Michele Lobo is an Australian of Indian heritage whose research focusses on social difference, encounter and belonging in cities. She grew up in Kolkata, was an academic at Loreto College, Calcutta University and completed her PhD in Human Geography in Australia at Monash University, 2008. Michele is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. She has gained national/international recognition for research and scholarship in the field of Urban/Regional Studies, Social/Cultural Geography and Race/Ethnic Relations. Michele authored Reimagining Citizenship in Suburban Australia: Voices from Dandy (2009), co-edited two books in 2011, published eighteen peer reviewed journal articles and eight book chapters. She was nominated for the Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research (Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2015). Her Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award (ARC DECRA) focuses on public spaces and shared belonging in Darwin. Her Australian Research Council Discovery Grant focuses on Lived Islam and Multicultural Coexistence in Melbourne, Detroit and Paris.