Prof Milja Kurki BA University of Hull; MscEcon University of Wales, Aberystwyth; PhD University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Prof Milja Kurki

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Milja Kurki joined the department in September 2006 from the University of Exeter. Her areas of interest are international relations theory, philosophy of science, democracy and democracy promotion, critical theory and more recently scientific cosmology, social-natural science nexus and posthumanism. 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 is a co-editor of the journal International Relations and an Institute Director of Research in the Institute of Geography, History, Politics and Psychology.

Teaching

Research

Milja Kurki's research is focused on theoretical and conceptual study of international politics but she is also interested in exploration of the policy implications of conceptual issues. Her PhD was focused on the analysis of the meaning of causality in IR scholarship. She then led a major ERC project on the conceptual foundations of democracy promotion practices between 2008 and 2012, a project which involved extensive policy engagement. Currently, she works in two areas: 1. interrogation of the 'knowledge practices' of development donors and global governance actors and the political implications of how they seek to 'know'; and 2. research at the intersection of natural and social sciences on cosmology and international relations.

Office Hours (Student contact times)

  • Monday 4.30-5.30
  • Friday 2.30-3.30

Publications

2018

Kurki, M. 2018. The Contested Ethics of Democracy Promotion. The Oxford Handbook of International Political Theory. Oxford University Press

2017

Kurki, M. 2017. Causality, Democracy Support, and the Cult of the Factish Gods. Journal of International Relations and Development 20 (4) pp. 760-781. 10.1057/jird.2016.12 Cadair

Kurki, M. 2017 (In press). Relating to relational worlds: Critical theory, relational thought and relational cosmology. In J. Edkins. (ed) Routledge Handbook of Critical International Relations. Taylor & Francis

Kurki, M., Joseph, J. 2017 (In press). The Limits of Practice: Why Realism Can Complement IR’s Practice Turn. International Theory

Booth, K., Kurki, M. 2017. Editors’ introduction: Rethinking International Relations – again. International Relations 31 (1) pp. 68-70. 10.1177/0047117817690568 Cadair

Kurki, M. 2017. Grading States and Global Governance: A Discussion of Alexander Cooley and Jack Snyder Ranking the World: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance. Perspectives on Politics 15 (1) pp. 163-164. 10.1017/S153759271600428X Cadair

2016

Bridoux, J., Kurki, M. 2016. Cosmetic agreements and the cracks beneath: ideological convergences and divergences in US and EU's democracy promotion in civil society. In J. Orbie., A. Wetzel., F. Bossuyt. (eds) Comparative Perspectives on EU Democracy Promotion. Taylor & Francis Cadair

Dunne, T.J., Smith, S., Kurki, M. 2016. International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity. 4th editionth edn, Oxford University Press Cadair

2015

Kurki, M. 2015. Stretching Situated Knowledge: From Standpoint Epistemology to Cosmology and Back Again. Millennium: Journal of International Studies 43 (3) pp. 779. 10.1177/0305829815583322 Other Cadair

Kurki, M. 2015. 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 Springer Nature, Basingstoke pp. 35-46. Cadair

Bridoux, J., Kurki, M. 2015. 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. 10.1080/09557571.2014.902653 Cadair

2014

Kurki, M. 2014. Politico-Economic Models of Democracy in Democracy Promotion. International Studies Perspectives 15 (2) pp. 121-141. 10.1111/j.1528-3585.2012.00512.x Cadair

Bridoux, J., Kurki, M.H. 2014. Democracy Promotion: A Critical Introduction. Intervention Taylor & Francis, Abingdon Cadair

2013

Hobson, C., Kurki, M. 2013. Democracy promotion as a practice of liberal world order. In T. Dunne., T. Flockhart. (eds) Liberal World Orders. Proceedings of the British Academy , no. 190 Oxford University Press, Oxford Cadair

Kurki, M. 2013. Introductory notes. International Relations 27 (2) pp. 226-227. 10.1177/0047117813489655 Other Cadair

Kurki, M. 2013. Democracy and world order: reflections on critical scholarship today. International Relations 27 (2) pp. 253-257. 10.1177/0047117813489655e Other Cadair

Dunne, T.J., Kurki, M., Smith, S.Dunne, T.J., Kurki, M., Smith, S. 2013. International Relations Theories. 3rd edn, Oxford University Press Cadair

Kurki, M., Wight, C. 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. Cadair

