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Dr Michael Munnik

Dr Michael Munnik

Lecturer in Social Science Theories and Methods

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


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

  • 2018 – FHEA - Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • 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

Professional memberships

  • Sociology of Religion Study Group of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN)
  • International Society for Media, Religion and Culture
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research

Speaking engagements

  • Keynote address: ‘Today and future of Muslim relations with journalists and journalism,’ 16th Communication in the Millennium Symposium, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey. (2018)

Committees and reviewing

  • Peer reviewer - journals: Sociology, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Contemporary Islam, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, Russian Journal of Communication, No Foundations - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice
  • Peer reviewer - books: Routledge, Edinburgh University Press, Sage, Anthem Books
  • Publications and Communications Officer, Socrel (Sociology of Religion Study Group of the British Sociological Association) - 2017-present
  • Reviews Editor, H-SAE (Society for the Anthropology of Europe) - 2011-2018











Dr Michael Munnik is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Postgraduate teaching:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Social Theory and Research Design
  • Dissertation (supervisor)

Undergraduate teaching:

  • Religion and the News: Conflict and Context
  • Themes and Issues in the Study of Religion
  • What Is Religion?
  • Independent Study/Open Choice Dissertation (supervisor)


I am able to supervise PhD candidates within a team supervisory relationship. I am interested in supervising graduate research in the following areas:

  • Muslims and journalism/the media
  • Religion and journalism/the media
  • Religion in public life
  • British Muslims and the public sphere

Current supervision

Laura Jones

Laura Jones

Research student

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