Richard Fitzgerald


Administrative Roles

  • Chair, Research Committee, Department of Communication
  • Member, Departmental Executive Committee, Department of Communication
  • Associate Fellow, Henry Fook Pearl Jubilee Residential College

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (University of Wales, Bangor, UK)
  • Pg Dip Research Methods. (University of Wales, Bangor, UK)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology. (University College of North Wales, Bangor, UK)

Current Research

  • Membership Categorisation Analysis
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Discourse Analysis of Broadcast Media

Academic Journal Editorial Boards

Journal Editor

Discourse Context Media. Editor in Chief. (Elsevier) SSCI, SJR.

Journal Editorial Board Membership

  • Qualitative Research (Sage) SSCI. Regional Advisor (Asia)
  • International and Intercultural Communication (Taylor and Francis) SSCI Journal of the National Communication Association.
  • Critical Gambling Studies. (University of Alberta)

Peer Reviewed Research Publications


  • Burger, M., Thornborrow, J., Fitzgerald, R. (2017) Discours des réseaux sociaux : enjeux publics, politiques et médiatiques. [Discourses of Social Media: public, political and media issues.] De Boeck Superieiur, Belgium.
  • Fitzgerald, R. Housley, W. (Eds.) (2015) Advances in Membership Categorisation Analysis. London Sage.
  • Fitzgerald, R., Housley, W. (Eds.) (2009) Media, Policy and Interaction. Routledge.


  • Smith, R, Fitzgerald, R. Housley, W. (Eds) On Sacks. Methods, Materials and Inspirations. Routledge. Routledge/Taylor Francis
  • Fitzgerald, R. The Research and Methodology of Harvey Sacks. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
  • Housley, W, Adam, W., Benito-Montagut, R., Fitzgerald, R.  (Eds). Handbook of Digital Society. Two volume handbook commissioned by Sage

