Professor in International Relations Theory
BA University of Hull
MscEcon University of Wales, Aberystwyth
PhD University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Phone: +44 (0)1970 628639
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622709
Milja Kurki joined the department in September 2006 from the University of Exeter. Her areas of interest encompass international relations theory, philosophy of science, causation, democracy promotion, democratic theory and political economy. Between 2008 and 2012 she acted as the Principal Investigator of a major research project 'Political Economies of Democratisation' funded by the European Research Council. She edits the journal International Relations and is a member of the editorial board of the Review of International Studies.
Milja Kurki’s current work is focused on the analysis of the conceptual underpinnings of democracy promotion as well as on interrogation of the 'knowledge practices' of development donors and global governance actors. The research project which she led between 2008 and 2012 (‘Political Economies of Democratisation’, European Research Council) analysed the politico-economic models of democracy advocated by democracy promotion agencies and the consequences of democracy promoters’ conceptual frameworks for the practices and power relations involved in democracy promotion. Her PhD research was focused on reinterpreting the meaning and nature of causal analysis in International Relations theory, and she continues to be interested in the interrogation of the role of philosophy of science in social science research.
IP33020 Critical Theories
IP31220 Gender Politics: Perspectives and Debates
IP36620 Democracy Promotion in World Politics
IP30120 International Political Theory Today
IPM0530 International Politics 1: Theories and Concepts
International Relations Theory
Democratisation, Democracy Promotion and Good Governance
Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences
Critical Social Theory
Causality, Democracy Support and the Cult of the Factish Gods. Journal of International Relations and Development 10.1057/jird.2016.122016.
International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity. 4th editionth edn, Oxford University Press(eds) 2016.
Cosmetic agreements and the cracks beneath: ideological convergences and divergences in US and EU democracy promotion in civil society. Cambridge Review of International Affairs 28 (1) pp. 55-74. 10.1080/09557571.2014.9026532015.
Political Economy Perspective: Fuzzy Liberalism and EU Democracy Promotion: Why Concepts Matter. In A. Wetzel, J. Orbie (eds), The Substance of EU Democracy Promotion: Concepts and Cases. Governance and Limited Statehood Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke pp. 35-46.2015.
Stretching Situated Knowledge: From Standpoint Epistemology to Cosmology and Back Again. Millennium: Journal of International Studies Millennium: Critical Journal of International Relations 43 (3) pp. 779. 10.1177/0305829815583322 Other2015.
Democracy Promotion: A Critical Introduction. Intervention Taylor & Francis, Abingdon2014.
Revisiting politico-economic models of democracy in democracy promotion. International Studies Perspectives 15 (2) pp. 121-141. 10.1111/j.1528-3585.2012.00512.x2014.
Democratic Futures: Revisioning democracy promotion. Interventions Taylor & Francis2013.
International Relations Theories. 3rdth edn, Oxford University Press(eds) 2013.
International Relations and Social Science. In T. Dunne, M. Kurki, S. Smith (eds), International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity. 3rdth edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford pp. 14-35.2013.
Liberal democracy: its multiple meanings in United States democracy promotion. In M. Kurki (ed), Democratic Futures: Re-Visioning Democracy Promotion. Interventions Taylor & Francis, Abingdon pp. 121-145.2013.
Locating the normative within economic science: towards the analysis of hidden discourses of democracy in international politics. Journal of International Relations and Development 16 (1) pp. 55-81. 10.1057/jird.2012.8 Cadair2013.
Democracy promotion and crisis of democracy in the West. Other2012.
How the EU can adopt a new type of democracy support. Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior, Madrid Other2012.
The Limitations of the Critical Edge: Reflections on Critical and Philosophical IR Scholarship Today. Millennium: Journal of International Studies Millennium: Critical Journal of International Relations 40 (1) pp. 129-146. 10.1177/0305829811411997 Cadair2012.
Towards the politics of causal explanation: a reply to the critics of causal inquiries. International Theory 4 (3) pp. 400-429. 10.1017/S17529719120001272012.
Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion. Democratization Studies Taylor & Francis(eds) 2011.
Conclusion: Reflections on a New Approach in a New Era of Democracy Promotion. In C. Hobson, M. Kurki (eds), The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion. Taylor & Francis2011.
Democracy through technocracy? Reflections on technocratic assumptions in EU democracy promotion discourse. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 5 (2) pp. 211-234. 10.1080/17502977.2011.566482 Cadair Cadair2011.
Governmentality and EU Democracy Promotion: The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights and the Construction of Democratic Civil Societies. International Political Sociology 5 (4) pp. 349-366. 10.1111/j.1749-5687.2011.00139.x Cadair2011.
Human rights and democracy promotion: reflections on the contestation in, and the politico-economic dynamics of, rights promotion. Third World Quarterly 32 (9) pp. 1573-1587. 10.1080/01436597.2011.619848 Cadair2011.
Introduction: Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion. The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion. Taylor & Francis2011.
Critical realism and analysis of democratisation: does philosophy of science matter. In J. Joseph, C. Wight (eds), Scientific Realism and International Relations. pp. 129-146.2010.
Hidden in plain sight: Constructivist treatment of social context and its limitations. International Politics 47 (1) pp. 1-25. 10.1057/ip.2009.292010.
Kansainvaliset suhteet, maailmankuvat ja tieteenalakohtaiset kontekstit: ajatuksia teorianvalinnoista. Kosmopolis 40 (2) pp. 55-65. Cadair2010.
Democracy and Democracy Support: a New Era. Other2009.
Introduction to the annual convention on "Bridging Multiple Divides". International Relations 23 (1) pp. 117-118. 10.1177/00471178081043072009.
Karl Marx. In J. Edkins, N. Vaughan-Williams (eds), Critical Theorists and International Relations. 1st edn, Taylor & Francis pp. 246-250.2009.
Roy Bhaskar. In J. Edkins, N. Vaughan-Williams (eds), Critical Theorists and International Relations. Interventions Taylor & Francis pp. 89-101.2009.
The Politics of the Philosophy of Science. International Theory 1 (3) pp. 440-454. 10.1017/S17529719099901572009.
Causation in International Relations: Reclaiming Causal Analysis. Cambridge Studies in International Relations 1st edn, Cambridge University Press2008.
Critical realism and causal analysis in international relations. Millennium: Journal of International Studies Millennium: Critical Journal of International Relations 35 pp. 361-378. 10.1177/03058298070350021501 Cadair Other2007.
Steve Fuller, Kuhn vs. Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science (New York: Columbia University Press, 1995), 160 pp., $24.50, ISBN 0 231 13428 2 (boards). History of Political Thought 26 (3) pp. 556-557.2005.