Dr Michael Bailey

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Michael Bailey
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 873867

  • Location

    6.347, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Monday, 9am - 11am



Before coming to Essex, Michael taught in the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has also held visiting fellowships at Goldsmiths, University of London (2007); the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), a University of Manchester-Open University collaboration (2008); the London School of Economics and Political Science (2009); Wolfson College and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge (2010). Other activities Co-founder, Manifesto for Higher Education campaign Associate-editor, Capitalism and the Universities, openDemocracy Member, Editorial Board forBritish Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies Member, Advisory Board for Contemporary British Painting Member, Co-ordinating Committee for Media Reform Member, Advisory Board for the Louis le Prince Centre for Cinema, Photography & Television, University of Leeds Member of Senate, University of Essex Media appearances The Big Con(sumer), University Business, February 2012, pp.10-13. Thinking Allowed (with Laurie Taylor, Jeremy Seabrookand Ros Brunt), BBC Radio 4 (26 August 2009).


  • BA (1998)

  • MA (1999)

  • PhD (2005)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Critical theory

Open to supervise

Historical sociology

Open to supervise

Working-class heritage

Open to supervise

Sociology of the media and modern culture

Open to supervise

Intellectual history of ethical socialism and cultural criticism

Open to supervise

Governmentality studies

Open to supervise

Sociology of religion

Open to supervise

Cultural policy studies

Open to supervise

Current research

Michael is currentlyworking on a monograph about public sociology.

And he was recently invited to give a series of visiting lectures on Globalisation, Anticapitalism and Associative Democracy at Peking University, Renmin University, East China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing Language and Culture University, Shanghai International Studies University and Beijing Normal University, in China.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Media, Culture and Society (SC106)

  • Digital Society (SC224)

  • Mass Media and Modern Life (SC364)

  • Media Theory (SC509)

Previous supervision

Ali Esref Keles
Ali Esref Keles
Thesis title: Turkish Media, the Kurdish Question and the Peace Process, 2009-2015
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/2/2020
Can Zuo
Can Zuo
Thesis title: The Hard Road to Renewal: Media Representations of the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Degree subject: Sociological Research
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 5/8/2019
Matthew James Sheader
Matthew James Sheader
Thesis title: Structure, Institutions and Ngoisation: A Critical Realist Approach to Normative Change in Myanmar Civil Society
Degree subject: Human Rights
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 14/5/2018
Ayse Deniz Unan
Ayse Deniz Unan
Thesis title: Hate Crime in Turkey: Exploring the Implications of Collective Action, Media Representations and Policy Making
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 16/2/2015


Journal articles (6)

Bailey, M., (2019). Back to the Future: The Uses of Television in the Digital Age. Journal of British Cinema and Television. 16 (2), 146-169

Bailey, M., (2019). Changing tides of industrial democracy: Red Clydeside and the UCS work-in as political heritage. International Journal of Heritage Studies. 25 (12), 1319-1338

Bailey, M., (2010). Media, religion and culture: An interview with Michael Wakelin. Journal of Media Practice. 11 (2), 185-189

Bailey, M., (2010). 'A broadcasting university': educated citizenship and civil prudence. Citizenship Studies. 14 (6), 681-695

Bailey, M., (2007). Broadcasting and the Problem of Enforced Leisure during the 1930s. Leisure Studies. 26 (4), 463-477

Bailey, M., (2007). "He Who Has Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear": Christian Pedagogy and Religious Broadcasting During the Inter-War Period. Westminster Papers in Communications and Culture. 4 (1), 4-25

Books (5)

Bailey, M., (2011). The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance. Pluto Press. 9780745331911

Bailey, M. and Eagleton, M., (2011). Richard Hoggart: Culture and Critique. Critical, Cultural and Communications Press. 9781905510375

Bailey, M., Clarke, B. and Walton, JK., (2011). Understanding Richard Hoggart: A Pedagogy of Hope. Wiley-Blackwell. 9781405193023

Bailey, M. and Redden, G., (2010). Mediating Faiths: Religion and Socio-Cultural Change in the Twenty-First Century. Ashgate. 9780754667865

Bailey, M., (2008). Narrating Media History. Routledge. 9780415419154

Book chapters (5)

Bailey, M., (2014). Essex Sociology and Public Activism. In: Imaginations:Fifty Years of Essex Sociology. Editors: Plummer, K., . Wivenbooks Press

Bailey, M., (2012). A broadcasting university': educated citizenship and civil prudence. In: Governing Through Pedagogy Re-educating Citizens. Editors: Pykett, J., . Routledge. 681- 695. 9780415696210

Bailey, M. and Popple, S., (2011). The 1984/85 Miners' Strike: re-claiming cultural heritage. In: Heritage, Labour and the Working Classes. Editors: Smith, L., Shackel, P. and Campbell, G., . Routledge. 19- 33. 9780415618106

Bailey, M., (2008). The Angel in the Ether: Early Radio and the Constitution of the Household. In: Narrating Media History. Editors: Bailey, M., . Routledge. 9780415419154

Bailey, M., (2007). Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting: the Historical Limits to Publicness. In: Media and Public Spheres. Editors: Butsch, R., . Palgrave Macmillan. 96- 108. 9780230007215

Other (2)

Bailey, M., (2016).Back to the Future: The Uses of Television in the Digital Age,A Future for Public Service Television: Content and Platforms in a Digital World

Bailey, M., (2015).Changing Tides of Industrial Democracy: Tales from the Shipyard,James Dodds Exhibition Catalogue (Messum's/Studio Publications)

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6.347, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Monday, 9am - 11am