Academic Career:

  • 2018- : Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University
  • 2016-2018: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Geography, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)


  • 2012-2016: PhD, Department of Geography, Ghent University (Belgium)
  • 2008-2011: Research Master Social Science, Graduate School of Social Science, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • 2005-2008: BA in Human Geography, Department of Geography, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Prizes and Awards

Michiel's work is situated at the interface of urban and economic geography and examines how urban regions and economies are reshaped through the deepening of global interdependencies, technological innovations and uneven development. In recent years, he developed a particular focus on financial relations, as analysing economic and urban development increasingly requires adopting a financial lens. His research strategy is based on the premise that both past theories and theories from different geographical traditions have an important role to play in understanding our contemporary predicament. Therefore, grounding geography's conceptual evolution in historical awareness has become an important aspect of his work. Broadly, his research encompasses the following themes.

Urban Geography

  • Urban systems theory
  • World city networks
  • Geographies of metropolization

Economic and Financial Geography

  • Firm networks, clusters and transnational economic processes
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and new technologies
  • Financial geography of Europe

History and Epistemology of Geography

  • History of post-1945 Geography
  • Engaged pluralist geographical praxis
  • Transnational histories of Geography

Recent research projects

Michiel's main teaching is on the broad subjects of economic and financial geography both at the undergraduate and postgraduate taught level. Furthermore, he contributes to teaching on methods and research design.

Current postgraduate research students:

  • Louise Tompkins: Music Rights Management in the Digital Age (ESRC collaborative Doctoral Award in partnership with Sentric Music, Liverpool).