Dr Vlad Mykhnenko

Profile details

Note: Vlad Mykhnenko is on sabbatical leave until 15 January 2024 (Hilary Term 2024).

Academic Profile

Vlad Mykhnenko is an economic and urban geographer, specialising in geographical political economy. Empirically, over the past twenty years, Mykhnenko’s research interests have expanded from the urban and regional economies of the post-communist eastern Europe (esp., Polish Upper Silesia and the Ukrainian Donbas) - the global East - to encompass the local development phenomena observed across the global North and the global South. Over the past twenty years, he has produced well over 100 research outputs, containing books; articles in top quartile peer-reviewed journals, including Applied Geography; Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society; Cities; Environment and Planning A; Environment and Planning C; European Planning Studies; European Urban and Regional Studies; Europe-Asia Studies; The Geographical Journal; East European Politics; International Planning Studies;  Journal of Economic Geography; Journal of Geography in Higher Education; Journal of Urban Affairs; Oxford Review of Economic Policy; Regional Studies; Urban Research & Practice; other documents; and digital artefacts. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Eurasian Geography & Economics, and Chinese Geographical Science.

Mykhnenko’s research has so far generated well over £8 million in external research funding, with £1.8 million as a Principal Investigator. At Oxford, Mykhnenko has served as Consortium Lead and Principal Investigator of the Smart Shrinkage Solutions (3S RECIPE) research programme (€1.7m, 2017-2020) funded by the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe and the UKRI Economic and Social Research Council. During this period, he also served as Co-Investigator on the UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded PaCCS Innovation Awards on Conflict and International Development grant, successfully exposing Ukraine’s Hidden Tragedy of forced population displacement from the country’s war-torn regions (£79k, 2016-2018). Currently, he is carrying out several industry- and 3rd sector-funded research initiatives, ranging from the future of cities to rebuilding Ukraine’s iron and steel industry without the use of fossil fuels.

Mykhnenko holds a PhD in Political Economy from Darwin College, the University of Cambridge (2005); an MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University (CEU, 1999); and an MA (1998) and a BA (1996) in International Relations from Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv. He joined the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE or ContEd) in January 2017 to take up an Associate Professorship in Sustainable Urban Development, alongside a Research Fellowship in Sustainable Urban Development at St. Peter’s College, Oxford. Between 2018-2021, Vlad served as Continuing Education Director of Graduate Studies for Postgraduate Research Students (DGS Research). 

Prior to Oxford, Mykhnenko was Lecturer in Human Geography, Urban Adaptation and Resilience at the University of Birmingham (2008-2012); Visiting Professor at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty (Autumn 2014); and held a series of successive Research Fellowships at the University of Nottingham (2008-2011), the University of Glasgow (2005-2008), and the CEU Centre for Policy Studies in Budapest (2003-2004).

Mykhnenko regularly acts in an advisory capacity for the public, private, and civil society sectors, municipal and regional governments, intergovernmental organisations, and multinational companies. He currently serves as a non-executive director of Oxford International Study Abroad Programme Ltd., an EQAC-accredited short course provider. In 2015, Mykhnenko was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to a high-level expert group of 200 urbanists worldwide to provide UN-Habitat with independent policy recommendations on key issues related to sustainable urban development. Consequently, Mykhnenko’s Policy Unit No 9. Urban Services and Technology contribution has formed an integral part of the New Urban Agenda. This action-oriented document, which was officially adopted on 23 December 2016 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, rethinks the way we build, manage, and live in cities, setting global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development. More recently, Vlad has given oral evidence in public to the British Parliament, in connection with the House of Commons' inquiry into the challenges of Recovery in Ukraine. Currently, he is giving advice to the Mayor of Mariupol and the City Council on Mariupol Reborn – a post-war revival strategy for the pulverised city, and participates in a new consultation group on Shrinking Smartly and Sustainably at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2023-2026).

