Milja Kurki

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

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I'm interested in the differences in how we interpret what is going on around us and the implications for how we do politics in the context of many difficult planetary challenges. Since 2015 I've been working on a cross-disciplinary project on cosmological imagination in the study and practice of international relations and related questions around relationality and planetary, multispecies politics. 

I'm Co-director of the Planetary Challenges and Politics Centre at Aberystwyth University's Department of International Politics. 

Research interests

My research is focused on theoretical and conceptual study of international politics but I'm is also interested in exploration of the policy implications of conceptual issues. My PhD was focused on the analysis of the meaning of causality in IR scholarship. I then led a European Research Council project on the conceptual foundations of democracy promotion practices between 2008 and 2012, a project which involved extensive policy engagement internationally. Since then I've been exploring questions of democracy and politics in a cosmological register, culminating in the 2020 book International Relations in a Relational Universe (Oxford University Press). 

Currently, I'm working on a research agenda on planetary and multispecies politics, a project with important implications for how we tackle climate change politics and also the challenges faced by democratic governance. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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