Michael Keith Centre Director

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Michael Keith is Director of COMPAS,  Co-ordinator of Urban Transformations (The ESRC portfolio of investments and research on cities), and Co-Director of the University of Oxford Future of Cities 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.

He has experience outside the academy as a politician for twenty years in the east end of London, serving in the 1990s and early 2000s for five years as leader of a London local authority, Chair of the Thames Gateway London Partnership and a commissioner on the Blair government’s response to the 2005 London bombings, the Commission on Integration and Cohesion.



Blog Posts

Book Chapters

Edited Books

Migration: The COMPAS Anthology

Bridget Anderson and Michael Keith

China Constructing Capitalism. Economic Life and Urban Change

Michael Keith, Scott Lash, Jakob Arnoldi, Tyler Rooker

Journal Articles



Attitudes to Migrants, Communication and Local Leadership (AMICALL)

Ben Gidley, Sarah Spencer, Michael Keith and Vanessa Hughes | 2011 – 2012

Risk Cultures in China: An Economic Sociology?

Michael Keith | 2006 – 2009

Social Externalities: China, India, Africa

Michael Keith | 2010 - 2011

Urban Transformations Coordination

Michael Keith, Nicola Headlam, Peter Grant, Igor Calzada, Andreza de Souza Santos, Nicholas Simcik Arese, Emma Newcombe, Mikal Mast and Nathan Grassi | 2015 - 2019