Dr Michael Briguglio is a sociologist, politician and activist from Malta. He is a candidate for the 2019 European Parliamentary elections.
Michael has a doctorate in sociology and is a lecturer at the University of Malta. His main research interests are politics, social movements, environment, culture and social policy, and he has published several scientific contributions on these topics. He also co-edited the book Sociology of the Maltese Islands. He was one of the founders of the Malta Sociological Association and is a member of the European Sociological Association.
Michael has been involved in civil society and politics since the 1990s. He commenced his activism in 1994 with Moviment Graffitti. In 1997 he was instrumental in the change in legislation that meant that the selling of public land now required parliamentary approval. This followed protests and a six-day hunger strike against the Portomaso project, which involved the cheap sale of public land. That year Michael was also active in the successful campaign in favour of stipends. In 1999 he co-founded Front Kontra l-Golf Course, which eventually succeeded in stopping the development of a golf course the size of Sliema on agricultural land in Rabat. In 2003 Nature Trust gave Michael the Green Outstanding Personality award.
Michael was also active in the campaign for EU membership and co-founded the successful Yes to Divorce campaign. He was also the first politician in Malta to publicly express support for same-sex marriage.
In 2015, he co-founded Front Ħarsien ODZ, and as part of this movement he co-organised the Save Żonqor protest, which was the biggest ever environmental protest in Malta, with 4000 people protesting against the private university development at Żonqor Point. He also co-founded Civil Society Network, and as part of this network co-organised a number of protests for justice and against corruption, including the biggest ever civil society protest in Malta, with 15,000 people calling for justice in the aftermath of the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Michael was active in Alternattiva Demokratika - the Green Party - between 1998 and 2017, first contesting elected office with the party in 2003. In those elections he was elected to the local council of his hometown, Sliema. He was elected again in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He led the party between 2009 and 2013. In 2013, Michael received the highest ever number of first-preference votes for an AD candidate in a general election (741 on the 10th district) and in the Sliema local council elections (727, winning 8.2 per cent of votes). He joined the Nationalist Party as part of the coalition for good governance before the 2017 general election. He is currently a PN councillor on the Sliema local council.
Michael is also a drummer, and co-founded the band Norm Rejection in 1994, with whom he also wrote lyrics, releasing three albums and two EPs. He also formed part of Dripht and Filletti and Friends. He regularly writes opinion columns in Times of Malta and Il-Mument and a blog for Malta Today. He hosts a weekly news programme on NET FM and writes and presents a vlog about current affairs for The Malta Independent.