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Michael Mair

Professor of Sociology, University of Liverpool

After an undergraduate degree in Politics and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, and MSc and PhD studies at the University of Manchester working with Wes Sharrock, I joined Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool in 2010 where I am Professor of Sociology. 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, including settings of armed conflict. 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.


  • –present
    Professor of Sociology, University of Liverpool


  • 2010 
    University of Manchester, PhD in Sociology