BA Hons (University of New South Wales), MSc (London School of Economics), PhD (Western Sydney University)
Dr Michael Richardson researches the intersections of war, surveillance, trauma, witnessing, and emerging technology.
Michael Richardson is an Associate Professor of Media at UNSW Sydney, where he co-directs the Media Futures Hub and Autonomous Media Lab, and an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence on Automated Decision-Making + Society. Drawing on a transdisciplinary background in media studies, cultural studies, literarature, and international relations, his research examines technology, violence, and affect in war, security, and surveillance.
Michael is the author of the books Gestures of Testimony: Torture, Trauma, and Affect in Literature (Bloomsbury 2016) and Nonhuman Witnessing: War, Data, and Ecology after the End of the World (Duke UP, 2024). His research also appears in edited collections and leading academic journals such as Theory, Culture & Society, New Media & Society, Continuum, Environmental Humanities, Cultural Studies, and Media, Culture and Society. Michael also writes for non-academic outlets, such as ABC News, The Conversation, and Sydney Review of Books. Michael held an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE190100486) and has been the recipient of internal and external grants exceeding AUD$450,000.
An experienced media commentator and former ABC Top 5 Humanities Researcher, Michael's expertise extends across a range of topics at the nexus of media, technology and culture, including drone warfare, surveillance, algorithms, cultural trauma, affect and emotion, political violence and torture. He is available for comment on these and related issues and contacted by email or via the UNSW Newsroom.
Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, 2019-2021,"Drone Witnessing: Technologies of Perception in War and Culture" ($363,182)
Ian Potter Travel Scholarship 2018 $4,000
Note: external funding only listed
2020 ABC Top 5 Humanities Researcher
2020 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Dean's Research Award, Early Career Achievement
2018 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Dean's Teaching Award, Excellent Early Career Teacher
2017 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Dean's Research Award, Best Monograph by an Early Career Researcher
2014 Varuna Publishers Introduction Program Fellowship, awarded by Text Publishing for development of PhD novel
2011 Australasian Association of Writing Programs Co-op Bookshop Postgraduate Prize
2006 Heinz Harant Award for Outstanding Service & Leadership, UNSW
My Research Supervision
Simon Taylor (PhD), "AI as Universal Solvent: autonomous decision systems and their ‘disjointed instrumentalism’
Kyla Allison (PhD), "Affect, Impasse, and Sexual Violence in the #MeToo Era"
Rachel Rowe (PhD), "Financialisation Logics and Digital Health Technologies"
Asal Mahmoodi (PhD), "“We Don’t Have Gays In Iran”: Masking Queerness and Affective Resistance in Contemporary Iran"
Maddie Hichens (PhD), "me, alone with everyone: interrogating the real of ‘digital anxiety’"