Michael Gentile

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Phone +47-22855150
Room 315
Available hours By appointment.
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Harriet Holters hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1096 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

Urban geography, geopolitics, Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine, housing, socio-spatial differentiation, labour migration, interviewer effects.

Research projects

Ukrainian Geopolitical Fault-line Cities: Urban identity, geopolitics and urban policy (NFR/NORRUSS, project no. 287267), 2018-2022.

Project website at UiO.

Project website in Ukraine.

Courses taught

  • SGO3500 (Spring, yearly) - Urban structures and urban development (in Scandinavian)
  • HGO4201 (Fall 2019) - Urban geographical theory (in English)


PhD 2004 (Uppsala University)

Post-doc 2005-2007 (Stockholm School of Economics)

Docent 2009 (Uppsala University)


Associate editor: Eurasian Geography and Economics: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rege20/current.

Tags: Human Geography, Urban development, Geopolitics, Ukraine


Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.no/citations?user=zZRuA7wAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao.

Articles and book chapters (2015-2019):

  1. Gentile, M. and Ö. Sjöberg (2019), Neoliberalism(s) as a guide to post-Wall urban change: explanation out of the blue? Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (forthcoming).
  2. Gentile, M. (2019), Geopolitical fault-line cities in the world of divided cities, Political Geography 71 (2019): 126-138.
  3. Borén, T. and M. Gentile (2019), "Wrestling with the Soviet State: a Life History of Housing in Leningrad", in L. Drummond och D. Young (red.), Socialist and Post-Socialist Urbanisms: Critical Reflections from a Global Perspective (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), forthcoming.
  4. Chan, K.W., M. Gentile, N. Kinossian, T. Oakes  and C. Young (2018), Editorial – theory generation, comparative analysis and bringing the “Global East” into play, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 59 (1): 1-6.
  5. Mezentsev, K., M. Gentile, N. Mezentseva and Iu. Stebletska (2018), An island of civilization in a sea of delay? Indifference and fragmentation along the rugged shorelines of Kiev’s newbuild archipelago, Journal of Urban Affairs, DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2018.1503544.
  6. Gentile, M. (2018), Gentrifications in the planetary elsewhere: Tele-urbanization, Schengtrification, colour-splashing, and the mirage of "more-than-adequate" critical theory, Urban Geography 39 (10): 1455-1464.
  7. Gentile, M. (2018), Three metals and the “post-socialist city”: reclaiming the peripheries of urban knowledge, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 42 (6): 1140-1151.
  8. Gentile, M. (2017), "Staden och den geopolitiska förkastningslinjen", in T. Borén (ed.), Urban Utveckling och Interaktion, YMER 2017 (Stockholm: Svenska Sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi), pp. 49-69.
  9. Gentile, M. (2017), "Geopolitical fault-line cities", in A. Pikulicka-Wilczewska and G. Uehling (eds.), Migration and the Ukraine Crisis: A Two-Country Perspective (Bristol: E-International Relations), pp. 6-24.
  10. Gentile, M. (2017), "Boligsegregasjon", in D. Jordhus-Lier and K. Stokke (eds.), Innføring i Samfunnsgeografi (Oslo: Cappelen Damm), pp. 217-231.
  11. Ferenčuhová, S. and M. Gentile (2016), Introduction: Post-socialist cities and urban theory, Eurasian Geography and Economics 57 (4):483-496.
  12. Gentile, M. (2016), Neighbourhood reputation in the Soviet and early post-Soviet city: disassembling the geography of prestige in Ust’-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, European Urban and Regional Studies 23 (4): 697-715.
  13. Bernt, M., M. Gentile and S. Marcińczak (2015), Gentrification in post-communist countries: an introduction, Geografie 120 (2): 104-112.
  14. Gentile, M., J. Salukvadze and D. Gogishvili (2015), Newbuild gentrification, tele-urbanization and urban growth: placing the cities of the post-Communist South in the gentrification debate, Geografie 120 (2): 134-163.
  15. Gentile, M. (2015), The ‘Soviet’ factor: exploring perceived housing inequalities in a mid-sized city in the Donbas, Ukraine, Urban Geography 36 (5): 696-720.
  16. Gentile, M. (2015), The post-Soviet urban poor and where they live: Khrushchev-era blocks, "bad" areas, and the vertical dimension in Luhansk, Ukraine, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105 (3): 583-603.
  17. Gentile, M. (2015), West-oriented in the East-oriented Donbas: A political stratigraphy of geopolitical identity in Luhansk, Ukraine, Post-Soviet Affairs 31 (3): 201-223.
  18. Marcińczak, S. T. Tammaru, J. Novák, M. Gentile, Z. Kovács, J. Temelová, V. Valatka, A. Kährik and B. Szabó (2015), Patterns of socioeconomic segregation in the capital cities of fast-track reforming post-socialist countries, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105 (1): 183-202.

Theme issue:

Ferenčuhová, S. and M. Gentile (2016)(guest eds.), Post-socialist cities and urban theory, Eurasian Geography and Economics 57 (4/5).

Includes contributions by Slavomira Ferencuhova & Michael Gentile; Slavomira Ferencuhová; Sonia Hirt; Tauri Tuvikene; Martin Ourednicek; Matthias Bernt; Thomas Borén & Craig Young; Oleg Golubchikov; Stefan Bouzarovski, Ludek Sykora och Roman Matousek; Jennifer Robinson.

Published Sep. 6, 2016 12:15 AM - Last modified May 13, 2019 1:31 PM