Richard Fitzgerald

Associate Professor

Administrative Roles

  • Chair, of Dept Research Committee
  • Member, Faculty Development Committee
  • Member, Dept Executive Committee

Academic Qualifications

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

Current Research

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

Editorial Board Membership

  • Qualitiative Research (Sage)
  • Discourse, Context and Media (Elsevier)
  • International and Intercultural Communication (Taylor and Francis) Journal of the National Communication Association

Refereed Publications


  • Fitzgerald, R. Housley, W. (Eds.) (2015) Advances in Membership Categorisation Analysis. London Sage.
  • Fitzgerald, R., Housley, W. (Eds.) (2009) Media, Policy and Interaction. Aldershot Ashgate.

Journal Special Issues

  • 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

  • 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. (Online first)
  • Angus, D., Fitzgerald, R., Atay, C., Wiles, J. (2016) Using visual text analytics to examine broadcast interviewing. Discourse Context Media. 11, 38-49.
  • Rintel, S., Angus, D., Fitzgerald, R. (2016) Ripples of mediatization: Social media and the exposure of the pool interview. Discourse, Context, Media. 11, 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, No. 2, pp. 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.
  • Ekström, M., & Fitzgerald, R. (2014). Groundhog Day: Extended repetitions in political news interviews. Journalism Studies, 15(1), 82-97.
  • Reynolds, E., Fitzgerald, R. (2015) Challenging Normativity: re-appraising category, bound, tied and predicated features. In Fitzgerald, R. and Housley, W. (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 (2013) 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. (online January 31, 2013)
  • 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 Research in 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 PractitionerBased 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) MediaStudies : Ethnomethodological Approaches. SECA. UPA.

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)
  • • 2016 – Anny Yang Hua (University of Macau)
  • • 2012 – 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

  • COMM707 Special Topics in Journalism and E-News
  • COMB121 Introduction to News and Journalism
  • COMB463 Broadcast Journalism
  • COMM70 Special Topics in Communication Research
  • COMB320 Qualitative Research Methods
  • COMB469 Cinema Studies

Current Research Grants


    • 2016 -2018. MYRG. Enhancing Communication Research. University of Macau (Pending)
    • 2014-2017. SRG. The methodology of Membership Categorisation Analysis University of Macau


Contact Details

          Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
          University of Macau
          Avenida da Universidade,Taipa, Macao
          Room: Humanities & Social Sciences Building (E21), 2048
          Telephone: (853) 8822 4022
          Fax: (853) 8822 2338