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Dr. Milla Vaha

Lecturer

 

School of Government, Development and International Affairs

The University of the South Pacific
Laucala Bay Campus
Suva
Fiji Islands

Office: 014 - 215
Tel: (+679) 323 2780
Fax: (+679) 323 1524
Email: milla.vaha(at)usp.ac.fj

 


 

Milla Emilia 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 in her home country and continued her studies in Political Theory at the London School of Economics in London, UK. She was then accepted to a doctoral program at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She finished her PhD on moral personality of the state in world politics in 2013, supervised by Professor Christian Reus-Smit. Since finishing her PhD, she has worked as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Turku and University of Tampere, both in Finland, as well as 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 ethics and world politics. In her most recent research project she explores the concept of existential threat and the future of Small Island States during climate crisis. She has published on topics varying from the SIS and climate change to status of child combatants. She is also currently writing a book on Immanuel Kantís conception of the moral personality of the state and its applicability in thinking about rights and responsibilities of states in todayís world politics.


 

Academic Qualifications

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

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

Teaching

Semester 2, 2019 - Politics of Development (PL101)

Recent Publications

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).


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