Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies


Dr Michael Skey

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Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies

Michael jointed the Department of Social Sciences in June 2016. He was previously a lecturer in media and cultural studies at University of East Anglia and has also taught sociology at UEL and University of Leicester. He was awarded his PhD by the Department of Media & Communications at the London School of Economics in October 2008. His doctoral research was funded by the AHRC and a subsequent monograph based on this work was awarded the 2012 BSA/Philip Abrams Memorial Prize.

Michael’s research interests are in the areas of; national belonging, globalisation, sociology of everyday life, media events and rituals, mediatization, sport and discourse theory.  

Recently funded projects include a study of the experiences of ‘middling’ migrants in Australia and the UK (2012-2014) and an international collaboration investigating the staging, management and representation of media events, which used the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest as a case study.

Michael is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught a range of media and sociology modules including; New Media & Society, Media & Identity, Research Methods, Sport, Communication & Society, Theories of Media & Communication, Media & Globalisation

  • Skey, Michael & Antonsich, Marco (Eds) (in preparation) Everyday Nationhood: Theorising Belonging, Culture & Identity After Banal Nationalism, Palgrave: MacMillan
  • Skey, Michael, Kyriakidou, Maria, McCurdy, Patrick & Uldam, Julie (in press) Staging and engaging with media events: A study of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, International Journal of Communication
  • Skey, Michael (2015) ‘Mindless markers of the nation’: The routine flagging of nationhood across the visual environment, Sociology,
  • Saey, Sarah & Skey, Michael (2015)The politics of trans-national belonging: A study of the experiences of second-generation Egyptians during a period of socio-political change in Egypt, Migration Studies
  • Skey, Michael (2014) Boundaries and belonging: Dominant ethnicity and the place of the nation in a changing world in Jackson, J & Molokotos-Liederman, L (eds) Nationalism & Boundaries, Routledge, London
  • Skey, Michael (2014) The mediation of nationhood: Communicating the world as a world of nations, Communication Theory, 24(1): 1-20
  • Skey, Michael (2013) ‘What does it mean to be cosmopolitan?’: An examination of the meaningfulness and commensurability of everyday engagements with ‘otherness’, Identities: Global Studies in Culture & Power, 20(3):235-252
  • Skey, Michael (2013) Why do nations matter? British Journal of Sociology, 64(1): 81-98