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Dr Michael Mair PhD

Senior Lecturer Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

Research

Research Overview

My primary research interests lie in politics, the state and governmental practice, particularly their changing contemporary forms and attendant problems of accountability, as well as in the philosophy and methodology of the natural and social sciences approached analytically and empirically. 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, incorporating empirical studies of qualitative, quantitative and digital methods as well as experimentation, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Politics, Government and the State



Ethnomethodology, Ethnography and Conversation Analysis

Methodology and Philosophy of the Social, Natural and Data Sciences

Research Group Membership

Research Grants

Implications of the 'Achievement of Compliance' for the Protection of Civilians

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

October 2022 - September 2023

Automatic Generation of Scientific Theories

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

June 2013 - February 2015

Research Collaborations

Dr. Rob Meckin

External: NCRM

Research Methods

Dr. Alexander Holder

Internal

Research

Dr. Ulrich von Wedelstaedt

External: Konstanz University, Germany

Research

Prof. Thomas Scheffer

External: Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Research

Dr. Martina Kolanoski

External: Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Research

Prof. Dirk vom Lehn

External: Kings College London, UK

Research

Prof. Nozomi Ikeya

External: Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Research

Dr. Nicole Vitellone

Internal

Research and teaching

Dr. Stuart Reeves

External: University of Nottingham, UK

Research

Prof. David Whyte

External: Queen Mary University London, UK

Research

Dr. Patrick Watson

External: Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada

Research

Prof. Wes Sharrock

External: University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Ciara Kierans

Internal

Research

EMCA Group

External: University of Manchester, UK

Dr. Philippe Sormani

External: University of Lausanne, Switzerland/University of Siegen, Germany

Research

Dr. Christian Greiffenhagen

External: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, PRC

Research

Dr. Phillip Brooker

Internal

Research and teaching

Prof. Mark Elliot

External: NCRM

Research Methods

Elizabeth Minor

External: Article 36

Research

Prof. Christian Meyer

External: Konstanz University, Germany

Research

Prof. Mary Modeen

External: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, UK

Research