Michael is Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Urban Design in the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has previously worked at the University of Manchester, UK as well as urban design/planning consultancy firm Urban Imprint. He is educated in urban planning with a master’s specialism in urban design. His PhD, with an urban studies/planning emphasis, analysed temporary urban development across England’s eight core cities.
Michael’s research and teaching focus on the broad themes of urban regeneration, sustainable place- making and urban design. His work in these areas is concerned with a variety of phenomena associated with the design, planning and development of cities including, austerity urbanism, vacant/previously developed land, urban regeneration and temporary use, child-friendly cities, children’s place use and contextually responsive urban design.
He has undertaken research funded by charities, public bodies and local government in the UK and Denmark (including ESRC and LEGO Foundation) and has published his results in leading international journals, including Urban Studies, Planning Practice & Research, Town Planning Review and Trafik & Veje (Denmark).
Having practiced professionally from 2012-15 Michael is committed to positioning his work in relation to contemporary policy debates and real-world challenges in the design and development of city spaces.