Dr Vlad Mykhnenko

Associate Professor of Sustainable Urban Development, Fellow of St. Peter’s College

Biography

Vlad Mykhnenko was educated at the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv for his BA (1996) and MA in International Relations (1998), and at the Central European University, Budapest, for his MA (1999) in International Relations and European Studies. He was then awarded an Open Society Foundation – Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholarship to read for a PhD in Political Economy at the University of Cambridge (Darwin College), completed in 2005. From 2003-2004 Vlad was an International Policy Fellow at the CEU Centre for Policy Studies in Budapest, Hungary. In February 2005, he took up the post of Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy for Regions, Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow, where he remained until October 2008, before moving to the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham. In January 2012, Vlad was appointed Lecturer in Human Geography (Urban Adaptation and Resilience) in the School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, where he obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2015). In 2014, he served as a Visiting Professor at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty (Kazakhstan).

Vlad joined the University of Oxford in January 2017 to take up an Associate Professorship in Sustainable Urban Development at the Department for Continuing Education.

He is a Fellow of St. Peter’s College and of the Regional Studies Association.

Teaching

Vlad has taught undergraduate and graduate students in England, Kazakhstan, Scotland, and Ukraine, including the Universities of Kyiv (Taras Shevchenko), Kyiv Mohyla Business School, Cambridge, Glasgow, Nottingham, Birmingham, and Almaty (KazNU).

At Oxford, he will be teaching on the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development and supervising on the DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development.

Vlad is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. His teaching philosophy is focused on active learning, using a variety of methods to encourage discussion and interaction on the issues the course present. His application of technology-enhanced learning (TEL) techniques and methods and the results of newly-introduced TEL interventions in a lecture theatre are described in the following publication:

Mykhnenko, V. (2016) Cui bono? On the relative merits of technology enhanced learning and teaching in higher education. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Online First, 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2016.1217832. Download here.

Vlad is currently serving as an External Examiner (2014-2018) for the University of Manchester’s MA programme in Urban Studies at The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES). He is also an External Examiner (2015-2018) for the University of Manchester’s BA programme in Management in the Creative Arts at the MSSES.

Research interests

Vlad’s research is dedicated to the advancement of geographical political economy – a study of modern capitalist social formations understood as highly dynamic and innovative, but spatially uneven, variegated, crisis-driven systems. His work is interdisciplinary, built upon the theoretical underpinnings, epistemological insights, and combining research methods of Comparative Political Economy, Economic Geography, and Urban and Regional Economics. He has published in leading journals in Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Public Administration, and Urban Studies, including the Journal of Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, European Urban and Regional Studies, Cities.

Major research foci include the interrelationship between spatial imbalances in production and consumption, physical and material manifestations of urban growth and decline, state power inequalities, and their impact upon economic development, territorial, social, and political cohesion in emerging market economies, post-communist transition economies, and high-income industrially-advanced OECD countries.

His current research covers the following themes:

  • Urban and regional economies: urban shrinkage, structural adjustment, and economic resilience; de-industrialisation, re-industrialisation, and the urban knowledge-based economy.
  • Sustainable urban development: the social production of urban space; global political economy and the re-scaling of housing markets (Brazil); public policy and shrinking cities (China, Europe, Japan); urban resilience to sudden shocks (Ukraine).
  • Regional growth and territorial cohesion: economic convergence and divergence; the spatial distribution of national income, local government finance, and fiscal federalism; regional governance, state re-scaling, and territorial cohesion.

Most recently, Vlad gave key note addresses to the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe’s High Profile Event at the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions in Brussels (2015), and to the 20th Conference on Regional Development Research at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, the Czech Republic (2013). His recent international invitations include talks at GAsPERR (Grupo de Pesquisa Produção do Espaço e Redefinições Regionais), Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP Câmpus de Presidente Prudente, Brazil (2015 and  2016); Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia (2014); and The IWH - Halle Institute for Economic Research, Halle, Germany (2013). Nationally, Vlad was invited to speak at the University of Newcastle Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (2016), the University of Birmingham Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies (Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, 2016), and the Aston Centre for Research into International Business, jointly with The European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (2013).

