Professor of Human Geography
Department of Sociology and Human Geography, UiO
Michael Gentile is professor of human geography at the University of Oslo, associate editor of Eurasian Geography and Economics, and co-founder of the Cities After Transition research network. He is an expert on Central and Eastern European urban affairs, focusing on Ukraine, and has a growing side interest in authoritarian regimes’ use of conspiracy theories to advance strategic objectives. Over the past few years, he has been PI of NFR-funded project “Ukrainian geopolitical fault-line cities: Urban identities, geopolitics and urban policy.” Recent journal publications include contributions to International Affairs, Political Geography, Geopolitics and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
Cities, disinformation, conspiracy theories, Ukraine, Central and Eastern Europe.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS ON UKRAINE
- Torres-Adán, A. and M. Gentile (forthcoming), A least expected ally? Past-communists and Ukraine’s “European Choice”. Communist and Post-Communist Studies.
- Gentile, M. and M. Kragh (2022), The 2020 Belarusian presidential election and conspiracy theories in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, International Affairs 98(3): 973-994.
- Gentile, M. (2020), Diabolical suggestions: Disinformation and the curious scale of nationalism in Ukrainian geopolitical fault-line cities, Geopolitics, DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2020.1830766.
NFR (2018-2023): Ukrainian Geopolitical Fault-line Cities: Urban identities, geopolitics and urban policy (project number 287267).
Project database link.