Merje Kuus

Professor
phone 604 822 3443
location_on GEOG 235

Research Area

Education

Syracuse University, 1999, PhD
Western Washington University, MSc
University of Tartu, BA

About

 

I am a political geographer whose work investigates knowledge and power in national and transnational policy-making processes. I examine how policy-making institutions, such as government agencies, international organizations, or civil society groups, know what they know, how they have come to know what they know, and how they persuade themselves and others that this is so. My current work examines transnational  diplomatic practices in contemporary Europe, but this empirical focus undergirds a broader interest in knowledge and power in bureaucratic settings. I have also worked on, and remain interested in, political identity, subject-formation, and center-periphery relations, especially in contemporary Europe. Further information on research, teaching, and graduate student supervision, is available on my research website on the left-hand side of this page.


Research

The list below highlights the key themes in my current research. Bibliographic information on publications, including links to the webpages of the books, is listed under the tab ‘Publications’ and on my personal website.

Policy processes and the politics of expertise

Policy impinges on all aspects of self and society. It shapes not just societal outcomes but, more importantly, the processes that produce these outcomes. To study policy is to investigate a dynamic and unpredictable process that transgresses the convenient distinctions between state and non-state actors. Empirically, my research focuses on the European Union as a key power center in today’s world. Any attempt to understand the diffuse operation of power in the international sphere must closely consider the EU in its ambiguously transnational operation.

Geopolitics, security, and diplomacy

This strand in my research focuses on the geographical assumptions and definitions that underpin international politics in general and diplomatic negotiation in particular. These assumptions are central to the processes by which complex political issues come to be defined and managed in a particular manner. Empirically, my current work focuses on transnational diplomatic practices in the European Union. This example anchors a broader argument about knowledge and authority in bureaucratic settings.

Arctic governance

The Arctic is a scene of hot diplomatic activity as many state and non-state actors seek to influence governance processes there. A new strand in my research focuses on regulatory power and regulatory competition in the Arctic. It examines, in particular, the efforts of China and the European Union to increase their influence in Arctic governance. My effort is to advance our understanding of the emerging inter-national and trans-national regulatory regimes in the Arctic.


Publications

The list is complete for the last year or so but includes only the principal publications on some of the earlier years. See my research website for the complete list.

2020

KUUS, M. (2020) “Professions and their expertise: charting the spaces of ‘elite’ occupations”. Progress in Human Geography. Online early: https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132520950466

KUUS, M. (2020) ‘Europe’s future depends on perspective not policy’. New Perspectives 28 (issue TBD): 1-5. Essay based on Keynote Address 1B at the Hamburg (Insecurity) Sessions, 21 November 2019. https://doi.org/10.1177/2336825X20934970

KUUS, M. (2020) ‘Regulatory power and region-making in the Arctic: China and the European Union’ (Euro commentary). European Urban and Regional Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776420925539.

KUUS, M. (2021, online early) ‘Political Geography III: Bounding the International’. Third of three progress reports on political geography. Progress in Human Geography (https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132519869457).

KUUS, M. (2020) ‘Toward the geopolitics of geoeconomic ideas’. In ‘Reading Geopolitics of the Knowledge-Based Economy by Sami Moisio’ (review forum). Political Geography  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0962629820301980

KUUS, M. (2020, in press) ‘Powerful and Elite Subjects’. In J. Darling and H. Wilson (ed.). Research Ethics for Human Geography: A Handbook for Students.

KUUS, M. 2020. ‘Political Geography II: Institutions’. Progress Report. Progress in Human Geography  44(1) 119–128. Second of three progress reports on political geography.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132518796026.

2019

KUUS, M. 2019 ‘The terroir of bureaucratic practice: Everyday life and scholarly method in the study of policy’ Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 37(4), 617-633   https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774×18802954

KUUS, M. 2019. ‘Political Geography I: Agency’, Progress in Human Geography 43 (1): 163-171, 2019. First of three progress reports on political geography. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0309132517734337

KUUS, M. 2019. ‘State Power, Spatial Inequality, and Geographical Expertise: Notes on Method’. In Thilo Lang and Franziska Görmar (eds). Regional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation: Rethinking Spatial Policies in Europe. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 79-94.