Aspects of Mykhnenko’s research and analysis have been discussed and featured in various types of mass media, including the Al Jazeera Balkans (QAT) ● Arirang TV (KOR) ● Bang Showbiz (GBR) ● Banking News (GRE) ● BBC 2 TVBBC News Online (GBR) ● BBC News TVBBC World Service TVBBC Radio 4 / BBC World Service RadioBBC Radio 5 LiveBBC World Service OnlineBerliner Zeitung (DEU) ● Blick (CHE) ● CNBC IndonesiaCNN IndonesiaDanas (HRV) ● The Daily Star (GBR) ● The Daily Telegraph (GBR) ● Doomsday Watch with Arthur Snell Podcast (GBR) ● Expresso (PRT) ● Female First (GBR) ● The Financial Times (GBR) ● Financial World (RSA) ● Forbes (USA) ● Frankfurter Rundschau (DEU) ● Il Giorno (ITA) ● The Guardian (GBR) ● El Heraldo de México (MEX) ● The Hindustan Times (IND) ● The i newspaper (GBR) ● India Blooms News Service (IND) ● The Irish Independent (IRE) ● The Irish Voice (IRE) ● Jornal Floripa (BRA) ● Just Earth News ● Klix (BIH) ● The Kyiv Independent (UKR) LNK Žinios TV (LTU) ● Ma Clinique (FRA) ● Mediapart (FRA) ● Il Messaggero (ITA, ● MINT (IND) ● La Nazione (ITA) ● NEWTON Industry Specialized Digest (SVK) ● News MedicalNewsweek (USA) ● Observator (ROM) ● Oh!MyMagPlanningPlanning ResourcePR Newswire (USA) ● Quotidiano Nazionale (ITA) ● Il Resto del Carlino (ITA) ● The Scotsman (GBR) ● The State House News Service (USA) ● The Sunday Telegraph (GBR) ● Svenska Dagbladet (SWE) ● Yerepouni Daily News (ARM) ● TIME (USA) ● TV 2 (NOR) ● VietCatholic News (VNM) ● Vox (USA) ● Wirtualna Polska (POL) ● Zing News (VNM); as well as in local media outlets, including The Aberdeen Press and Journal (SCO) ● CE Noticias Financieras (Florida, USA) ● The Glasgow Evening Times (SCO) ● The Miami Herald (USA) ● Münchner Merkur (DEU) ● The Newcastle Evening Chronicle (ENG) ● The Oxford Mail (ENG) ● and Ukraine’s CXID.Info ● Donetskie NovostiHromadske RadioInterfax-UkraineLB.UANovosti KrymaNovosti Luganska ● RBC–UkraineSvobodaUkraiinska PravdaUkraiinski NovynyUkrinform News AgencyVesti Ukrainy. For Mykhnenko’s dissemination and media activities at Oxford, see his Find an Expert page.  

Vlad Mykhnenko is originally from Donetsk, Ukraine.


The great bulk of Mykhnenko’s academic research is devoted to geographical political economy – a transdisciplinary study of spatialities, landscapes, and contested futures of modern capitalism, its varieties, development trajectories, and alternatives. Geographical political economy is founded on the assumption that economic, political, cultural, and environmental processes are necessarily related – co-evolving spatially, and co-implicated territorially with each other. The connective thread throughout much of Vlad’s research has been on the application of theoretical, conceptual, and methodological dimensions of economic geography, geographical economics, and geographical political economy to the real-world challenges of urban and regional growth and decline, development and de-development, shrinkage, and resilience in the context of chronic stress (e.g., de-industrialisation, out-migration, fertility decline) and sudden shock events (e.g., natural disasters, revolutions, wars).


As of 30 September 2023, according to Google Scholar, Vlad had 3,865 citations with an h-index score of 23. According to Scopus (Elsevier) his journal articles and books had been cited 1,589 times by other Scopus-listed journal articles, with an h-index score of 13. According to the Web of Science Core Collection (Clarivate), which refers only to citations of his WoS core collection-listed publications in other WoS-core-collection-listed journal articles, Vlad had been cited 1,398 times overall, with an h-index score of 13.

