"Researching entrepreneurial action and work in the creative Industries is exciting because it is an incredibly dynamic field; new technologies, new markets, and new ways of working are always appearing.
"Technical knowledge – although important – is not always a guarantee of success, so understanding how cultural entrepreneurs develop images, personas, and present themselves as authentic, adds a symbolic aspect to understanding to what is often a risky commercial undertaking."
After a career as an independent musician, including multiple albums and international tours, Michael was awarded a PhD scholarship.
His Doctoral research analysed government support for the development of national music industries as a hybrid component of Creative Industry policy and social policy.
Since 2012, Michael has held a balanced academic position at Flinders during which he has taught sociology and social theory, cultural sociology, and urban geography.
He continues to create music as a ‘serious leisure’ activity, playing regularly around South Australia and occasionally recording new music.