Professor Michele Acuto is an expert on urban politics and international urban planning. Michele is Chair of Global Urban Politics in the Melbourne School fo Design (MSD) at the University of Melbourne, where he is Director of AURIN (the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network) and of the Connected Cities Lab He is also a Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a Senior Fellow of the Bosch Foundation Global Governance Futures Program.
Before joining MSD, Michele was Director of the City Leadership Lab and Professor of Diplomacy and Urban Theory at University College London, having previously worked as Barter Fellow of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities at the University of Oxford. He also taught at the University of Canberra, University of Southern California, Australian National University and National University of Singapore. Outside academia, Michele worked for the Institute of European Affairs in Dublin, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the Kimberley Process for conflict diamonds, the European Commission’s response to pandemic threats. He also has worked for several years on city leadership and city networks with, amongst others, Arup, World Health Organization, World Bank Group, the C40 Climate Leadership Group, and UN-Habitat. Michele is the author of several articles, publications and policy documents on urban governance, international politics and urban development challenges, and currently co-chairs the Nature Sustainability Expert Panel on ‘science and the future of cities‘.