Dr Michael Skey

  • Doctoral Programme Lead (Communication and Media)
  • Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies

Michael joined the School 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.


Recent postgraduate research students

  • Raed Ayad (2018) "Palestinian national identity".
  • Nadilla Jamilla Mohammad (2018) "Discourse analysis of 2013 Malaysian elections". Co-supervised by Dominic Wring.
  • Skey, M, Stone, C, Jenzen, O & Mangan, A. (2018) Mediatization and sport: A bottom-up perspective, Communication & Sport
  • Skey, Michael (2017/2011) National Belonging & Everyday Life, Palgrave MacMillan
  • Skey, Michael & Antonsich, Marco (Eds) (2017) Everyday Nationhood: Theorising Belonging, Culture & Identity After Banal Nationalism, Palgrave MacMillan
  • Skey, M, Kyriakidou, M, McCurdy, P & Uldam, J. (2016) Staging and engaging with media events: A study of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, International Journal of Communication
  • 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 EgyptMigration Studies
  • Skey, Michael (2014) The mediation of nationhood: Communicating the world as a world of nations, Communication Theory, 24(1): 1-20
  • Skey, Michael (2013) Why do nations matter? British Journal of Sociology, 64(1): 81-98
  • Skey, Michael (2012) We need to talk about cosmopolitanism: The challenge of studying openness towards other people, Cultural Sociology, 6(4): 471-487