Michael is an economist working in Real Estate and Planning at the Henley Business School, University of Reading. He has a long-standing research interest in cities, real estate, housing and land markets, urban and housing policy, and the human behaviour and organisations associated with them. He written widely in academic and non-academic contexts. His current research relates to housing supply, international mortgage finance; cross-country differences in property development and housing provision; urban heritage; privately rented housing; and land taxation. He has been a policy advisor and consultant to many governments and firms and was Lead Panel Member of the Housing Markets and Planning Expert Advisory Group at the then UK Department of Communities and Local Government, 2007-2010.