Michel works at the Department of Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University, Belgium, where he teaches early childhood care and education and family pedagogy. He obtained his PhD in 2004 with a research on the societal functions of child care and a genealogical study of Belgian child care. He is president of the VBJK, Research and Resource Centre for Early Childhood Care and Education in Flanders. He was one of the founding members of the European DECET network (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training). He has published several articles and chapters on diversity and social inclusion in early childhood education, including The View of the Yeti (Van Leer Foundation, 2001), translated into Greek and French. Together with Gilles Brougère he has recently published Repenser l’éducation préscolaire (Peter Lang, 2007). Michel is a member of the editorial board of the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal and the International Journal of Educational Policy, Research and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies.