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Dr. Michael Vaughan


Weizenbaum Institute

Institute for Media and Communication Studies

Researcher Group 15: Digitalisation and the transnational public sphere

Hardenbergstraße 32
10623 Berlin

Michael Vaughan received his PhD from the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and is now part of the Weizenbaum Institute's Research Group 15 as a postdoctoral researcher. His research interests include social movements, political participation, and the discursive dimension of mobilisation around issues of austerity and economic inequality.

Winter term 2021/22

  • BA - Seminar 28632: Researching communication by far-right organisations
  • Social movements
  • Political participation
  • Network analysis

Trenz, H.-J., Heft, A., Vaughan, M., & Pfetsch, B. (2020). Resilience of Public Spheres in a Global Health Crisis (Weizenbaum Series, 11). Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society - The German Internet Institute. https://doi.org/10.34669/wi.ws/11

Vaughan, M. (2019). Talking about tax: the discursive distance between 38 Degrees and GetUp. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 17(2), 114–129. https://doi.org/10.1080/19331681.2019.1705220

Trevisan, F., Bello, B., Vaughan, M., & Vromen, A. (2019). Mobilizing personal narratives: The rise of digital “story banking” in U.S. grassroots advocacy. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 17(2), 146–160. https://doi.org/10.1080/19331681.2019.1705221

Vaughan, M. (2019). Scale shift in international tax justice: comparing the UK and Australia from 2008 to 2016. Social Movement Studies, 18(6), 735–753. https://doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2019.1607283

Vaughan, M. (2019). Same-Sex Marriage and Its Implications for Australian Democracy. In M. Evans, M. Grattan, & B. McCaffrie (Hg.), From Turnbull to Morrison: Understanding the Trust Divide. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Halpin, D., Vromen, A., Vaughan, M., & Raissi, M. (2018). Online petitioning and politics: the development of Change.org in Australia. Australian Journal of Political Science, 53(4), 428–445. https://doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2018.1499010

Vaughan, M., Vromen, A., & Martin, F. (2018). Engagement and interaction with online news: a case study of housing affordability discussions on Facebook. Media International Australia. https://doi.org/10.1177/1329878X18782998