Michael Keith

Professor and Director of PEAK Urban

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Michael Keith is the 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 (seconded until 2024). He was, until 2021, co-ordinator of Urban Transformations (The Economic and Social Research Council portfolio of investments and research on cities) and is the Co-Director of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities. He is also a Co-Investigator of the Open City research project.

His research focuses on migration-related processes of urban change. His most recent works include ‘Urban Transformations and Public Health in the Emergent City’, and African Cities and Collaborative Futures, both published by Manchester University Press and The Unfinished Politics of Race, published by Cambridge University Press in 2022.

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 also has several decades of 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.


Mobility & Future Cities: The Direction Ahead
Podcast | Jacobs: If/When | 05/05/2020


Select Publications


Gómez, Jairo A.; Guan, ChengHe; Tripathy, Pratyush; Duque, Juan C.; Passos, Santiago; Keith, Michael; Liu, Jialin. (2021) Analysing the Spatiotemporal Uncertainty in Urbanization Predictions, J. Remote Sens.13, no. 3: 512

Guan, C., Song, J., Keith, M., Zhang, B., Akiyama, Y., Da, L., Shibasaki, R., & Sato, T. (2021) Seasonal variations of park visitor volume and park service area in Tokyo: A mixed-method approach combining big data and field observations, Journal of Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 58, 126973, ISSN 1618-8667

Keith, M., & de Souza Santos, A. A. (eds) (2021) African cities and collaborative futures, Manchester, England: Manchester University Press
Incl. chapters:
- Introduction: Urban presence and uncertain futures in African cities (Michael Keith with Andreza de Souza Santos)
- ‘From an ‘infrastructural turn’ to the platform logics of logistics (Michael Keith with Andreza de Souza Santos)


Garnett, E., Keith, M., Gidley, B., & Ahmed, N. (2020) Shared Devotions: space, faith and community in East LondonHistoric England

Guan, C., Keith, M., & Hong, A. (2020) Designing walkable cities and neighborhoods in the era of urban big dataUrban Planning International 01 Jan 2020, DOI:10.22217/upi.2019.389

Guan, C., Song, J., Keith, M., Akiyama, Y., Shibasaki, R., & Sato, T. (2020) Delineating urban park catchment areas using mobile phone data: A case study of Tokyo, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 81:101474-101474 Article number 101474 01 May 2020; doi: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2020.101474

Keith, M., & de Souza Santos, A. A. (eds) (2020) Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city, Manchester, England: Manchester University Press; Publication date: 25 Aug 2020
Incl. chapters:
- ‘Urban transformation and public health in future cities’ (pp1-35) and the conclusion
- ‘City DNA, public health and a new urban imaginary’ (pp198-212)

Keith, M., O’Clery, N., Parnell, S., & Revi, A. (2020) The future of the future city? The new urban sciences and a PEAK Urban interdisciplinary disposition, Cities Journal, 105 Article number 102820 29 Jun 2020

The future of the future city? The new urban sciences and a PEAK Urban interdisciplinary disposition
Briefing | 04/08/2020

Future Cities, New Economy, and Shared City Prosperity Driven by Technological Innovations
Report | 13/02/2020


Keith, M. (2019) ‘Philosophies of Commensuration, Value and Worth in the Future City Rethinking the Interdisciplinary’, in Philosophy and the City Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Perspectives, Jacobs, Keith, Malpas, Jeff, (eds) pp. 217-233, Rowman and Littlefield, London and New York


Ahmed, N., Garnett, J., Gidley, B., Harris, A., & Keith, M. (2016) Shifting markers of identity in East London's diasporic religious spacesEthnic and Racial Studies, 39:2, 223-242