, Culture and Society: explorations in critical social science, 29(4-5), 93-115.
  • Michael, M., Rosengarten, M. (2012). Medicine: Experimentation, Politics, Emergent Bodies. Body and Society, 18(3-4), 1-17.
  • Michael, M. (2011). Affecting the Technoscientific Body: Stem Cells, Wheeled-luggage and Emotions. Tecnoscienza, 2(1), 53-64.
  • Gisler, P., Michael, M. (2011). Companions at a Distance: Technoscience, Blood and the Horseshoe Crab. Society and Animals, 19, 115-136.
  • Horst, M., Michael, M. (2011). On the Shoulders of Idiots: Re-thinking Science Communication as 'Event'. Science As Culture, 20(3), 283-306.
  • Cook, P., Kendall, G., Michael, M., Brown, N. (2011). The Textures of Globalization: Biopolitics and the Closure of Xenotourism. New Genetics and Society, 30(1), 101-114.
  • Wilkie, A., Michael, M. (2009). Expectation and Mobilisation: Enacting Future Users. Science, Technology and Human Values, 34(4), 502-522.
  • Michael, M., Gaver, W. (2009). Home Beyond Home : Dwelling With Threshold Devices. Space and Culture, 12(3), 359-370.
  • Michael, M. (2009). Publics performing publics: of PiGs, PiPs and politics. Public Understanding of Science, 18, 617-631.
  • Rosengarten, M., Michael, M. (2009). Rethinking the Bioethical Enactment of Medically Drugged Bodies: Paradoxes of Using Anti-HIV Drug Therapy as a Technology for Prevention. Science As Culture, 18(2), 183-199.
  • Wainwright, S., Michael, M., Williams, C. (2009). Shifting paradigms? Reflections on regenerative medicine, embryonic stem cells and pharmaceuticals. Sociology of Health and Illness, 30(6), 959-974.
  • Rosengarten, M., Michael, M. (2009). The performative function of expectations in translating treatment to prevention: The case of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEPq. Social Science and Medicine, 69, 1049-1065.
  • Halewood, M., Michael, M. (2008). Being a Sociologist and Becoming a Whiteheadian: Concrescing Methodological Tactics. Theory, Culture and Society: explorations in critical social science, 25(4), 31-56.
  • Williams, C., Wainwright, S., Ehrick, K., Michael, M. (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, 7-18.
  • Rosengarten, M., Michael, M., Mykhalovskiy, E., Imrie, J. (2008). The challenges of technological innovation in HIV. The Lancet, 372(9636), 357-358.
  • Cribb, A., Wainwright, S., Williams, C., Farsides, B., Michael, M. (2008). Towards the applied: the construction of ethical positions in stem cell translational research. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 11, 351-361.

2014

  • Michael, M. (2014). Afterword: On the Topologies and Temporalities of Disaster. The Sociological Review, 62(S1), 236-245. [More Information]
  • Michael, M., Rosengarten, M. (2014). Quantitative Objects and Qualitative Things: Ethics and HIV Biomedical Prevention. In Harvey, P., Casella, E., and Evans, G., et al., (eds), (Eds.), Objects and Materials: A Routledge Companion, (pp. 349-358). UK: Routledge.

2013

  • Gabrys, J., Hawkins, G., Michael, M. (2013). Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Michael, M., Rosengarten, M. (2013). Innovation and Biomedicine: Ethics, Evidence and Expectation in HIV. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gabrys, J., Hawkins, G., Michael, M. (2013). Introduction: From materiality to plasticity. In Jennifer Gabrys, Gay Hawkins, Mike Michael (Eds.), Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic, (pp. 1-14). Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Michael, M. (2013). Process and Plasticity: Printing, Prototyping and the Prospects of Plastic. In Jennifer Gabrys, Gay Hawkins, Mike Michael (Eds.), Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic, (pp. 30-46). Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Michael, M. (2013). The Idiot. Informatica na Educacao: Teoria e Pratica, 16(1), 71-82.

2012

  • Michael, M. (2012). "What Are We Busy Doing?": Engaging the Idiot. Science, Technology and Human Values, 37(5), 528-554. [More Information]
  • Michael, M. (2012). Anecdote. In Celia Lury, Nina Wakeford (Eds.), Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social, (pp. 25-35). London: Routledge.
  • Michael, M. (2012). De-signing the object of sociology: toward an 'idiotic' methodology. The Sociological Review, 60(S1), 166-183. [More Information]
  • Michael, M. (2012). Discourse and Uncertainty: Postmodern Variations. In Stam, H (Eds.), Theoretical Psychology - Contemporary Readings. Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Michael, M., Rosengarten, M. (2012). HIV, Globalization and Topology: Of Prepositions and Propositions. Theory, Culture and Society: explorations in critical social science, 29(4-5), 93-115.
  • Cook, P., Kendall, G., Michael, M., Brown, N. (2012). Medical Tourism, Xenotourism and Client Expectations: Between Bioscience and Responsibilization. In C Michael Hall (Eds.), Medical Tourism: The Ethics, Regulation, and Marketing of Health Mobility, (pp. 61-74). London: Routledge.
  • Michael, M., Rosengarten, M. (2012). Medicine: Experimentation, Politics, Emergent Bodies. Body and Society, 18(3-4), 1-17.
  • Stronge, P., Michael, M. (2012). Suggestion and Satisfaction: On the Actual Occasion of Agency. In Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Birgit Peuker, Michael Schillmeier (Eds.), Agency without Actors: New Approaches to Collective Action, (pp. 15-30). London: Routledge.
  • Michael, M. (2012). When Things Go Wrong. Researching Society and Culture. Sage Publications Ltd.