Based on the WoS Core Collection data, containing over 21K+ peer-reviewed scholarly journals and 134K+ books published worldwide in 254 subject categories across the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, Mykhnenko’s career-long overall citation percentile median currently stands at 89th percentile (i.e., top 11%). Moreover, within the WoS Core Collection during the period 2000-2023, Mykhnenko’s publications were ranked amongst the top 0.2% research outputs in Urban Studies most cited globally (#1,622/986,959 publications on the topic of ‘cities’ or ‘urban’, in total); and amongst the top 0.4% most cited on post-communist eastern Europe (#370/97,619 publications on the topic of ‘post-communist’ or ‘post-Soviet’ or ‘east* Europe*’). His research outputs are also currently ranked amongst the top 0.8% most cited publications in Geography, as a whole (#2,303/281,675, in total).

Grant income and funded research projects

Vlad has been successful in research project bids as the sole or principal investigator (PI) with the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe, the UKRI Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Brazil’s State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and a number of universities, charitable foundations, and private sector companies, including the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, the Central European University (CEU), the Global Strategic Communications Council (GSCC), the Open Society Institute (OSI), and Protiviti, Inc. In joint project bids, as a Co-Investigator (Co-I) or a Senior Staff Researcher, he has been successful with the UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the ESRC, the Regional Studies Association (RSA), the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the European Research Council (ERC), and The Republic of Kazakhstan National Centre of Science and Technology Evaluation (NCSTE).

Total research funding associated with his research is nominally valued at £6,196,204 (= £8,359,831, CPI-adjusted), with £1,482,004 (= £1,839,165, CPI-adjusted) as a Principal Investigator.


Over the past twenty years, Mykhnenko has taught and supervised undergraduate, graduate, and MBA students at ten different higher education institutions across the UK, Europe, and Central Asia, including the Universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Nottingham, Birmingham, Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, National University of Donetsk, Kyiv Mohyla Business School, Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraine Human Development University, and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University at Almaty. His commitment to research-led and research-orientated teaching was recognised in 2014, when Mykhnenko achieved the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and in 2015, when he was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Merit) by the University of Birmingham. The outcome of his award-winning 4-year pedagogical experimentation with technology-enhanced learning tools and techniques was consequently published as a peer-reviewed academic paper in The Journal of Geography in Higher Education (see here).

At Oxford, Mykhnenko makes a full contribution to the Department’s flagship MSc in Sustainable Urban Development (MSUD) Course, regularly contributing to its teaching weeks (modules) and co-leading Teaching Week M1 Introducing Sustainable Urban Development, and M6 Urbanism, Community and City-Building. Mykhnenko serves as a course admissions officer, a personal tutor to MSUD students, and regularly assesses their course assignments. In addition, since 2017, he has supervised 21 MSUD dissertation students.

Graduate Research Supervision

Mykhnenko usually welcomes applications to the DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development (DSUD) Programme from outstanding individuals wishing to undertake doctoral research on urban and regional economies; shrinking cities; urban resilience; local economic development; regional growth and regional policy; fiscal federalism, devolution, and local government finance; and territorial cohesion and contentious politics.

Current Oxford DPhil Students:

  • Linda Beyer, Household food insecurity and resilience in slum settlements of Nairobi, Kenya, DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development Programme, OUDCE
  • Rohan Kocharekar, Land value capture and municipal finance mechanisms, DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development Programme, OUDCE
  • Camilo Gomez Osorio, Economic geography of public investment management in African cities, DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development Programme, OUDCE
  • Oliver Harman, Local government finance and decentralisation in sub-Saharan Africa, DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development Programme, OUDCE

Past Doctoral Students:

  • Dr. Zixuan Han (successful completion in 2023), Policy responses to urban shrinkage in North-eastern China, the OUDCE Sustainable Urban Development Programme and PhD in Public Administration Programme, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • Dr. Bin Li (successful completion in 2017): Governance of urban redevelopment in Guangzhou, China from 1990 to 2015. The University of Birmingham
  • Dr. David Worrall (successful completion in 2011): Foreign trade developments in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus & Moldova, 1996-2006. The University of Glasgow

