Mike Dee was a youth worker in Kings Cross and Earls Court, London, in 1977 and has more than twenty years direct experience working with children, young people, families and communities. He has taught previously in youthwork, community education and development, social policy and human services at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, De Montfort University, UK, The Open University, UK and Griffith University, Brisbane.

At Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Mike completed his PhD on the topic of Young People, Public Space and Citizenship (in 2008) and currently teaches across the Social Work and Human Services discipline in Urban Sociology, Community Development, Research Projects, Social Policy, Political Economy and also Practice Theories. His research interests include the study of citizenship, the social determinants of health, CCTV and other forms of surveillance, 'Big Data', urban public space and children and young people’s rights.