Policy impact

In 2015, Vlad was elected by the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (UN Habitat) to join a group of chief policy experts, globally tasked with drafting the New Urban Agenda. His policy unit paper on urban services and technology was later approved by the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Habitat III conference, forming an integral part of The New Urban Agenda – the final outcome document adopted by the United Nations in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. This key international policy document sets global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development and rethinks the way we build, manage, and live in cities. It will guide the efforts around urbanisation of a wide range of actors — nation states, city and regional leaders, international development funders, United Nations programmes, and civil society — for the next 20 years, extending its impact far into the future.

Research funding

Vlad’s research has been funded by the Research Councils UK (the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council), the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7 - Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities), Brazil’s State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and a number of universities and charitable foundations, including the Open Society Institute (OSI), the Regional Studies Association (RSA), the Central European University, and the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham.

Overall, serving as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator, he has contributed to obtaining £3,056,773 in research-related funding (as actual cash contributions adjusted for inflation), or £4,156,326 in full economic costing terms (fEC in 2016 prices) as follows:

2017-2020: JPI Urban Europe ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) Consortium:  Smart Shrinkage Solutions - Fostering Resilient Cities in Inner Peripheries of Europe 3S RECIPE. (Grant Ref: ES/R000352/1): €1,688,585 [€1,923,704 fEC]. Principal Investigator and Project Manager.

2016-2018: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, UK) Development Grant - PaCCS Innovation Awards on Conflict and International development: Ukraine's hidden tragedy: understanding the outcomes of population displacement from the country's war-torn regions (Ref AH/P008305/1): £ 79,149 [£97,981 fEC]. Co-Investigator.

2016: FAPESP – The State of São Paulo Research Foundation (Brazil) Research Mobility Award on Socio spatial inequalities: a debate around the concepts of exclusion, segregation, fragmentation and resilience. (No. 2015/50414-1): BRL 20,000. UK Principal Investigator.

2015: Brazil Visiting Fellowships: the University of Birmingham’s Brazil Travel Fund and the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. £4362. Joint Applicant.

2009-2012: The European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities) Collaborative Research Project Shrink Smart- Governance of Shrinkage within a European Context (FP7-SSH-CT-2009-225193): €1,496,092 [€1,989,173 fEC]. UK Principal Investigator.

2009-2011: The Regional Studies Association Research Network on Varieties of Neoliberalism and Alternative Regional and Urban Strategies. £3000. Co-Investigator.

2006-2008 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) Research Seminar Series on Neoliberalism, Anti-Neoliberalism and De-Ideologisation (RES-451-25-4258). £14,968. Co-Investigator.

2003-2004: Open Society Foundations (USA), International Policy Fellowships Rusting Away? Steel Politics in Post-Communist States (No. B9158): US$20,753. Principal Investigator.

2000: The Open Society Institute (Hungary) – Central European University Returning Student Research Funding. US$700. Doctoral Researcher.

2000: The Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, Fieldwork Grant. £330. Doctoral Researcher.

1999: Darwin College Research Travel Bursary, University of Cambridge. £200. Doctoral Researcher.

Publications

Mykhnenko, V. (2016) Resilience: a right-wingers’ ploy? In S. Springer, K. Birch & J. MacLeavy (Eds), The Handbook of Neoliberalism (pp. 190-206). Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138844001.

Mykhnenko, V. (2016) Cui bono? On the relative merits of technology enhanced learning and teaching in higher education. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Online First, 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2016.1217832. Download here.

Policy Unit 9. (2016) 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.). New York: United Nationals General Assembly. Download here.

Haase, A., Bernt, M., Großmann, K., Mykhnenko, V., and Rink, D. (2016) Varieties of shrinkage in European cities. European Urban and Regional Studies, 23(1), 86-102. doi:10.1177/0969776413481985. Download here.

Mykhnenko, V. (2015). Die ökonomische Bedeutung des ukrainischen Donbass. Ukraine-Analysen, No.147 (March), pp. 2-12. [The economic importance of the Ukrainian Donbas. In German] Download here.

