Dr Michael Gallagher

Lecturer in Digital Education

Michael Gallagher is a Lecturer in Digital Education in Development Contexts. He works on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. He also works on the Distance Learning at Scale project. Formerly, he was the RA for the Global Challenges Research Fund project REAR: Research for Emergency Aftershock Response.

Michael works in digital education in development contexts in collaboration with INGOs and universities largely in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. His research focuses on educational mobilities, how technology structures and manages these mobilities, and the impact of these movements on local knowledge practices and communities. Further to work on mobile and digital education, Michael has a research and professional focus on ICT4D and is currently working on projects related to digital education and mobile learning in Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, and Uganda. Michael also has ongoing projects with Beni American University (Nigeria) and Haaga-Helia University (Finland). For more details, see his website

Related news

Profile image of Dr Michael Gallagher

Dr Michael Gallagher receives Principal's Award


Dr Michael Gallagher, Lecturer in Digital Education, has been awarded with The University of Edinburgh Principal's Medal for 2020. The Principal’s Medal is the highest award given to students and staff of The University of Edinburgh. We are enormously proud of the outstanding contribution Michael has made to supporting the university during 2020.

Decorative image of books on table

Springer Nature 2020 China New Development Award


Congratulations to Dr Jeremy Knox, Dr Yuchen Wang and Dr Michael Gallagher editors of ‘Artificial Intelligence and Inclusive Education: speculative futures and emerging technologies’, for winning a Springer Nature 2020 China New Development Award. 

The Springer Nature 2020 China New Development Awards bring together 10 titles across a range of research areas (including robotics and artificial intelligence) all authored or co-authored by researchers from China. 


Foundations for All

Supporting access to and success in higher education for refugee and displaced people through blended learning.