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.

The project websites have been unpublished due to the ongoing Russian war against Ukraine. The contents of the project's Facebook page has been significantly reduced.

Project website at UiO.

Project website in Ukraine.

Project on facebook.

Course responsibility

  • SGO2400 (Starting Fall 2020, yearly) - Political geography (in Scandinavian)
  • SGO3500 (Spring, yearly) - Urban structures and urban development (in Scandinavian)
  • HGO4201 (Fall 2019) - Urban geographical theory (in English)

Other teaching (sporadic contributions)

  • SGO1003 (Fall, yearly) - Academic writing in human geography (in Scandinavian)
  • SGO2100 (Spring, yearly) - Urban geography and urbanism (in Scandinavian)
  • HGO4011 (Fall, yearly) - Philosophy and methodology of human geography (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. Since 2018.


Twitter: @GentileOslo

Tags: Human Geography, Urban development, Geopolitics, Ukraine

Selected publications

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


Recent articles and book chapters:


  1. Gentile, M. and M. Kragh (2022), The 2020 Belarusian presidential election and conspiracy theories in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, International Affairs, https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiac053.
  2. Gentile, M. (2020), Diabolical suggestions: Disinformation and the curios scale of nationalism in Ukrainian geopolitical fault-line cities, Geopolitics, https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2020.1830766.
  3. Gentile, M. and Ö. Sjöberg (2020), Neoliberalism(s) as a guide to post-Wall urban change: explanation out of the blue? Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 111(2): 149-162.
  4. Borén, T. and M. Gentile (2020), "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), 89-109.
  5. Gentile, M. (2019), "The Rise and Demise of the Soviet-Made Housing Shortage in the Baltic Countries", in D. Hess and T. Tammaru (eds.) Housing Estates in the Baltic Countries (Cham, Switzerland: Springer), 51-70.
  6. Gentile, M. (2019), Geopolitical fault-line cities in the world of divided cities, Political Geography 71 (2019): 126-138.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 41(5): 654-678.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Gentile, M. (2017), "Boligsegregasjon", in D. Jordhus-Lier and K. Stokke (eds.), Innføring i Samfunnsgeografi (Oslo: Cappelen Damm), pp. 217-231.
  14. Ferenčuhová, S. and M. Gentile (2016), Introduction: Post-socialist cities and urban theory, Eurasian Geography and Economics 57 (4):483-496.
  15. 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.

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 Apr. 4, 2022 10:57 PM