I am a Reader in the School of Childood, Youth and Education Studies. I am an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in human geography. I have varied research interests including in children and young people, schooling, sonic environments, space and power, methods and media. Theoretically much of my work draws on Foucault.
I came to MMU in 2014. I previously held research posts at the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh.
My writing has been published widely. I also like to use audio-visual media for my research where possible: for example, this short film about school spaces (https://vimeo.com/20931701) and this audio work about a ruined landscape (http://www.theinvisiblecollege.org.uk/AudioDrifts).
Here is an alphabetical list of subjects that I have researched, written about, or am interested in:
acid house, acoustics, affect, allergies, anaphylaxis, archives, audio, cities, childhood, child and family social work, counselling, Deleuze, digital media, documentary film and photography, earth sounds, education spaces, electronics, ethnography, experimental music, field recording, Foucault, house music, human geography, informed consent, infrasound, invasive species, knowledge exchange, landscapes, listening, machines, materialist media studies, media arts, methodology, microphones, minimalism, modern ruins, music technology, participation, participatory methods, physical geography of media, post-structuralism, post-humanism, post-war modernist architecture, power, public art, repetition, research ethics, schools, sound art, sonic geographies, sound and space, surveillance, synthesizers, tape, technologies of the self, techno music, video, wind turbine noise, youth.
I would be interested to supervise PhDs on these topics. If you have an idea you would like to discuss, please get in touch using my email address.
My research is organised around three themes:
• Power and childhood. Examining how children and young people are shaped, and shape themselves, through regimes of power such as schools, healthcare, social work, counselling, participatory initiatives and digital media.
• Media and methods. Thinking critically about how different media and methods produce knowledge. Interests include research ethics, sonic and audio methods, video, experimental and arts-based methods, digital media methods and participatory methods, with a particular focus on doing research with children and young people.
• Creative practice and space. Examining how art, design and media shape spaces, places and environments, particularly ruins, cities and landscapes. My research analyses how environments are reworked by sound art, public art, mobile media and other spatial interventions.
I would be very happy to discuss possible PhD supervision or collaboration around any of these themes.
K. Tisdall, JM. Davis, M. Gallagher (2008). Researching with Children and Young People Research Design, Methods and Analysis. SAGE.
E. Despard, MD. Gallagher (2018). Media ecologies of plant invasion. Environmental Humanities. 10(2), pp.370-396.
MD. Gallagher, A. Hackett, L. Procter, F. Scott (2018). Vibrations in Place: Sound and Language in Early Childhood Literacy Practices. Educational Studies. 54(4), pp.465-482.
M. Gallagher, J. Prior, M. Needham, R. Holmes (2017). Listening differently: A pedagogy for expanded listening. British Educational Research Journal. 43(6), pp.1246-1265.
M. Gallagher, A. Kanngieser, J. Prior (2017). Listening geographies: Landscape, affect and geotechnologies. Progress in Human Geography. 41(5), pp.618-637.
MD. Gallagher (2016). Sound as affect: Difference, power and spatiality. Emotion, Space and Society. 20, pp.42-48.
M. Gallagher (2015). Landscape AudioIn Situ. Contemporary Music Review. 34(4), pp.316-326.
M. Gallagher (2015). Sounding ruins: reflections on the production of an ‘audio drift’. cultural geographies. 22(3), pp.467-485.
M. Gallagher (2015). Field recording and the sounding of spaces. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 33(3), pp.560-576.
S. Elsley, M. Gallagher, EKM. Tisdall THE DILEMMAS OF DIGITAL METHODOLOGIES: LEARNING FROM WORK ON "YOUNG DIGITAL". International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies. 5(4.1), pp.702-717.
M. Gallagher, J. Prior (2014). Sonic geographies. Progress in Human Geography. 38(2), pp.267-284.
M. Smith, H. Wilkinson, M. Gallagher (2013). ‘It's what gets through people's radars isn't it’: relationships in social work practice and knowledge exchange. Contemporary Social Science. 8(3), pp.292-306.
