Michael Keith

Programme PI

Michael Keith is Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford, co-ordinator of Urban Transformations (The ESRC portfolio of investments and research on cities), Co-Director of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities and the Director of the PEAK Urban Research programme.

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 will be a book for Cambridge University Press, entitled: Power, Identity and Representation: Race, Governance and Mobilisation in British Society (with Les Back and John Solomos).

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, working 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, a major cross cultural arts centre in Bethnal Green.

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.