Academic Citizenship & Service

Since 2010, Mykhnenko has been making a structured contribution to the development of geography and urban and regional studies through participation in the leading learned societies – the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (Elected Fellow, 2010 - present) and the Regional Studies Association (Elected Fellow, 2015-2022), and the American Association of Geographers (ad hoc Associate Member). Within the RGS-IBG, he is a member of the following four research groups: Economic Geography; Geography and Education; Political Geography; and Urban Geography. Mykhnenko has contributed 16 paper presentations at the annual conferences of the RGS-IBG, RSA, and AAG. Moreover, he has convened 6 special panels of papers, including the RSA 2010 (After the Global Financial Crisis – Cities, Regions, and Sectors in East-Central Europe and the Former USSR); RSA 2011 (Shrinking Cities: The Governance of Shrinkage within a European Context); RGS-IBG 2011 (The Governance of Urban Shrinkage), RSA 2012 (Planning Smarter Cities and Regions), RGS-IBG 2012 (Planning Smarter Places), and AAG 2019 (Smart Shrinkage Solutions). He has also helped to organise the 1st International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience, hosted by the UCL Centre for Urban Sustainability & Resilience in 2012.

At Oxford, Mykhnenko has served as the Departmental Director of Graduate Studies for Postgraduate Research Students (DGS-R). In October 2021, he was appointed as Chair to the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development Examination Board at the University of Oxford for a two-year term of office.

6 Keynote Addresses

93 External Invited Talks

35 Academic Conference Papers Given

15 Internal Seminars and Public Lectures

Research Groups and Affiliations at Oxford:

Editorship of Journals:

External Examiner:

  • 2014 – 2018 (two full terms): MA in Urban Studies, The University of Manchester at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Russia
  • 2015 – 2019 (two full terms): BA in Management in the Creative Arts, The University of Manchester at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Russia

Peer-Review College Member for 10 Research Funding Bodies:

  • AHRC, The Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK Research and Innovation
  • The British Academy, Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants, UK
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Postdoctoral Programme PRIME, Germany
  • ESRC, The Economic and Social Research Council, UK Research and Innovation
  • GCRF, The Global Challenges Research Fund, UK
  • MRC, The Medical Research Council, UK Research and Innovation
  • NCN, National Science Centre, Poland
  • NCSTE, National Centre of Science and Technology Evaluation (Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science), Kazakhstan
  • SSHRC, The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada
  • UEFISCDI, The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation, Romania

Peer-Reviewing for 54 Academic Journals

Peer-Reviewing for 6 Academic Publishers


125 research outputs, including books, chapters in books, journal articles, published conference proceedings, working papers, research reports, digitised audio-visual media, website contents, and databases.


Chapters in Books:

  • (2003) State, society and protest under post-communism: Ukrainian miners and their defeat. In C. Mudde & P. Kopecký (Eds.), Uncivil Society? Contentious Politics in Eastern Europe (pp. 93-113). Routledge. 
  • (2007) Strengths and weaknesses of weak coordination: Economic institutions, revealed comparative advantages, and socio-economic performance of mixed market economies in Poland and Ukraine. In B. Hancké, M. Rhodes & M. Thatcher (Eds.), Beyond Varieties of Capitalism: Conflict, Contradictions, and Complementarities in the European Economy (pp. 351-378). Oxford University Press. 
  • (2007) The Ukrainian Donbas in transition. In A. Swain (Ed.), Re-constructing the Post-Soviet Industrial Region: The Donbas in Transition (pp. 7-46). Routledge. 
  • (2007) Poland and Ukraine: Institutional structures and economic performance. In D. Lane & M. Myant (Eds.), Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Communist Countries (pp. 124-145). Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • (2007) Back matter: Statistical appendix. In D. Lane & M. Myant (Eds.), Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Communist Countries (pp. 258-270). Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • (2009) Transition economies. In C. Wankel (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Business in Today’s World (Vol. 4, pp. 1613-1615). SAGE Publishing 
  • (2010) Introduction: A world turned right-way up. In K. Birch & V. Mykhnenko (Eds.), The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism: The Collapse of an Economic Order? (pp. 1-20). Zed Books. 
  • (2010) The Corruption industry and transition: Neoliberalizing post-Soviet space? In K. Birch & V. Mykhnenko (Eds.), The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism: The Collapse of an Economic Order? (pp. 112-132). Zed Books. 
  • (2010) Conclusion: The end of an economic order? In K. Birch & V. Mykhnenko (Eds.), The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism: The Collapse of an Economic Order? (pp. 255-268). Zed Books. 
  • (2010) Class voting and the Orange revolution: A cultural political economy perspective on Ukraine’s electoral geography. In S. White & D. Lane (Eds.), Rethinking the Coloured Revolutions (pp. 166-184). Routledge. 
  • (2016) Resilience: A Right-Wingers Ploy? In S. Springer, K. Birch & J. MacLeavy (Eds.), The Handbook of Neoliberalism (pp. 190-206) Routledge.  
  • (2017) 欧米諸国における都市縮小事情と国際的な比較研究の必要性. In Architectural Institute of Japan (Eds.), 都市縮小時代の土地利用計画 多様な都市空間創出へ向けた課題と対応策  (pp. 168-175) Gakugei Publishers.