Journal Special Issues. Editor

  • Journal of Pragmatics (2017) Membership Categorisation Analysis: Technologies in Social Action. Fitzgerald, R., Housely, W., Rintel, S. Vol 118 (SSCI, Scopus Q1)
  • Discourse Context, Media. (2016) Introduction to the special issue on Media Talk. J. Ewart, K. Ames, R. Fitzgerald.
  • Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology (2013) Motives and Social Organisation. (on line open access) Guest Editor.
  • Australian Journal of Communication. (2013). 40 (2). Knowledge And Asymmetries In Action: Sean Rintel, Edward Reynolds, Richard Fitzgerald.
  • Australian Journal of Communication. (2009). 36 (3). Branching out. Ethnomethodological approaches to communication. Carly W Butler, Richard Fitzgerald and Rod Gardner.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Fitzgerald, R., Au-Yeung, S. H. (2019) Membership Categorisation Analysis. Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods. Sage
  • Burger, M., Fitzgerald R. (2019) Good Professional Reasons for Bad Journalism Practice: Inventing audience contributions in a live TV debate. Journalism Practice. Vol 13 (10) pp1185-1199
  • Ju, B., Sandel, T., Fitzgerald R. (2019) Understanding Chinese Internet and Social Media. The innovative and Creative Affordances of Technology, Language and Culture. In Marcel Burger (Ed) SE METTRE EN SCÈNE EN LIGNE La communication digitale, vol. 2 p161-178
  • Fitzgerald, R. (2019) The Data and Methodology of Harvey Sacks: Lessons from the archive. Journal of Pragmatics. Vol. 143 p205-214
  • Eriksson, G. Fitzgerald, R. (2019) Web-TV as a backstage activity: Emerging forms of audience address in the post-broadcast era. Text and Talk. Vol 39 (1) 47-75.
  • Fitzgerald, R. Evans, B. (2019) Entering the liminal zone: Generating news with occasioned objects in live TV news reporting. Journalism Studies. Vol 20(8) p1130-1148.
  • Talib, N., Fitzgerald, R. (2018) Putting philosophy back to work in Critical Discourse Analysis. Critical Discourse Studies Vol 15 123 139.
  • Fitzgerald, R., Housley, W., Rintel, S. (2017). Membership Categorisation Analysis: Technologies of Social Action. Journal of Pragmatics, Vol 118. 51- 55
  • Evans, B., Fitzgerald, R. (2017) Category and Sequence as Embodied Action: Basketball Coaching. Journal of Pragmatics. Vol 118. 81-98
  • Burger, M., Thornborrow, J., Fitzgerald, R. Analyzing New Media and Social Media as Interactive Spaces. (2017) In Burger, Thornborrow and Fitzgerald, (Eds) Discours des réseaux sociaux : enjeux publics, politiques et médiatiques. [Social media discourse: public, political and media issues.] De Boeck Superieiur, Switzerland. 25-37
  • Burger, M., Fitzgerald R. Bad Practice for Good Reasons: When a journalist invents a member of the publc in a live TV debate. [In French] (2017) In Burger, Thornborrow and Fitzgerald, (Eds) Discours des réseaux sociaux : enjeux publics, politiques et médiatiques. [Social media discourse: public, political and media issues.] De Boeck Superieiur, Switzerland. 237-258
  • Fitzgerald, R. Thornborrow, J (2017). ‘I’m a Scouser’: Membership Categories and Political Geography in the 2015 UK Election Call Phone-in. Journal of Language and Politics. 16.1. 40-58
  • Evans, B., Fitzgerald R. (2017) ‘You Gotta See Both at the Same Time’: Visually Analyzing Player Performances in Basketball Coaching. Human Studies. Vol 40 (1) 121- 144.
  • Breit, R., Fitzgerald, R., Liu, S., & Neal, R. (2017). How Queensland newspapers reported public sector information reform. Media International Australia, 162(1), 90-106
  • Talib, N., Fitzgerald, R. (2016) Micro-Meso-Macro Movements. A multi-level critical discourse analysis framework to examine metaphors and the value of truth in policy texts. Critical Discourse Studies. Vol 13 (5) 531-547
  • Angus, D., Fitzgerald, R., Atay, C., Wiles, J. (2016) Using visual text analytics to examine broadcast interviewing. Discourse Context Media. Vol 11, 2016, 38-49.
  • Rintel, S., Angus, D., Fitzgerald, R. (2016) Ripples of mediatization: Social media and the exposure of the pool interview. Discourse, Context, Media. Vol 11, 2016, 50-64.
  • Evans, B., Fitzgerald, R. (2016) ‘It’s training man’! Membership categorisation and the institutional moral order of basketball training. Australian Journal of Linguistics. Invited Special Issue. Vol 36, (2) 205-223.
  • Fitzgerald, R., and Rintel, S. (2015). Reorienting categories as a members’ phenomena. In Tileaga, C, and Stokoe, L. Discursive psychology: classic and contemporary issues. Routledge.
  • Talib, N., Fitzgerald, R. (2015) Inequality as Meritocracy; The use of the metaphor of diversity and the value of inequality within Singapore’s meritocratic education system. Critical Discourse Studies. 12(4). 445-462.
  • Fitzgerald, R. (2015) Membership Categorisation Analysis. Enclyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. (International Communication Association CA) Wiley.
  • Housley, W., Fitzgerald, R. (2015). Introduction to Membership Categorisation Analysis. In Fitzgerald, R. and Housley, W. (Eds) Advances in Membership Cateogirsation Analysis. London Sage.
  • Reynolds, E., Fitzgerald, R. (2015) Challenging Normativity: re-appraising category, bound, tied and predicated features. In Fitzgerald, R. and Housley, (Eds) Advances in Membership Cateogirsation Analysis. London Sage.
  • Fisk, K., Fitzgerald, R., Cokley, J. (2014) Controversial new sciences in the media: Content analysis of global reporting of nanotechnology during the last decade. Media International Australia. No 150. February.
  • Ekström, M., & Fitzgerald, R. (2014). Groundhog Day: Extended repetitions in political news interviews. Journalism Studies, 15(1), 82-97.
  • Fitzgerald, R. Rintel, S. (2013) From lifeguard to bitch: The problem of promiscuous categories in story telling in a long-distance relationship. Special Issue of the Australian Journal of Communication. (40.3)
  • Thornborrow, J, Fitzgerald, R. (2013) ‘Grab a pen and paper’: Interaction v. interactivity in a political radio phone in. Journal of Language and Politics 12(1) 1-28.