2018

KUUS, M. 2018 ‘Transnational institutional fields: Positionality and generalization in the study of diplomacy’ Political Geography 67, 156-165   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.02.008

KUUS, M. 2018 ‘Political economies of transnational fields: harmonization and differentiation in European diplomacy’ Territory, Politics, Governance 6(2), 222-239                  https://doi.org/10.1080/21622671.2016.1266960

2016

KUUS, M. 2016 ‘To Understand the Place: Geographical Knowledge and Diplomatic Practice’ The Professional Geographer 68(4), 546-553

KUUS, M. 2016 ‘Diplomacy and Audit: Technologies of Knowledge in Europe’ Geoforum 68(1), 39-47

2015

KUUS, M. 2015 ‘Symbolic Power in Diplomatic Practice: Matters of Style in Brussels’ in Diplomacy and Practice Theory ed V. Pouliot and J. Cornut (special issue: Cooperation and Conflict) 50(3), 368-384.

KUUS, M. 2015 ‘For Slow Research’ (short commentary) in Debates and Developments forum: Urban Policy Mobilities: Moving Forward ed C. Temenos and T. Baker International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 39(4), 838-840

KUUS, M. 2015 ‘Transnational Bureaucracies: How Do We Know What They Know?’ Progress in Human Geography  39(4), 432-448

 

 


Graduate Supervision

I work with students whose interests focus on policy processes, the politics of expertise, security, and political identity. See my research website for further information.


Merje Kuus

Professor
phone 604 822 3443
location_on GEOG 235

Syracuse University, 1999, PhD
Western Washington University, MSc
University of Tartu, BA

 

I am a political geographer whose work investigates knowledge and power in national and transnational policy-making processes. I examine how policy-making institutions, such as government agencies, international organizations, or civil society groups, know what they know, how they have come to know what they know, and how they persuade themselves and others that this is so. My current work examines transnational  diplomatic practices in contemporary Europe, but this empirical focus undergirds a broader interest in knowledge and power in bureaucratic settings. I have also worked on, and remain interested in, political identity, subject-formation, and center-periphery relations, especially in contemporary Europe. Further information on research, teaching, and graduate student supervision, is available on my research website on the left-hand side of this page.

The list below highlights the key themes in my current research. Bibliographic information on publications, including links to the webpages of the books, is listed under the tab ‘Publications’ and on my personal website.

Policy processes and the politics of expertise

Policy impinges on all aspects of self and society. It shapes not just societal outcomes but, more importantly, the processes that produce these outcomes. To study policy is to investigate a dynamic and unpredictable process that transgresses the convenient distinctions between state and non-state actors. Empirically, my research focuses on the European Union as a key power center in today’s world. Any attempt to understand the diffuse operation of power in the international sphere must closely consider the EU in its ambiguously transnational operation.

Geopolitics, security, and diplomacy

This strand in my research focuses on the geographical assumptions and definitions that underpin international politics in general and diplomatic negotiation in particular. These assumptions are central to the processes by which complex political issues come to be defined and managed in a particular manner. Empirically, my current work focuses on transnational diplomatic practices in the European Union. This example anchors a broader argument about knowledge and authority in bureaucratic settings.

Arctic governance

The Arctic is a scene of hot diplomatic activity as many state and non-state actors seek to influence governance processes there. A new strand in my research focuses on regulatory power and regulatory competition in the Arctic. It examines, in particular, the efforts of China and the European Union to increase their influence in Arctic governance. My effort is to advance our understanding of the emerging inter-national and trans-national regulatory regimes in the Arctic.

The list is complete for the last year or so but includes only the principal publications on some of the earlier years. See my research website for the complete list.

