Michael Harloe is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Salford and a Visiting Professor at LSE London. He was Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford from 1997-2009. He was formerly Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex where he also served Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research). Earlier in his career he worked at the LSE and the Centre for Environmental Studies. He was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2000 and was elected to its Council in 2009.
His principal research focuses on the social aspects of housing and urban and regional development. He was the Founder Editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Development from 1977-97. He has published 15 books and over 60 academic papers. He has obtained research grants from, among others, ESRC, Rowntree, Leverhulme, Nuffield, Ango-German Foundation, the Social Science Research Council (New York) and government.
He has also been actively involved in public policy related to housing and urban development. Currently he chairs the Manchester Salford Housing Market Renewal Partnership. He was formerly a Board Member of Shelter and has at various times been an adviser to the House of Commons and the British and German governments.