Associate Professor<br>Michael Emmison
Associate Professor
Michael Emmison
Honorary Associate Professor


BSc - Hons (Sociology & Politics) University of Bradford
BPhil (Sociology) University of York
PhD (Sociology) University of Queensland

Professional activities:

Member - The Australian Sociological Association;
Member - International Sociological Association Research Committee 25 
Editorial Board - Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Editorial Board - Visual Communication


Reader, School of Social Science, University of Queensland, 2000 - present
Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Queensland, 1992 - 1999

Research interests:

Associate Professor Michael Emmison is an honorary faculty member in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences having recently retired after 39 years of service at the University of Queensland. His farewell address was titled ‘Sociology, Discovery and Progress: lessons from the study of naturally occurring talk-in-interaction’.

His research interests and publications have spanned a number of fields but for the last decade he has primarily worked in two areas. First, the analysis of conversational interaction, particularly talk in institutional settings such as telephone helplines. Second the use of visual information for conducting social research. He serves on the editorial boards of Visual Communication and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and his most recent book is Researching the Visual (2nd ed) co-authored with Philip Smith and Margery Mayall. He was the Keynote speaker at the Australian Institute of Ethnomethodology and Conversational Analysis conference in November 2012.

Profiles on UQ Experts and UQ ReSEARCHers.

Representative publications:
Emmison, M. (forthcoming) “Conversation Analysis.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Ed. Jeff Manza. New York: Oxford University Press.

Emmison, M., Smith, P. and Mayall, M. (2013) Researching the Visual, 2nd Edition. Sage: London.
Emmison, M. and Firth, A. (2012) ‘Requesting and Receiving Advice in Helpline Discourse’, in H. Limberg and M. Locher (Eds) Advice in Discourse. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Emmison, M., Butler, C. and Danby, S. (2011) ‘Script Proposals: a device for empowering clients in counselling’, Discourse Studies, Vol 13, February.
Danby, S. and Emmison M. (2011) ‘Kids, Counsellors and Troubles-telling: morality in action in talk on an Australian children’s helpline’, in M. Tholander and J. Cromdal (Eds) Morality in Practice: exploring childhood, parenthood and schooling in everyday life. London: Equinox.
Emmison, M. (2010) ‘Conceptualizing Visual Data’ in D. Silverman (Ed) Qualitative Research (3rd Edition) London: Sage pp 233-249.
Emmison, M. (2010) ‘Labelling’, in Ronald L. Jackson (Ed) The Encyclopedia of Identity. London: Sage pp 413-416.
Emmison, M. (2010) ‘Interaction Order’, in Ronald L. Jackson (Ed) The Encyclopedia of Identity. London: Sage pp 396-397.
Butler, C., Potter, J. Danby, S., Emmison, M. and Hepburn, A. (2010) ‘Advice Implicative Interrogatives: Building ‘client-centred’ support on a children’s helpline’, Social Psychology Quarterly, vol 73: 265-287.
Firth, A. and Emmison, M. (2010) ‘Diagnosis as Dialogue’: diagnostic work in calls to a technical support helpline’. In M. Büscher, D. Goodwin and J. Mesman (Eds) Ethnographies of Diagnostic Work. London: Palgrave, pp 113-132.
Woodward, I and Emmison, M. (2009) ‘The Intellectual Reception of Bourdieu in Australian Social Sciences and Humanities’, Sociologica, 2-3, 1-22
McKay, J., Emmison, M., and Mikosza, J. (2009) ‘Lads, Larrikins and Mates: hegemonic masculinities in contemporary Australian beer commercials’, in L. Wenner and S. Jackson (Eds) Sport, Beer and Gender in Promotional Culture: explorations of a holy trinity. New York: Peter Lang Publishing pp 163-179.
Butler, C., Danby, S. Emmison, M. and Thorpe, K. (2009) ‘Managing Medical Advice Seeking in Calls to Child Health Line’, Sociology of Health and Illness Vol 31, no 6, 817-834.
Broom, A., Cheshire, L. and Emmison, M. (2009) ‘Qualitative researchers’ understandings of their practice and the implications for data archiving and sharing’ Sociology, vol 43, no 6, 1163-1180.
Danby, S. Butler, C. and Emmison, M. (2009) ‘When “Listeners can’t Talk”: comparing active listening in opening sequences of telephone and online counselling’, Australian Journal of Communication, vol 36, no 3, 91-114.
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