Haase, A., Rink, D., Grossmann, K., Bernt, M. & Mykhnenko, V. (2014) Conceptualizing urban shrinkage. Environment and Planning A, 46(7), 1519-1534.  doi: 10.1068/a46269. Download here.

Birch, K. & Mykhnenko, V. (2014) Lisbonizing versus financializing Europe? The Lisbon Agenda and the (un-)making of the European knowledge-based economy. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 32(1), 108-128. doi:10.1068/c1246r. Download here.

Grossmann, K., Bontje, M., Haase, A. & Mykhnenko, V. (2013) Shrinking cities: notes for the further research agenda. Cities, 35(December), 221-225. doi:10.1016/j.cities.2013.07.007. Download here.

Mykhnenko, V. (2013) Die räumliche Differenzierung der ukrainischen Wirtschaft. Die regionale Ebene. Ukraine-Analysen (111), 2-9. [The spatial differentiation of the Ukrainian economy. The regional problem. In German]. Download here.

Кин Берч и Влад Михњенко (2012) Успон и пад неолиберализма: крај једног економског поретка? Београд: Завод за уџбенике. 325 pp. ISBN:978-8617179241 (paperback). [The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism: The Collapse of an Economic Order? In Serbian].

Mykhnenko, V., Soldak, M., Kuzmenko, L., & Haase, A. (2012) Schrumpfende Ukraine: Bevölkerungsentwicklung und dilemmata der politik. Ukraine-Analysen (105), 2-14. [Shrinking Ukraine: population change and policy dilemmas. In German]. Download here.

Mykhnenko, V., Padvalkava, K., Kuzmenko, L., Soldak, M., & Myedvyedyev, D. (2012) The governance of shrinkage in Donetsk and Makiivka (Ukraine): the case of local government finance. Shrink Smart: The Governance of Shrinkage within a European Context (Revised ed., 118 pp.). Birmingham: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. Download here.

Rink, D., Rumpel, P., Slach, O., Cortese, C., Violante, A., Bini, P. C., Haase, A., Mykhnenko, V., Nadolu, B., Couch, C., Cocks, M. & Krzysztofik, R. (2012) Governance of shrinkage: lessons learnt from analysis for urban planning and policy. Shrink Smart: The Governance of Shrinkage within a European Context (47 pp.). Leipzig: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig. Download here.

Mykhnenko, V. (2011) The Political Economy of Post-Communism: The Donbas and Upper Silesia in Transition. Saarbrücken: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. 244 pp. ISBN: 978-3845409344.

Mykhnenko, V., & Swain, A. (2010) Ukraine's diverging space-economy: the Orange revolution, post-soviet development models and regional trajectories.European Urban and Regional Studies, 17(2), 141-165. doi: 10.1177/0969776409357363 Download here.

Михненко, В. (2010) Неолібералізм в містах: множинність проявів та можливі альтернативи. Спільне: журнал соціальної критики, 2 (Листопад), 18-21. [Neoliberalism in cities: a multitude of manifestations and possible alternatives. In Ukrainian]. Download here.

Birch, K., & Mykhnenko, V. (Eds.). (2010) The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism: The Collapse of an Economic Order? London; New York: Zed Books. 288 pp. ISBN: 978-1848133495 (paperback). ISBN: 978-1848133488 (hardcover).

Reprinted as: Birch, K., & Mykhnenko, V. (Eds.). (2010) The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism: The Collapse of an Economic Order? (India ed.). Bangalore, India: Books for Change. 288 pp. ISBN: 978-8182910900.

Birch, K., & Mykhnenko, V. (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). London; New York: Zed Books.

Swain, A., Mykhnenko, V., & French, S. (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). London; New York: Zed Books.

Mykhnenko, V., & Birch, K. (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). London; New York: Zed Books.

Михненко, В., Кузьменко, Л., & Медведев, Д. (2010) Убывание в городах Донецк и Макеевка, Донецкая городская агломерация, Украина: Доклад по результатам исследования. Разумное убывание: Управление убыванием в Европейском контексте (Авторизированный перевод с английского языка, 118 стр.). Донецк: Институт экономики промышленности Нaциональной академии наук Украины. [Urban shrinkage in Donetsk and Makiïvka, the Donetsk conurbation, Ukraine. In Russian]. Download here.

