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Dr Michael Munnik

Dr Michael Munnik

Lecturer in Social Science Theories and Methods

Ysgol Hanes, Archaeoleg a Chrefydd

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Research Interests

My work concerns media and religion and, more specifically, the news media and Muslims in Britain. Where much of the scholarship in this area examines news content, I attend to the context in which the news is created. I am interested in media production analysis, qualitative research methods, journalist-source relationships, and diversity in the newsroom. Underpinning these interests is a sociological attentiveness to the connection between the religious and professional identification of journalists as well as the impact that can have on newsroom culture. I bring to this subject not only my skills and interest as a researcher but also prior professional experience, having trained as a journalist and worked in public radio in Canada.

Public writing


  • Episode 22 - The Voice of the Reviewer. The Art of the Review (H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online). 28 March 2016.
  • Episode 19 - Reviewing Culture. The Art of the Review (H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online). 7 March 2016.
  • Episode 53. Viva Survivors (Podcast by Dr Nathan Ryder, sharing experiences of PhD life and preparation for the viva). 14 December 2015.


Education and Qualifications

  • 2015 – PhD Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (University of Edinburgh)
  • 2011 – MA Religion in Contemporary Society (King’s College London)
  • 2002 – BJ Combined Honours – Journalism and English Literature (Carleton University)

Career Overview

  • 2015 - Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2014 - 2015 Research Manager, Food Standards Agency
  • 2011 - 2014 Outreach PhD Candidate, the Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Edinburgh
  • 2006 - 2012 Convenor, Board of Directors, Presbyterian Record Inc.
  • 2001 - 2009 Broadcast Journalist, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Other Academic Activities

  • Peer reviewer: Sociology, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, Routledge, Edinburgh University Press
  • Reviews Editor, H-SAE (Society for the Anthropology of Europe)

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN)
  • International Society for Media, Religion and Culture











  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Social Theory and Research Design
  • Introduction to Religion (seminar tutor)


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Laura Jones

Laura Jones

Research student

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