Michiel de Lange is an Assistant Professor in New Media Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University; co-founder of The Mobile City, a platform for the study of new media and urbanism; and works as a researcher in the field of (mobile) media, urban culture, identity and play. Currently, Michiel is the co-lead of a NWO-funded Smart Culture – Creative Cities project called "Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities", a collaboration with UTwente and a large consortium of societal partners. Past projects include the NWO KIEM and Creative Industries funded project “The Hackable City”, about the ways digital media shape the future of city making; management committee membership of the EU funded COST Action Cyberparks.
In 2010 Michiel completed his PhD dissertation at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Faculty of Philosophy) called “Moving Circles: mobile media and playful identities”, which concerns the ways in which mobile media technologies shape the construction of personal and cultural identities in urban settings. Michiel was trained as an anthropologist at the University of Amsterdam, and studied Industrial Design and Management for a year at the TU Delft. Michiel studies, writes, gives talks, and organizes events about media technologies in the city.