Journal Articles:

  • (2008) Understanding Ukrainian Politics: Power, Politics, and Institutional Design. Europe-Asia Studies, 60(2): 340-342. 
  • (2007) Resurgent European cities? Merseyside and North Wales Business Prospect, 5(1): 32-33. 
  • (2007) Resurgent European cities? Population trajectories, 1960-2005. Examination of population growth rates - How do our cities compare? The Yorkshire & Humber Regional Review, 17: 3-5. 
  • (2008) Global Focus: European Cities. Australian Planner, 45(4): 50-51. 

Conference Proceedings:

  • Niemets, L.M., Baranovskyi, M.O., Bendnar, P., Holikov, A.P. … Mykhnenko, V. & others. (Eds.) (2018) Регіон – 2018: стратегія оптимального розвитку. Karazin Kharkiv National University Press. 374 pages.

Working Papers:

  • (2007) European Cities and Regions Dataset 1960-2005: Methods and Sources. Working Paper No. 3 (Amended version; 25 pp.). Glasgow: The University of Glasgow Centre for Public Policy for Regions.

Research Reports:

  • (2004) The Ukrainian Ferrous Metals Industry (3 pp.). The CEU Center for Policy Studies and Open Society Institute. 
  • (2009) The specification of the working model. D1 Research Report. Shrink Smart: The Governance of Shrinkage within a European Context (43 pp.). Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig 
  • (2010) Discussion Paper on Cross-Cutting Challenges. D7 Research Report. Shrink Smart: The Governance of Shrinkage within a European Context (32 pp.). Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig. 
  • (2010) Убывание в городах Донецк и Макеевка, Донецкая городская агломерация, Украина: Доклад по результатам исследования. (Final ed., 118 pp.). Industrial Economics Institute, Ukraine National Academy of Sciences. 
  • (2016) HABITAT III Policy Paper 9 – Urban Services and Technology. Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) Third session, Surabaya, Indonesia, 25-27 July 2016. A/CONF.226/PC.3/22. (Revised ed., 42 pp.). United Nations General Assembly. 
  • (2020) 3S RECIPE Smart shrinkage solutions: fostering resilient cities in inner peripheries of Europe. In JPI Urban Europe (Eds.), The ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures Results Catalogue (pp. 34-35). IQS Sweden. 
  • (2021) Smart Shrinkage Solutions: Saving Europe’s Cities with Proper Policy Analysis and Bold Interdisciplinary Approaches. St. Peter’s College Record 2021 (pp. 20-21). St. Peter’s College, Oxford.  

Newspaper Articles and Website Content:

  • (2022) Ukrainian Cities at WarThe Urban Political Podcast on Urban Theory, Research, and Activism by Ross Beveridge and Markus Kip. The Georg-Simmel-Center for Metropolitan Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. 

Digital Visual Media:

  • (2020) 3S RECIPE Project Films – YouTube Channel. Watch here.

Research Databases:

  • (2021). Smart Shrinkage Solutions: Fostering Resilient Cities in Inner Peripheries of Europe, 2017-2020. [Data Collection SN: 854628]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Service. DOI: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-854628