2011

  • Michael, M. (2011). Affecting the Technoscientific Body: Stem Cells, Wheeled-luggage and Emotions. Tecnoscienza, 2(1), 53-64.
  • Gisler, P., Michael, M. (2011). Companions at a Distance: Technoscience, Blood and the Horseshoe Crab. Society and Animals, 19, 115-136.
  • Michael, M. (2011). Der Mensch als Assemblage. Dinge, Objekte und "Disziplinen.". In R Egloff, P Gisler and B Rubin (Eds.), Modell Mensch: Konturierungen des Menschlichen in den Wissenschaft. Zurich: Chronos.
  • Horst, M., Michael, M. (2011). On the Shoulders of Idiots: Re-thinking Science Communication as 'Event'. Science As Culture, 20(3), 283-306.
  • Cook, P., Kendall, G., Michael, M., Brown, N. (2011). The Textures of Globalization: Biopolitics and the Closure of Xenotourism. New Genetics and Society, 30(1), 101-114.

2010

  • Rosengarten, M., Michael, M. (2010). HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) the complexities of biomedical prevention: ontological openness and the prevention assemblage. In M Davis and C Squire (Eds.), HIV, Technology and Subjectivity: International Cases Studies of HIV Treatment and Prevention. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Michael, M. (2010). Sticking Plasters and Standardization. In V Higgings and W Larner (Eds.), Calculating the Social: Standards and the Re-configuration of Governing. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

2009

  • Michael, M. (2009). 'The-Cellphone-In-The-Countryside': On Some Ironic Spatialities Of Technonature. In Damian White and Chris Wilbert (Eds.), Technonatures, (pp. 85-104). Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press.
  • Michael, M. (2009). Engaging with Engagement: The complexity of Material Beliefs. In J Beaver, T Kerridge and S Pennington (Eds.), Material Beliefs. London: Goldsmiths.
  • Wilkie, A., Michael, M. (2009). Expectation and Mobilisation: Enacting Future Users. Science, Technology and Human Values, 34(4), 502-522.
  • Michael, M., Gaver, W. (2009). Home Beyond Home : Dwelling With Threshold Devices. Space and Culture, 12(3), 359-370.
  • Kendall, G., Michael, M. (2009). Orden y desorden: tiempo, tecnologia y el yo. In J.C Loredo, T. Sanchez-Criado and D. Lopez (Eds.), Donde reside la accion? Agencia, constructivismo y psycologia.
  • Michael, M. (2009). Publics performing publics: of PiGs, PiPs and politics. Public Understanding of Science, 18, 617-631.
  • Rosengarten, M., Michael, M. (2009). Rethinking the Bioethical Enactment of Medically Drugged Bodies: Paradoxes of Using Anti-HIV Drug Therapy as a Technology for Prevention. Science As Culture, 18(2), 183-199.
  • Wainwright, S., Michael, M., Williams, C. (2009). Shifting paradigms? Reflections on regenerative medicine, embryonic stem cells and pharmaceuticals. Sociology of Health and Illness, 30(6), 959-974.
  • Wainwright, S., Michael, M., Williams, C. (2009). Shifting paradigms? Reflections on regenerative medicine, embryonic stem cells and pharmaceuticals. In S. J. Williams, J.Gabe and P.Davis (Eds.), Pharmaceuticals and Society: Critical Discourses and Debates, (pp. 140-153). Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Wainwright, S., Williams, C., Michael, M., Cribb, A. (2009). Stem cells, translational research and the sociology of science. In P Atkinson, P Glasner and M Lock (Eds.), Handbook of Genetics & Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era. London: Routledge.
  • Michael, M. (2009). Temporality, Topology and Sociology. In G Ascione, C Massip and J Perello (Eds.), Cultures of Change: Social Atoms and Electronic Lives. Barcelona: Actar and Arts Santa Monica.
  • Rosengarten, M., Michael, M. (2009). The performative function of expectations in translating treatment to prevention: The case of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEPq. Social Science and Medicine, 69, 1049-1065.

2008

  • Halewood, M., Michael, M. (2008). Being a Sociologist and Becoming a Whiteheadian: Concrescing Methodological Tactics. Theory, Culture and Society: explorations in critical social science, 25(4), 31-56.
  • Williams, C., Wainwright, S., Ehrick, K., Michael, M. (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, 7-18.
  • Rosengarten, M., Michael, M., Mykhalovskiy, E., Imrie, J. (2008). The challenges of technological innovation in HIV. The Lancet, 372(9636), 357-358.
  • Cribb, A., Wainwright, S., Williams, C., Farsides, B., Michael, M. (2008). Towards the applied: the construction of ethical positions in stem cell translational research. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 11, 351-361.

2007

  • Birke, L., Arluke, A., Michael, M. (2007). The Sacrifice: How Scientific Experiments Transform Animals and People. West Lafayette, IN, USA: Purdue University Press.

2006

  • Michael, M. (2006). Technoscience and Everyday Life. Berkshire, UK: Maidenhead.

2003

  • Irwin, A., Michael, M. (2003). Science, Social Theory and Public Knowledge. Berkshire, UK: Maidenhead.

2000

  • Michael, M. (2000). Reconnecting Culture, Technology and Nature: From Society to Heterogeneity. London: Routledge.

1996

  • Michael, M. (1996). Constructing Identities: The Social, Nonhuman and Change. London, UK: Sage Publications.

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