M. Gallagher, A. Worth, S. Cunningham-Burley, A. Sheikh Strategies for living with the risk of anaphylaxis in adolescence: qualitative study of young people and their parents. Primary Care Respiratory Journal. 21(4), pp.392-397.
M. Smith, M. Gallagher, H. Wosu, J. Stewart, VE. Cree, et al. (2012). Engaging with Involuntary Service Users in Social Work: Findings from a Knowledge Exchange Project. British Journal of Social Work. 42(8), pp.1460-1477.
H. Wilkinson, M. Gallagher, M. Smith (2012). A collaborative approach to defining the usefulness of impact: lessons from a knowledge exchange project involving academics and social work practitioners. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice. 8(3), pp.311-327.
M. Gallagher, M. Smith, M. Hardy, H. Wilkinson (2012). Children and Families’ Involvement in Social Work Decision Making. Children & Society. 26(1), pp.74-85.
M. Gallagher, A. Worth, S. Cunningham-Burley, A. Sheikh (2011). Epinephrine auto-injector use in adolescents at risk of anaphylaxis: a qualitative study in Scotland, UK. Clinical & Experimental Allergy. 41(6), pp.869-877.
M. Gallagher (2011). Sound, space and power in a primary school. Social & Cultural Geography. 12(1), pp.47-61.
M. Gallagher, SL. Haywood, MW. Jones, S. Milne (2010). Negotiating Informed Consent with Children in School-Based Research: A Critical Review. Children & Society. 24(6), pp.471-482.
M. Gallagher, A. Worth, A. Sheikh (2009). Clinical allergy has much to gain from engagement with qualitative research. Allergy. 64(8), pp.1117-1119.
L-A. Gallacher, M. Gallagher (2008). Methodological Immaturity in Childhood Research?. Childhood. 15(4), pp.499-516.
M. Gallagher (2008). ‘Power is not an evil’: rethinking power in participatory methods. Children's Geographies. 6(2), pp.137-150.
M. Gallagher, K. M. Tisdall, J. Davis (2008). Reflecting on Children and Young People's Participation in the UK. The International Journal of Children's Rights. 16(3), pp.343-354.
M. Gallagher (2008). Foucault, Power and Participation. The International Journal of Children's Rights. 16(3), pp.395-406.
M. Gallagher, R. Hinton, K. M. Tisdall, S. Elsley (2008). Children's and Young People's Participation in Public Decision-Making. The International Journal of Children's Rights. 16(3), pp.281-284.
I have carried out peer reviews for international journals including the British Educational Research Journal, Contemporary Issues in Education, Discourse, Qualitative Research, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Progress in Human Geography, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning D, Social and Cultural Geography, Cultural Geographies, Children’s Geographies, Urban Studies, Landscape Research, Emotion Space and Society, GeoJournal, Geohumanities, Childhood, Children and Society, Leonardo Music Journal.
Listening in and out of more-than-human worlds. £14,375 Leverhulme Artist in Residence grant with sound artist Dr. Mark Peter Wright. Feb 2017 – Nov 2017
Sounding geography: piloting a method for understanding how we experience our sound environments. British Academy Small Grant. April 2014 – April 2015. £7256. Co-applicant.
Researching sonic environments: exploring audio methodologies. AHRC Early Career Fellowship. Feb – Nov 2013. £88,802 FEC (AH/J006556/1). Principal Investigator.
The Invisible College - Building Communities of Creative Practice. AHRC project about the reinvention of modern ruins. Jan 2012 – March 2014. £109,293 FEC (AH/K502728/1), with an extension of £20,322 FEC (AH/L503526/1). Co-investigator.
Supporting the use of digital media in research with children and young people. ESRC Digital Social Research demonstrator project. Nov 2011 – Nov 2012. £59,502 FEC (ES/J009814/1). Co-investigator.
Working creatively with sound and image: a collaborative interdisciplinary learning workshop for researchers. Vitae Innovate award. Sept 2010 – Feb 2011, £10,000. Principal Investigator.
Experimenting with Geography: See-Hear-Make-Do. ESRC International Training and Networking award. Sept 2009 – Nov 2010. £39,672 FEC (RES-810-21-0025). Principal Investigator.