Kurki, M. 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 Cadair

Bridoux, J., Kurki, M. 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. Cadair

2012

Kurki, M. 2012. Democratic Futures: Re-Visioning Democracy Promotion. Interventions Taylor & Francis 10.4324/9780203073131 Cadair

Kurki, M., Suganami, H. 2012. Towards the politics of causal explanation: a reply to the critics of causal inquiries. International Theory 4 (3) pp. 400-429. 10.1017/S1752971912000127 Cadair

Kurki, M. 2012. The Limitations of the Critical Edge: Reflections on Critical and Philosophical IR Scholarship Today. Millennium: Journal of International Studies 40 (1) pp. 129-146. 10.1177/0305829811411997 Cadair

Hobson, C.E., Kurki, M., Bridoux, J. 2012. Rethinking Democracy Support. Cadair Other

Kurki, M. 2012. How the EU can adopt a new type of democracy support. Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior, Madrid Other Cadair

Kurki, M. 2012. Democracy promotion and crisis of democracy in the West. Other Cadair

2011

Kurki, M. 2011. 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 Cadair

Kurki, M. 2011. 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 Cadair

Kurki, M., Hobson, C., Whitehead, L., Jahn, B., Ish-Shalom, P., Patomaki, H., Youngs, R., Wolff, J., Crawford, C., Abdulai, A., Bunce, V., Wolchik, S., Sadiki, L., Charlesworth, H., Smith, T.Hobson, C., Kurki, M. 2011. Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion. Democratization Studies Taylor & Francis Cadair

Hobson, C., Kurki, M. 2011. Introduction: Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion. The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion. Taylor & Francis Cadair

Hobson, C., Kurki, M. 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 & Francis Cadair

Kurki, M. 2011. 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 Cadair

2010

Kurki, M. 2010. Democracy and Conceptual Contestability: Reconsidering Conceptions of Democracy in Democracy Promotion. International Studies Review 12 (3) pp. 362-386. 10.1111/j.1468-2486.2010.00943.x Cadair

Kurki, M.H. 2010. 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. Cadair

Kurki, M.H., Sicnlair, A. 2010. Hidden in plain sight: Constructivist treatment of social context and its limitations. International Politics 47 (1) pp. 1-25. 10.1057/ip.2009.29 Cadair

Kurki, M. 2010. Kansainvaliset suhteet, maailmankuvat ja tieteenalakohtaiset kontekstit: ajatuksia teorianvalinnoista. [International relations, world views and disciplinary contexts] Kosmopolis 40 (2) pp. 55-65. Cadair

2009

Kurki, M. 2009. Roy Bhaskar. In J. Edkins., N. Vaughan-Williams. (eds) Critical Theorists and International Relations. Interventions Taylor & Francis pp. 89-101. Cadair

Kurki, M. 2009. Karl Marx. In J. Edkins., N. Vaughan-Williams. (eds) Critical Theorists and International Relations. 1st edn, Taylor & Francis pp. 246-250. Cadair

Kurki, M. 2009. The Politics of the Philosophy of Science. International Theory 1 (3) pp. 440-454. 10.1017/S1752971909990157 Cadair

Kurki, M. 2009. Revitalising Causality: Realism about Causality in Philosophy and Social Science. Edited by Ruth Groff. Journal of Critical Realism 8 (3) pp. 367-369. 10.1558/jocr.v8i3.367 Other Cadair

Kurki, M., Hobson, C. 2009. Democracy and Democracy Support: a New Era. Other Cadair

Kurki, M., Stavrianakis, A. 2009. Introduction to the annual convention on "Bridging Multiple Divides". International Relations 23 (1) pp. 117-118. 10.1177/0047117808104307 Cadair

2008

Kurki, M.H. 2008. Causation in International Relations: Reclaiming Causal Analysis. Cambridge Studies in International Relations 1st edn, Cambridge University Press Cadair

2007

Kurki, M. 2007. Critical realism and causal analysis in international relations. Millennium: Journal of International Studies 35 pp. 361-378. 10.1177/03058298070350021501 Cadair Other

2006

Kurki, M. 2006. Causes of a Divided Discipline: Rethinking the Concept of Cause in International Relations theory. Review of International Studies 32 (2) pp. 189-216. 10.1017/S026021050600698x Cadair

2005

Kurki, M. 2005. 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. Cadair