Previously, Michael has been a Trinity College Dublin Ussher Fellow (2007 – 2010), a 2008 Fulbright Scholar in Florida State University, a lecturer in the School of Psychology in the University of Manchester, and a Government of Ireland CARA Fellow researching at the University of Aberdeen (funded by the Irish Research Council and the Marie Curie Programme).
Michael is a Behavioural Scientist interested in how ideas shaped at the interface of psychology and economics can be researched and applied to policy. He researches human health and well-being, how they are interrelated, and how they are determined by psychological traits (e.g. self-control) and economic circumstances (e.g. unemployment).
His work has been published in leading journals including Social Science & Medicine, the Journal of the European Economic Association, and Health Psychology. He teaches a set of modules on the Stirling Management School's new MSc in Behavioural Science for Management including Behavioural Economics II: Business &Policy Applications and Advanced Behavioural Research Methods.