Mike is Associate Director of SURF and Senior Research Fellow, having joined SURF in 2003 as a Research Fellow.
Prior to joining SURF he completed degrees in social and political studies at Sheffield (1996), communications policy at City University, London (1997) and his doctorate at Salford (2004). Mike’s research interests focus on urban, regional and community transitions to low-carbon economies, the ways in which this may or may not happen and understandings of the lessons to be learned from such processes. He has developed projects funded by the European Commission, UK research councils, sub-national government and through private consultancy. These have principally addressed relationships between sub-national territories and the reconfiguration of their key socio-technical infrastructures in a period of globalisation, neoliberalisation and in a context of the challenges posed by climate change and resource constraint.
Mike has published and presented widely on this agenda. He has done so for academic, practitioner and policy audiences, in the UK and internationally. Most recently Mike has written World Cities and Climate Change (2010, Open University Press, Maidenhead) with Simon Marvin and has edited an international collection on Cities and Low Carbon Transitions (2011, London, Routledge) with Harriet Bulkeley, Vanesa Castan Broto and Simon Marvin. He has also reviewed journal articles in urban studies, science and technology studies and innovation studies.
Mike is currently leading on SURF’s involvement in the EPSRC Urban Retrofit project and is providing senior research support to the Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform for Mistra – Urban Futures.