  • Breit, R, Obijiofor, L, Fitzgerald, R. (2013) Internationalization as De- Westernization of the Curriculum: The Case of Journalism at an Australian University. Special Issue on the Internationalisation of the Curriculum. Journal of Studies in International Education. 17(2) 119-135.
  • Fitzgerald, R (2012) Categories, norms and inferences: Generating entertainment in a daytime talk show. Discourse, Context and Media. Vol 1(4) p 151-159.
  • Fitzgerald, R, Mckay, S. (2012) Just like home: Remediation of the social in contemporary news broadcasting. Discourse, Context & Media. Vol 1 (1)P 1– 8
  • Fitzgerald, R. (2012) Membership Categorisation Analysis. Wild and promiscuous or simply the joy of Sacks. Discourse Studies. 14 (3) P 305-311
  • Butler, C. W., Fitzgerald, R. (2011) “My f***ing personality”: swearing as slips and gaffes in live television broadcasts. Text & Talk . Vol 31 (5) P 525– 551.
  • Butler, C. W. Fitzgerald, R. (2010) Operative Identities in a family meal. Pragmatics. Vol 42. (9) p2462-2474.
  • Butler, C., Fitzgerald, R., Gardner, R. (2009) Branching out. Ethnomethodological Approaches to Communication Special Issue of Australian Journal of Communication. Vol 36 (3).
  • Fitzgerald, R., Housley, W., Butler, C. (2009) Omni relevance in interactional context. Special Issue of Australian Journal of Communication. Vol 36 (3)
  • Gardner, R, Fitzgerald, R, Mushin, I. (2009) Turn-Taking as foundational social order. Special Issue of Australian Journal of Communication. Vol 36 (3)
  • Housley, W., Fitzgerald, R. (2009) Media, Policy and Interaction. In (Eds) Fitzgerald and Housley. Media, Policy and Interaction. Ashgate.
  • Fitzgerald, R. Housley, W. (2009) Introduction. Media, Policy and Interaction. In (Eds) Fitzgerald and Housley. Media, Policy and Interaction. Ashgate.
  • Housley, W., Fitzgerald, R (2009) Membership Category Analysis, Culture and Norms in Action. Discourse and Society. 20 (3) 345 -362.
  • Housley, W., Fitzgerald. R. (2009) Beyond the discursive: the case of social organisation. A reply to Edwards, Hepburn and Potter. Qualitative Research. (Vol. 9 (1) 129 – 133
  • Fitzgerald, R., Austin H. (2008) Accusation, Mitigation and Resisting Guilt in Everyday Talk. The Open Communication Journal. Vol 2, 93-99.
  • Housley, W, Fitzgerald R, (2008) Motives Accounts and Social Organisation.
  • Qualitative Research. ‘Response’ paper and reply. Vol. 8(2) 237-256.
  • Jaworski, A, Fitzgerald, R (2008) ‘This Poll Has Not Happened Yet’: Temporal Play in Election Predictions. Discourse and Communication. Vol. 2. (1) 5-27.
  • Fitzgerald, R, Jaworski A. and Housley W. (2008) Generating News: Agenda Setting in Radio Broadcast News. In Marcel Burger (Ed.), L’analyse linguistique des discours des médias : théories, méthodes et enjeux Entre sciences du langage et sciences de la communication et des médias, Québec, Nota Bene.
  • Housley, W., Fitzgerald, R. (2007) Categorisation, Interaction, Policy and Debate.Critical Discourse Studies. Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 187–206
  • Fitzgerald, R. (2007) An Initial Investigation into the Role of Talkback in Hong Kong and Singapore. Media International Australia. no 124 pp 87-96.
  • Austin, H, Fitzgerald R. (2007) Resisting Categorisation. An Ordinary Mother. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 30 (3): pp 36.1–36.13.
  • Fitzgerald R, Housley, W, (2007) Talkback Community and the Public Sphere. Media International Australia incorporating Cultural Policy. No 122, pp 150-163
  • Fitzgerald, R. and Housley, W (2006) Category, Motive and Accounts: Devolution in Wales. In John Wilson and Karen Stapleton Devolution and Identity. Ashgate. Pp 111-126
  • Fitzgerald, R. The language of Radio (2006) Oxford Encyclopaedia of language and Linguistics. Elsevier.
  • Jaworski, A, Fitzgerald, R. Constantinou, O. (2005) Busy Saying Nothing New: Live Silence in TV Reporting of 9/11. Multilingua 24 121-144.
  • Thornborrow, J, Fitzgerald, R. (2004) Storying the Event. Communication Review 7/4345-352
  • Jaworski, A Fitzgerald, R. Morris, D (2004) Radio leaks: Presenting and contesting leaks in radio news broadcasts. Journalism, Theory and Practice 5/2: 183-202.
  • Jaworski, A, Fitzgerald, R. Morris, D., Galasinski, D. (2003) Beyond Recency: The Discourse of the Future in BBC Radio News. Journal of Belgian English Language andLiteratures. 1:61-72
  • Housley W, Fitzgerald, R. (2003) Moral Discrepancy and Political Discourse: Accountability and the Allocation of Blame in a Political News Interview. Sociological Research Online. Vol. 8 no 2.
  • Jaworski, A, Fitzgerald, R. Morris, D (2003) Certainty and Speculation in Broadcast News Reporting of the Future: The Execution of Timothy McVeigh. Discourse Studies. 5(1). 33-49
  • Fitzgerald, R. Housley. W (2002) Identity, categorisation and sequential organisation: the sequential and categorial flow of identity in a radio phone-in. Discourse and Society 13(5): 579-602.
  • Housley. W, Fitzgerald, R. (2002) National Identity, Categorisation and Debate. In S. Hester, and W. Housley. (eds.) Language, Interaction and National Identity. Ashgate Press.
  • Thornborrow. J, Fitzgerald, R. (2002) From problematic object to routine ‘add-on’: dealing with e-mails in radio phone-ins. Discourse Studies 4(2) 201- 224.
  • Housley, W, Fitzgerald, R. (2002) A Reconsidered model of Membership Categorisation Analysis. Qualitative Research 2(1) 59-84.
  • Housley. W., Fitzgerald, R. (2001) Categorisation, Narrative and Devolution in Wales. Sociological Research Online. 6.
  • Housley. W, Fitzgerald, R. (2000). Ethnomethodology and Practitioner Based Research. Ethnographic Studies. 1 (4).
  • Hester. S, Fitzgerald, R. (1999) Category, Predicate and Contrast: Some Organisational Features in a Radio Talk Show. In Jalbert. P. (Ed) Media Studies: Ethnomethodological Approaches. SECA. UPA.(Eds) Advances in Membership Cateogirsation Analysis. London Sage.

