Professor of Diplomacy and Urban Theory, UCL

Michele is Director for the City Leadership Lab. He is Professor of Diplomacy & Urban Theory at University College London's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) where he also serves as Research Director.

Michele is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a Fellow of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities at the University of Oxford.

He was previously Fellow of the Center on Public Diplomacy in the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, and a Fellow of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford. He taught science and technology studies (STS) in the Faculty of Business and Government at the University of Canberra and international relations at the Australian National University. He held visiting positions at the National University of Singapore and the Institute of European Affairs in Dublin, served as JPO for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and worked on the Kimberley Process for conflict diamonds. Michele also worked on the European Commission's response to pandemic threats (SARS and Avian Influenza) and on the intersection between city networks and infectious disease. As part of the City Leadership Lab collaboration, he served in this area as Expert advisor on city diplomacy for the World Health Organisation.

Michele is the author of The Urban Link (Routledge), editor of Negotiating Relief (Hurst), co-editor of Global City Challenges (with Wendy Steele) and Reassembling International Theory (with Simon Curtis) and of the series Cities and the Global Politics of the Environment (with Sofie Bouteligier) all for Palgrave Macmillan.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Professor, University College London
  • 2013–2016
    Senior lecturer, University College London
  • 2011–2013
    Research Fellow, University of Oxford
  • 2010–2012
    Research Fellow, University of Southern California

Publications

  • 2013
    The Urban Link, Routledge
  • 2013
    City Leadership and Global Governance, Global Governance
  • 2013
    The New Climate Leaders?, Review of International Studies
  • 2013
    The naïveté of large numbers, Yale Journal of International Affairs

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Learning from Crisis
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    World Bank
  • 2015
    The Urban Governance of the Nexus
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • 2015
    Vaccinating the Nexus
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • 2013
    City Leadership in Global Governance
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ESRC

Professional Memberships

  • International Studies Association
  • American Association of Geographers