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Dr Michael Mair PhD

Senior Lecturer Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


Personal Statement

My primary research and teaching interests lie in politics, the state and governmental practice, particularly their changing contemporary forms. In the course of empirical research which has been largely sociological, ethnographic and practice-oriented in character, I have investigated new ways of governing from an ethnomethodological perspective. I am currently involved in looking further at how politics is practiced in and realised through new bureaucratic and administrative structures as well as a series of issues relating to problems of accountability in a variety of settings. I also have a general interest in the methodology and the philosophy of the natural and social sciences, as reflected in published work on both quantitative and qualitative methods and empirical research into the investigative practices of social scientists. In all my work, particular emphasis is placed on the idea that the social production (and distribution) of knowledge within particular settings is a public activity that can and ought to be studied in its details. This dovetails with an interest in both workplace and science and technology studies and what they can bring to existing debates within the social and political sciences as well as socio-legal studies, particularly around the politics of knowledge.

Personal Distinctions

  • Visiting Research Fellowship (University of Manchester 2010)
  • Visiting Research Fellowship (Imperial College London 2010)
  • Visiting NHS Research Fellowship (Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust 2005)
  • Doctoral Research Scholarship (Department of Sociology, University of Manchester 2005)
  • Skirving Prize (Prize, Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh 2001)

Administrative Roles

  • University Lead: engage@liverpool
  • Undergraduate Dissertation Coordinator
  • SLSJ Ethics Committee Member
  • Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee Member

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