Research Higher Degree Supervison. (PhD and Mphil)


  • 2015 – Terry Au-Yeung Methodological Tool for Multi Modal Analysis. (University of Macau)
  • 2015 – Nancy Yu Fei, Public Relations in China. (University of Macau)


  • 2017 – Faisal Al Shehhi. The emergence and use of English Language radio in Oman. PhD. Due 2016. (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • 2016. Nadira Talib. Inequality as Meritocracy; The use of the metaphor of diversity and the value of inequality within Singapore’s meritocratic education system. PhD: University of Queensland.
  • 2014. Andrew Harvey. Interaction design and energy efficiency. MPhil. University of Queensland.
  • 2014. Melanie McKenzie. “But does it work?” Values in Science Communication Evaluations. PhD: University of Queensland.
  • 2013. Edward Reynolds. Enticing a Challengeable: Sequence, category and embodied action in the construction of antagonism. PhD: University of Queensland.
  • 2008. Carolyn Brown. Standardized Introductory Formats in Public Speaking Events PhD: University of Queensland.
  • 2007. Lisa Gunders. Welfare Discourses in Contemporary Australian Politics. PhD: University of Queensland.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to News and Journalism
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Cinema Studies
  • Special Topics in Journalism and E-News
  • Special Topics in Communication Research


  • 2017-2020. Lv 2. MYRG. The Research and Methodology of Harvey Sacks. University of Macau.
  • 2017 – 2019. Lv 1 MYRG. Enhancing Conversation Analysis Research. With Ricardo Moutinho
  • 2016 -2018. MYRG. Enhancing Communication Research. University of Macau.
  • 2014-2017. SRG. The Methodology of Membership Categorisation Analysis. University of Macau

Contact Details

Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
Humanities & Social Sciences Building (E21B), 2048
Tel: (853) 8822 4022