Michael's research interests focus on practical applications of research in areas such as Pacific Regionalism, Australian Foreign Policy and new forms of insecurity in relation to state fragility and epidemic diseases. He undertakes a wide range of consultancies in the Pacific and teaches in Fiji.
Michael's administrative responsibilities include being Head of the Department of Politics and Philosophy in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Michael also features regularly in media such as the ABC's 7.30 Report, ABC Insiders, ABC 774, Radio National, 3CR, ABC.net, New Matilda, etc. Michael's writing has also appeared in The Age, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Islands Business, Fiji Sun and Fiji Times.