Michael Keith

Programme PI

Michael Keith is Director of the PEAK Urban Research programme. Until October 2019, he was the Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. He is co-ordinator of Urban Transformations (The Economic and Social Research Council portfolio of investments and research on cities), and Co-Director of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities.

His research focuses on migration related processes of urban change. His most recent work is the monograph ‘China Constructing Capitalism: Economic Life and Urban Change’ (2014). His next ‘Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city’ will be published in 2020 by Manchester University Press.

He has experience outside the academy working in the community and voluntary sector and as a politician for twenty years in the East End of London, leader of a London local authority and founder, chair and board member of a wide range of urban regeneration companies and public/private partnerships. He has also several decades experience in the voluntary sector, initially in organisations focusing on racism and the criminal justice system and more recently as the co-founder and chair of the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, the largest multicultural arts centre in the UK.

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Urban Biotopes interview with Michael Keith

Michael Keith, expert on cities and migration, and Stefan Horn, artistic director of Nine Urban Dialogues (9UB), engage in a conversation on the demands of the cities of the present and the imperatives of the cities yet to come.