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Dr. Michael Vaughan

Research Assistant
Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan received his PhD in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and currently works as a postdoctoral research assistant in Research Group 15. His research interests include social movements, political participation, and the discursive dimension of mobilisation around issues of austerity and economic inequality.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Assistant

Research Group "Digitalisation and the Transnational Public Sphere"

Fields of research

  • Social movements
  • Political participation
  • Network analysis


Trenz, H.-J., Heft, A., Vaughan, M., & Pfetsch, B. (Eds.). (2021). Reclaiming the Public Sphere in a Global Health Crisis. Javnost - The Public, 28(2), 111–128.

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

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.

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.

Vaughan, M. (2019). Same-Sex Marriage and Its Implications for Australian Democracy. In M. Evans, M. Grattan, & B. McCaffrie (Eds.), 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 in Australia. Australian Journal of Political Science, 53(4), 428–445.

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.

Freie Universität Berlin (FU)