Milla Vaha - Lecturer

Office: 014-216

Tel: 323-2780

Email: milla.vaha@usp.ac.fj

Dr. Milla Vaha started at the USP in July 2019. Born and raised in Finland, she did her first degree in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Turku and continued her studies in Political Theory at the London School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute. She has worked in Lecturer and Senior Lecturer positions in Finland, been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia, and the European Union Experts4Asia Fellow at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Her research focuses on International Political Theory and the ethics of world politics. In her most recent research project she explores the theoretical and normative features of existential threat in the context of Small Island States and the climate crisis. Her book, The Moral Standing of the State in International Politics: A Kantian Account, was published by the University of Wales Press in July 2021.  (you can link the book: https://www.uwp.co.uk/book/the-moral-standing-of-the-state-in-international-politics/


Academic Qualifications

PhD in Social and Political Sciences/International Relations, European University Institute, Italy

MSc in Political Theory, London School of Economics, UK

MSc in Social Sciences/ Political Science and International Relations, University of Turku, Finland

BSc in Social Sciences/Political Science and International Relations, University of Turku, Finland


Research

  • Ethics of world politics, esp. climate ethics and ethics of war
  • International climate politics and Small Island Developing States
  • International Political Theory
  • Political philosophy, esp. Immanuel Kant

Teaching

Semester 2 – Politics of Development (PL101)


Recent Publications

2018. Kantian insights on the moral personality of the state. In: Larry Krasnoff et al (eds.) Kant’s Doctrine of Right in the twenty-first century (Cardiff: University of Wales Press).

2018. with Leena Vastapuu. ‘My heart was already cooked’: girl soldiers and situated moral agencies, Cambridge Review of International Affairs 31(2).

2018. ‘We Kant have bad states’: on evilization in liberal world politics, International Politics 55(2).

2017. Hosting the Small Island Developing States: Two scenarios, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 10(2).

2017. “We as peoples have the right to exist: Threatened Nations and Climate Justice, Pacific Affairs 90(4).

2015. Drowning under: Small island states and the right to exist, Journal of International Political Theory 11(2).