Dr Michael Gallagher

Programme Director: Digital Education / Senior Lecturer in Digital Education

Background

I am Senior Lecturer in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, and a member of the Centre for Research in Digital Education. My published work includes critical perspectives on educational technologies, the mobilities of digital education particularly for marginalised groups, and futures educational research.

At the University of Edinburgh, I am PI on the Mastercard Foundation-funded project Practitioner Networks and Digital Inclusion for Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa, PI on the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) funded Connected Policy, Practice and Accreditation: Connected Refugee Education in Ugandan Higher Education project, PI on the GCRF-funded Digital Education Africa cluster, Co-I on the Digital Education for change makers in sub-Saharan Africa project, Co-I on the Mastercard Foundation-funded Foundations for All project, and Co-I on the Universal Secondary Education in Asia Pacific project. I was a core team member of the Future University Lab at Una Europa (2019-2023). I am part of a research team exploring refugee contexts and higher education in 12 pilot countries through the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium and UNHCR. 

I was the PI on the Exploring the Teacher Function: Continuing Interventions in Automated Teaching project, was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, and was formerly part of the NERC Research for Emergency Aftershock Response project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea. I am also a Director and Co-Founder of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to appropriate use of educational technologies in developing contexts.

My research focuses on the critical examination of the mobilities exhibited by groups and sectors in flux and how technology is used to both structure and manage these mobilities. Post-Brexit, with greater concentrations of international students, displaced peoples, and refugees, with the unbundling of labour and education, with a global edtech regime emerging in developing contexts that can unmoor local educational expertise and displace higher education as a vehicle for social mobility, this research focuses on frameworks to investigate these movements holistically and to begin to address the larger intractable challenges that may stunt educational progress in development contexts. I routinely employ mobilities frameworks to identify “the distribution of agency between people, places, and material assemblages of connectivity” (Sheller, 2017) and the role digital education might serve in an increasingly unbundled intersectional environment.

I have years of experience working with digital education in development contexts throughout Africa, South Asia, and East Asia, including sitting on the Advisory Board of one such university in Nigeria; years of experience working with faculty and students in universities as both instructor and supervisor, including on the MSc in Digital Education as Programme Director; and capacity for cross-sector knowledge exchange from consulting experience with relevant industries such as DfID, USAID, GIZ, World Bank, British Council, UNHCR, UN Habitat, and more. I am a Fellow in the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), in keeping with the requirements of the UK Professional Standards Framework.

CV

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Qualifications

PhD: University College London, Education

MSc: University of Edinburgh, Digital Education

MSc: Drexel University, Information Science

BSc: Wright State University, Education

Responsibilities & affiliations

Programme Director of the MSc in Digital Education

Centre for Research in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh

Advisory Council Member: Beni American University (Nigeria)

Higher Education Academy Fellow

External Examiner, University of Oxford

Postgraduate teaching

I teach on the MSc in Digital Education at Moray House School of Education and Sport.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

No

Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome enquiries about PhD supervision in the following areas:

  1. Critical studies of educational technology in developing contexts/emerging economies
  2. Critical studies on broadening access to higher education for marginalised groups in developing contexts, particularly for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and women.
  3. Critical studies of the intersections of national policy, global indicators of educational development (SDGs, etc.), technology, and educational autonomy in developing contexts.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Shikha Kumari (supervised with Dr Jeremy Knox of Oxford University)
  • Alli Spring (supervised with Dr Morgan Currie)
  • Narges Rohani (supervised with Professor Kobi Gal and Dr Areti Manataki)
  • Nicolas Ruiz (supervised with Dr Jen Ross)
  • Mei-Hua Yang (supervised with Professor Co Doyle)

Research summary

My research focuses on the critical examination of the mobilities exhibited by groups and sectors in flux and how technology is used to both structure and manage these mobilities. Post-Brexit, with greater concentrations of international students, displaced peoples, and refugees, with the unbundling of labour and education, with a global edtech regime emerging in developing contexts largely unmooring local educational expertise and displacing higher education as a vehicle for social mobility, this research focuses on frameworks to investigate these movements holistically and to begin to address the larger intractable challenges that may stunt educational progress in development contexts. I routinely employ mobilities research and sociomateriality to identify “the distribution of agency between people, places, and material assemblages of connectivity” (Sheller, 2017) and the role digital education might serve in an increasingly unbundled intersectional environment.

Current research interests

digital futures, digital education in the Global South, forcible displacement, mobilities, policy, SDGs

Knowledge exchange

Recent presentations, seminars, and knowledge exchange events include the following:

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

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Project activity

Digital Education Research Cluster in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda

Gallagher, M. (PI)

1/03/19 → …

Project: Research

 

FUL: Future University Lab: UNA Europa

Bayne, S. & Gallagher, M.

3/02/20 → …

Project: Research

 

FFA: Foundations for All

Falisse, J.Gallagher, M. (Co-I)Symons, K. & Cole, G.

1/07/19 → 30/06/21

Project: Research

 

Refugee access and participation in higher education in Uganda 

Gallagher, M. (Co-I), Najjuma, D. R. & Nambi, D. R.

1/03/21 → 1/12/22

Project: Research

 

Exploring the Teacher Function: Continuing Interventions in Automated Teaching

Gallagher, M. (PI) & Breines, M.

1/07/19 → 1/05/20

Project: Research

 

Hacking the Distance Learning Experience: student-led technology development

Knox, J.Gallagher, M. & Lamb, J.

1/01/19 → 31/07/20

Project: Research

 

Near Future Teaching

Bayne, S. & Gallagher, M.

1/01/17 → 31/03/19

Project: University Awarded Project Funding

 

Research for Emergency Aftershock Response (GCRF-REAR)

Bayne, S. & Gallagher, M.

1/11/16 → 1/11/17

Project: Research

 

Universal Secondary Education in the Asia Pacific Region

Smith, W., Manns, M., Joshi, D., Mousumi, M., Clarke, P., Raya, R., Batkhuyag, B., Sabeti, S.Gallagher, M (Co-I). & Grek, S.

2/03/20 → 15/04/20

Project: Research

View all 51 publications on Research Explorer