Dr Vlad Mykhnenko FHEA, FeRSA

Dr Vlad Mykhnenko

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Human Geography (Urban Adaptation and Resilience)

Contact details

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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Vlad Mykhnenko is a scholar, committed to the advancement of geographical political economy, focussing on modern capitalist social formations as spatially uneven, highly variegated, and crisis-driven systems. His work is interdisciplinary, built upon the theoretical underpinnings, epistemological insights, and combining research methods of Economic Geography, Urban and Regional Studies, and Comparative Political Economy. Vlad explores the interrelationship between spatial imbalances in production and consumption, power inequalities, physical and material manifestations of urban growth and decline, and their impact upon sustainable territorial development and social cohesion.

He publishes 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, and Cities.

In recognition of Vlad’s world-leading expertise in sustainable urban development, in 2015 he was elected by the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (UN Habitat) to join a group of policy experts, globally tasked with drafting The New Urban Agenda. This outcome document, adopted by the United Nations Habitat III Conference in October 2016, 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.

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP), 2015: University of Birmingham, UK
  • PhD in Political Economy, 2005: Darwin College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • MA in International Relations and European Studies, 1999: Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • MA in International Relations, 1998: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
  • BA in International Relations, 1996: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

Biography

Vlad Mykhnenko studied International Relations and European Studies at Eastern Europe’s top universities - Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine) and Central European University in Budapest (Hungary), before graduating in 2005 with a PhD from Cambridge.

He then moved to a Research Fellowship at the Centre for Public Policy for Regions, University of Glasgow (2005-2008). After having won a major European Union’s 7th Framework programme research grant on the governance of shrinkage within a European context in 2009 (see Shrink Smart), Vlad joined the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham. In 2012, he was appointed Lecturer in Human Geography (Urban Adaptation & Resilience) at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UoB.

In 2014, Vlad held a Visiting Professorship at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty (Kazakhstan).

Teaching

Vlad has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at a number of universities both in the United Kingdom and continental Europe, including Kyiv Taras Shevchenko, Kyiv Mohyla Business School, Cambridge, Glasgow, and Nottingham.

He leads and/or contributes to the following research-led modules and teaching activities in the following topics:

  • Economic geography: cities and regions - (Undergraduate)
  • Dissertations - (Undergraduate)
  • Personal tutorials - (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
  • Theoretical themes for geographers (Postgraduate)
  • Doing human geography (Postgraduate)

Vlad’s teaching philosophy is focussed 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) tools and techniques and the results of newly-introduced TEL interventions in a lecture theatre are described in the following peer-reviewed pedagogical 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.

Postgraduate supervision

Current Doctoral Researchers:

  • Mohamad Rachmadian Narotama (The Government of Indonesia Scholarship) ‘Regional Development Strategies and Local Leadership in Indonesia’ (with John Round)
  • Bahtiar Rifai (The World Bank Scholarship Programme RISET-Pro No. 8245-ID) ‘Optimising cluster industry roles to accelerate regional economic development in Indonesia’ (with Emmanouil Tranos)
  • Abdullah Alhamoudi (The Saudi Government Scholarship) ‘City Development Management: Dammam City’ (with Peter Lee)
  • Bin Li (The Birmingham Li Siguang 李四光 PhD Scholarship) ‘Transition trap in urban regeneration: a case study in Guangzhou, China in the context of transition’ (with Lauren Andres and Phil Jones)

Completed PhDs

  • Mr. David Worrall, ‘Foreign trade developments in Ukraine, Russia,  Poland, Lithuania, Belarus & Moldova (1996-2006)’, Department of Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow.

Research

Vlad’s current research is focused on the following three subject areas:

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

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, Vlad has contributed to obtaining over £1,544,339 in research-related funding (actual contributions adjusted for inflation), thus helping to generate on average £165,442 annually in net research income (in 2016 prices) over the past 10 years. 

Vlad’s grants include:

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): £78,162 [FEC £96,757]. 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, fragmentantion and resilience. (No. 2015/50414-1): BRL 20,000 (£4551) UK Principal Investigator.

2015: Brazil Visiting Fellowships, the Brazil Travel Fund, College of Life and Environmental Sciences & the International Relations Office, 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 / £1,276,350 [FEC €1,989,173 / £1,697,009]. UK Principal Investigator.

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

2006-2008 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) Research Seminar Series 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 (£13,169). Principal Investigator.

2000: The Open Society Institute (Hungary) – Central European University Returning Student Research Funding. $700 (£482). 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.

Doctoral research

PhD title: The Political Economy of Post-communism: A Comparison of Upper Silesia (Poland) and the Donbas (Ukraine). Darwin College, University of Cambridge.

Published as Mykhnenko, V. (2011) The Political Economy of Post-Communism: The Donbas and Upper Silesia in Transition. Lambert, Saarbrücken. Available here.

Other activities

Vlad is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association.

He is co-ordinator of the Urban Shrinkage, Adaptation, and Resilience Initiative: a multi-disciplinary enterprise bringing together over 170 urban scholars, activists, and practitioners working on new ways and means of building resilient and resourceful cities - urban living environments capable of withstanding and successfully responding to the immediate shocks and long-standing effects of the economic depression, demographic shift, and human-induced climate change (urban-shrinkage-and-resilience@jiscmail.ac.uk).

Vlad has recently given key note addresses at the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe’s High Profile Event at the European Parliament and Committee of the Regions, Brussels (2015) and 20th Conference on Regional Development Research iRegions: Inspiration – Innovation – Improvement at  Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic (2013), and was invited internationally to give talks at GAsPERR (Grupo de Pesquisa Produção do Espaço e Redefinições Regionais), at the Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP Câmpus de Presidente Prudente, Brazil (2015 & 2016), Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia (2014), and The IWH - Halle Institute for Economic Research, Halle/Salle, Germany (2013).

Nationally, Vlad was recently invited to speak at the Universities of Newcastle (CURDS, 2016), the University of Birmingham Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Conference at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park (2016), and Aston Centre for Research into International Business jointly with The European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (2013).

Vlad is currently serving as Subject External Examiner (2014-2018) for the University of Manchester’s MA in Urban Studies and related Subjects at Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and Programme External Examiner (2015-2018) for the University of Manchester’s BA in Management in the Creative Arts at Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.

Publications

For the full list of publications, please, see Vlad's CV here.

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

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.

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-AnalysenNo.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.

Rink, D., Rumpel, P., Slach, O., Cortese, C., Violante, A., Bini, P. C., . . . 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.

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].

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.

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/lbn058Download 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. Download here.

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) Revolution in orange: the origins of Ukraine’s democratic breakthrough. Europe-Asia Studies, 60(5), 867-869. doi: 10.1080/09668130802085216

Mykhnenko, V. (2008) Understanding Ukrainian politics: power, politics, and institutional design. Europe-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.

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) Rescaling international political economy. Urban 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.