Mykhnenko, V., Myedvyedyev, D., & Kuzmenko, L. (2010) Urban shrinkage in Donetsk and Makiïvka, the Donetsk conurbation, Ukraine. Shrink Smart: The Governance of Shrinkage within a European Context (Final ed., 81 pp.). Nottingham: School of Geography, University of Nottingham. Download here.

Mykhnenko, V. (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). London; New York: Routledge.

Birch, K., & Mykhnenko, V. (2009) Varieties of neoliberalism? Restructuring in large industrially dependent regions across Western and Eastern Europe.Journal of Economic Geography, 9(3), 355-380. doi: 10.1093/jeg/lbn058. Download here.

Mykhnenko, V. (2009) Class voting and the Orange revolution: a cultural political economy perspective on Ukraine’s electoral geography. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 25(2-3), 278-296. doi: 10.1080/13523270902860626 Download here.

Mykhnenko, V. (2009) Transition economies. In C. Wankel (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World (Vol. 4, pp. 1613-1615). Thousand Oaks: SAGE.

Mykhnenko, V., & Turok, I. (2008) East European cities - patterns of growth and decline, 1960-2005. International Planning Studies, 13(4), 311-342. doi: 10.1080/13563470802518958 Download here.

Turok, I., & Mykhnenko, V. (2008) The shifting fortunes of European cities.Town & Country Planning, 77(7/8), 319-322. Download here.

Turok, I., & Mykhnenko, V. (2008) Resurgent European cities? Urban Research & Practice, 1(1), 54-77. doi: 10.1080/17535060701795363 Download here.

Mykhnenko, V. (2008) Review of Revolution in orange: the origins of Ukraine’s democratic breakthroughEurope-Asia Studies, 60(5), 867-869. doi: 10.1080/09668130802085216

Mykhnenko, V. (2008) Review of Understanding Ukrainian politics: power, politics, and institutional designEurope-Asia Studies, 60(2), 340-342. doi: 10.1080/09668130701820267

Turok, I., & Mykhnenko, V. (2007) Resurgent European cities? Merseyside and North Wales Business Prospect, 5(1), 32-33.

Turok, I., & Mykhnenko, V. (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.

Turok, I., & Mykhnenko, V. (2007) The trajectories of European cities, 1960 - 2005. Cities, 24(3), 165-182. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2007.01.007. Download here.

Mykhnenko, V. (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: Oxford University Press. Download here.

Mykhnenko, V. (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). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mykhnenko, V. (2007) Statistical appendix. In D. Lane & M. Myant (Eds.), Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Communist Countries (pp. 258-270). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Swain, A., & Mykhnenko, V. (2007) The Ukrainian Donbas in 'transition'. In A. Swain (Ed.), Re-constructing the Post-Soviet Industrial Region: The Donbas in Transition (pp. 7-46). London; New York: Routledge.

Mykhnenko, V. (2005) Review of Rescaling international political economyUrban Studies, 43(11), 2126-2127. doi: 10.1080/00420980600945278

Mykhnenko, V. (2005) What type of capitalism in post-communist Europe?Actes du GERPISA, 39(December), 83-112. Download here.

Mykhnenko, V. (2004) Ukrainian steel: vulnerable overseas, weak at home. Steel Times International, 28(7), 54-57.

Mykhnenko, V. (2004) The Ukrainian Ferrous Metals Industry (3 pp.). Budapest: The Central European University Center for Policy Studies and Open Society Institute.

Mykhnenko, V. (2004) The Ukrainian Ferrous Metals Industry: Settling Old Problems, Facing New Challenges. CPS International Policy Fellowship Program (8 pp.). Budapest: The Central European University Center for Policy Studies and Open Society Institute.

Mykhnenko, V. (2004) Rusting Away? The Ukrainian Iron and Steel Industry in Transition. CPS International Policy Fellowship Program (55 pp.). Budapest: The Central European University Center for Policy Studies and Open Society Institute. Download here.

Mykhnenko, V. (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). London; New York: Routledge.

Vlad's bibliometric index is available from Google Scholar Citations here.