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 4th Doctoral School in Urban Geopolitics: 

Urban Perspectives

on the russian War in Ukraine

 October 9-12, 2022


The University of Oslo, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the City Institute (Lviv), in collaboration with partners of the Norwegian Research Council-funded UKRGEOPOL research project, are delighted to invite doctoral candidates to the Urban Perspectives on the Russian War in Ukraine Doctoral School

The event will be held in English and Ukrainian. Sufficient knowledge of English is thus essential for participation

The event comprises a series of lectures, panel discussions (on “IDPs in the city” and “Life in the occupied cities”) as well as a practical task

The practical task will explore topics related to post-war urban repopulation and reconstruction 

A field trip to Sykhiv, the biggest housing estate in Lviv from the 1970-80s will be included

12 fully funded places are available: free accommodation in shared twin rooms, breakfasts and lunches, a welcome dinner, and travel costs up to UAH 1600 (ca EUR 40)

  Deadline: September 29, 2022

  Notification of acceptance:

  September 30, 2022

Confirmed speakers and panelists:


Please apply here:


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Michael Gentile, Prof., University of Oslo

Eugenia Kuznetsova, Dr., Kyiv School of Economics

Anton Kolomieitsev, Chief Architect of Lviv

Tetiana Zhuk, journalist, "Skhidnyi Variant", Donetsk

Olena Denysenko, Dr., Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Ángel Torres-Adán, Dr., Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Kostyantyn Mezentsev, Prof., Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Diana Berg, Mariupol Art-Platform "Tiu"

Grygorii Pidgrushnyi, Prof., Institute of Geography, Kyiv

Ihor Pylypenko, Prof., Kherson State University



 3rd Doctoral School in Urban Geopolitics: 

Cities, Identities and Spaces of Information

 September 15 - October 29, 2021

 virtual space 

Seminar 1 

Identity construction and negotiation in Ukraine: between official informal and invisible narratives 

Dr. Abel Polese (Dublin City University) 

Moderator: Dr. Sven Daniel Wolfe (University of Lausanne) 

Seminar 2 

The Role of Disinformation and Conspiracy Theories in Russian Security Thinking  

Dr. Martin Kragh (Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Uppsala University)  

Moderator: Dr. Eugenia Kuznetsova (Kyiv School of Economics)


Seminar 3

The (post)industrial town: Urban identity between 'local' and 'global' 

 Dr. Nadir Kinossian (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography)

Moderator: Prof. Michael Gentile (University of Oslo)


Seminar 4

Dealing with the Uneasy Past: Mediated Memory and Urban Activism in Kharkiv

  Dr. Ivan Kozachenko (Jagiellonian University in Kraków) 

 Moderator: Prof. Oleksii Musiezdov (V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University)


Seminar 5

 Renaming and Reclaiming Urban Spaces. Decommunization of Urban Identities in Ukraine

 Dr. Valeria Lazarenko (Cedos, NGO Centre for Society Research)  

 Moderator: Dr. Oleksii Gnatiuk (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) 

Seminar 6

 Performing nation and its emplacements: re-assessing citizenship in post-1991 Ukraine

 Dr. Valeria Korablyova (Charles University in Prague)  

 Moderator: Prof. Kostyantyn Mezentsev (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) 

Seminar 7

 Discussions on Donbas cities after 2014:  role of industrial heritage

 Dr. Iryna Sklokina (Center for Urban History)  

 Moderator: Dr. Olena Denysenko (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) 




2nd Doctoral School in Urban Geopolitics: 

Life in geopolitical falt-line cities

September 28 - October 10, 2020

virtual space

Organisers: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the University of Oslo, in collaboration with partners of the Norwegian Research Council-funded UKRGEOPOL research project. It took place over four days - "Days of Urban Geopolitics" and a virtual field trip to Dnipro, the city which was originally supposed to host this Doctoral School event. Within the scope of the Doctoral Scool, participants gained insights into socio-spatial polarization, identity, and IDP-related issues in cities.

Lecture: IDPs in post-Soviet cities – the case of Georgia

Prof. Joseph Salukvadze, Tbilisi State University 

Lecture: IDPs and the media in geopolitical fault-line cities

Dr. Eugenia Kuznetsova, Kyiv School of Economics

Lecture: Not even past: contested urban memories of Ukraine`s unresolved conflict

Dr. Tatiana Zhurzhenko, University of Vienna

Virtual fieldtrip “Encounters in fault-line cities – getting a sense of Dnipro”

guided by Prof. Kostyantyn Mezentsev, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Discussant: Dr. Sven Daniel Wolfe, University of Lausanne

Lecture: The causes and consequences of the war in eastern Ukraine: An economic geography perspective

Dr. Vlad Mykhnenko, University of Oxford




First International Doctoral Summer School in Urban Geopolitics: 

Urban Identities, Geopolitics and Urban Policy

6-9 June 2019, Kharkiv


The Doctoral School provided an open and informal atmosphere for mutual exchange among young scientists and distinguished senior researchers, followed by a field trip to the twin cities of Kramatorsk and Slovyansk, located in the Ukrainian government-controlled area of the Donbas. There was intense, productive, interdisciplinary and international dialogue and learning at the intersection of urban identities, geopolitics and urban policy  

Opening, welcome speeches by Vice-Rector Prof. Anton V. Panteleimonov and Head of the hosting department Prof. Liudmyla Nemets



Lecture: Urban geopolitics

Dr. Sven Daniel Wolfe, University of Lausanne

Lecture: Geopolitical fault-line cities

Prof. Michael Gentile, University of Oslo


Lecture: Urban fences, Europeanness and urban identity

Prof. Kostyantyn Mezentsev, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv 

Lecture: Urban identities in south-eastern Ukrainian cities: the case of Kharkiv

Prof. Oleksiy Musiyezdov, V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University

Lecture: Comparing conflicts at the edges of the metropole

Prof. Taras Kuzio, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy & Johns Hopkins University

Lecture: Countering misinformation and disinformation

Dr. Evgenia Kuznetsova, Kyiv School of Economics 

Discussion of and feedback on PhD students' work with Prof. Gentile, Prof. Kuzio, Dr. Kuznetsova, Dr. Wolfe and Prof. Mezentsev

Full-day field trip to the Donbas (Kramatorsk/Sloviansk) 

Field day in Kharkiv

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