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Michael James Walsh is an Associate Professor in Social Science in the Faculty of Business, Government at the University of Canberra. His research interests include the sociology of interaction, the writings of Erving Goffman, cultural sociology, technology and music. A chief dimension of his research involves exploring the reception of communication technologies as they relate to and impact on social interaction. Michael was awarded his doctorate from Monash University in 2011.


Areas of Research Interest

  • Cultural Sociology
  • Social Research Methods 
  • Musical Culture
  • Social Media
  • Media and Communication Technologies

Research Theories / Models of Interest

  • Cultural Sociology
  • Symbolic Interaction
  • Sociology of Everyday Life
  • Microsociology

Research Methods of Interest

  • Qualitative interviews
  • Ethnography
  • Digital methods 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Monash University

Award Date: 22 Oct 2011

Bachelor, University of Sydney

Award Date: 3 Apr 2006

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Research Output

BTS are winning hearts the world over – but we are still wary of language diversity

Hawkins, J. & Walsh, M., 10 Feb 2020, The Conversation, 2020, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/BulletinArticle

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    Framing Atmospheres: Goffman, Space, and Music in Everyday Life

    de la Fuente, E. & Walsh, M., 2020, In : Symbolic Interaction. p. 1-24 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Locating knowledge in Australian cities: The Knowledge City Index

    Pratchett, L., Walsh, M., Hu, R. & Tuli, S., 15 Jan 2020, Regional Cultures, Economies, and Creativity: Innovating Through Place in Australia and Beyond. Van Luyn, A. & de la Fuente, E. (eds.). 1 ed. Oxon: Routledge, p. 142-158 17 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • Misinformation: tech companies are removing ‘harmful’ coronavirus content – but who decides what that means?

    Baker, S., Wade, M. & Walsh, M., 2020, The Conversation, p. 1-3 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/BulletinArticle

    Open Access
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    The challenges of responding to misinformation during a pandemic: content moderation and the limitations of the concept of harm

    Baker, S. A., Wade, M. & Walsh, M. J., 17 Aug 2020, In : Media International Australia. p. 1-5 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
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