Michael is Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for civic engagement at the University of Liverpool and Executive Director of its Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice. Michael has acted as adviser on urban affairs across a range of cities in the UK and Europe. He is also a member of the Liverpool Commonwealth Games 2022 Bid Project Board.
Michael has generated over £8m in research funds to assess the development of cities, urban policy and regeneration in the UK and Europe. He lectures extensively nationally and internationally and is a regular contributor to the media. He was made Commander of the British Empire for services to urban regeneration in 2007 and was made Citizen of Honour of Liverpool in 2016.