Michiel's research centres on the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Comparative politics, US-China relations, grand strategy, neoclassical realism and International Relations theory.
Michiel's work has been published in international peer reviewed outlets such as International Studies Review. Please refer to the Publications tab for a full list.
Michiel held the Shanghai Municipal Research Fellowship twice (2014-2015 and 2015-2016), Associate Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy (2014-2015), the Warwick Transatlantic Fellowship (2014), and achieved full Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy (2015 onwards). He obtained 16 awards and grants, including the Universities China Committee in London Research Grant and the Institute of Advanced Study Vacation School & Conference Award (joint application).
Michiel also frequently presents papers at nationally and internationally leading conferences such as the ISA (International Studies Association) Annual Convention, ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), BISA (British International Studies Association) Annual Conference, BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group Annual Conference; and ad hoc workshops. His most recent conference paper presentation was at ISA Hong Kong from 15-18 June 2017.
Michiel's comments have appeared in media outlets such as Financial Times, The Conversation, The China Review and Warwick Knowledge Centre. He also regularly organises Guest Lectures and Seminars on topics such as Economics and strategy in the Trans Pacific, China's leadership transition, Japan's global role, North Korea, European Union affairs Economic and strategic implications of China's rise, and so forth.
Michiel teaches the International Relations of the Asia Pacific course, Ideas in World Politcs and Research Methods at the Master in International Relations programme. Prior to that, Michiel taught World Politics (2012-2016), International Security (2015-2016) and Theories of International Relations (2015-2016), and ran the adult learners’ course on World Politics at The University of Warwick (2013-2016). He has taught various modules at the Warwick Business School and created the 2015 Warwick Summer School course on World Politics. Michiel was nominated for the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for academic staff (2016), he holds the MA-level PCAPP teaching Certificate and is Fellow with the British Higher Education Academy since 2015.
Prior to his PhD studies on neoclassical realism and United States grand strategy to China between 1991 and 2015 (University of Warwick, UK), Michiel obtained MA degrees in International Political Economy (University of Warwick, UK) and Commercial Sciences (European University College, Brussels) and BA degrees in Commercial Sciences (European University College, Brussels) and Business Management (University College Leuven).