Michele is Professor of Global Urban Politics at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, and Professor of Diplomacy in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP) at University College London.


Michele is also a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, co-Chair of UCL's Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities, and a Fellow of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities at the University of Oxford.

He was previously Director of the City Leadership Lab at STEaPP, Fellow of the Center on Public Diplomacy in the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, and a Fellow of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford. He taught science and technology studies (STS) in the Faculty of Business and Government at the University of Canberra and international relations at the Australian National University. He held visiting positions at the National University of Singapore and the Institute of European Affairs in Dublin, served as JPO for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and worked on the Kimberley Process for conflict diamonds. Michele also worked on the European Commission's response to pandemic threats (SARS and Avian Influenza), on the intersection between city networks and infectious disease, and as Expert advisor on city diplomacy for the World Health Organisation.


Michele is the author of The Urban Link (Routledge), editor of Negotiating Relief (Hurst), co-editor of Global City Challenges (with Wendy Steele) and Reassembling International Theory (with Simon Curtis) and of the series Cities and the Global Politics of the Environment (with Sofie Bouteligier) all for Palgrave Macmillan, and currently co-chairs the UCL-Nature Sustainability Expert Panel on science and the future of cities.