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, and Venezuela. Michael also has ongoing projects with Beni American University (Nigeria) and Haaga-Helia University (Finland). For more details, see his website


Research Interests 
mobile learning
digital education
digital cultural heritage
mobility theory
open learning


Aftershock science, culture and education to build resilience to earthquake.

What does it mean to be 'at' Edinburgh but not 'in' Edinburgh?

Working together to co-design the future of digital education at Edinburgh