Michael has joined IPPR after four years advising governments and others on international climate change policy in the run-up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris in December 2015. He remains senior adviser to the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, for whose reports Better Growth, Better Climate (2014) and Seizing the Global Opportunity (2015) he was a lead author. From 2007–2010 he was a special adviser to the prime minister, with responsibility for energy, environment and climate policy, and before that a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Treasury between 2004 and 2007.
An economist, he is a visiting professor at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, and in the Department of Political Science at University College London. Michael is a former general secretary of the Fabian Society, academic at Lancaster University and the LSE, and managing director of an employee-owned consultancy business.
Michael has written widely on environmental economics and politics and social democratic thought. His books include The Green Economy: Environment, Sustainable Development and the Politics of the Future (Pluto Press, 1991), Greening the Millennium? The New Politics of the Environment (ed, Blackwell, 1997), The Politics of the Real World (Earthscan, 1996) and Paying for Progress: A New Politics of Tax for Public Spending (Fabian Society, 2000). His book Rethinking Capitalism: Economic Policy for Equitable and Sustainable Growth (edited with Mariana Mazzucato) will be published by Wiley Blackwell in summer 2016.