2020

KUUS, M. (2020) “Professions and their expertise: charting the spaces of ‘elite’ occupations”. Progress in Human Geography. Online early: https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132520950466

KUUS, M. (2020) ‘Europe’s future depends on perspective not policy’. New Perspectives 28 (issue TBD): 1-5. Essay based on Keynote Address 1B at the Hamburg (Insecurity) Sessions, 21 November 2019. https://doi.org/10.1177/2336825X20934970

KUUS, M. (2020) ‘Regulatory power and region-making in the Arctic: China and the European Union’ (Euro commentary). European Urban and Regional Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776420925539.

KUUS, M. (2021, online early) ‘Political Geography III: Bounding the International’. Third of three progress reports on political geography. Progress in Human Geography (https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132519869457).

KUUS, M. (2020) ‘Toward the geopolitics of geoeconomic ideas’. In ‘Reading Geopolitics of the Knowledge-Based Economy by Sami Moisio’ (review forum). Political Geography  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0962629820301980

KUUS, M. (2020, in press) ‘Powerful and Elite Subjects’. In J. Darling and H. Wilson (ed.). Research Ethics for Human Geography: A Handbook for Students.

KUUS, M. 2020. ‘Political Geography II: Institutions’. Progress Report. Progress in Human Geography  44(1) 119–128. Second of three progress reports on political geography.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132518796026.

2019

KUUS, M. 2019 'The terroir of bureaucratic practice: Everyday life and scholarly method in the study of policy' Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 37(4), 617-633   https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774x18802954

KUUS, M. 2019. ‘Political Geography I: Agency’, Progress in Human Geography 43 (1): 163-171, 2019. First of three progress reports on political geography. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0309132517734337

KUUS, M. 2019. ‘State Power, Spatial Inequality, and Geographical Expertise: Notes on Method’. In Thilo Lang and Franziska Görmar (eds). Regional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation: Rethinking Spatial Policies in Europe. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 79-94.

2018

KUUS, M. 2018 'Transnational institutional fields: Positionality and generalization in the study of diplomacy' Political Geography 67, 156-165   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.02.008

KUUS, M. 2018 'Political economies of transnational fields: harmonization and differentiation in European diplomacy' Territory, Politics, Governance 6(2), 222-239                  https://doi.org/10.1080/21622671.2016.1266960

2016

KUUS, M. 2016 'To Understand the Place: Geographical Knowledge and Diplomatic Practice' The Professional Geographer 68(4), 546-553

KUUS, M. 2016 'Diplomacy and Audit: Technologies of Knowledge in Europe' Geoforum 68(1), 39-47

2015

KUUS, M. 2015 'Symbolic Power in Diplomatic Practice: Matters of Style in Brussels' in Diplomacy and Practice Theory ed V. Pouliot and J. Cornut (special issue: Cooperation and Conflict) 50(3), 368-384.

KUUS, M. 2015 'For Slow Research' (short commentary) in Debates and Developments forum: Urban Policy Mobilities: Moving Forward ed C. Temenos and T. Baker International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 39(4), 838-840

KUUS, M. 2015 'Transnational Bureaucracies: How Do We Know What They Know?' Progress in Human Geography  39(4), 432-448

 

 

I work with students whose interests focus on policy processes, the politics of expertise, security, and political identity. See my research website for further information.

Merje Kuus

Professor
phone 604 822 3443
location_on GEOG 235

Syracuse University, 1999, PhD
Western Washington University, MSc
University of Tartu, BA

 

I am a political geographer whose work investigates knowledge and power in national and transnational policy-making processes. I examine how policy-making institutions, such as government agencies, international organizations, or civil society groups, know what they know, how they have come to know what they know, and how they persuade themselves and others that this is so. My current work examines transnational  diplomatic practices in contemporary Europe, but this empirical focus undergirds a broader interest in knowledge and power in bureaucratic settings. I have also worked on, and remain interested in, political identity, subject-formation, and center-periphery relations, especially in contemporary Europe. Further information on research, teaching, and graduate student supervision, is available on my research website on the left-hand side of this page.

The list below highlights the key themes in my current research. Bibliographic information on publications, including links to the webpages of the books, is listed under the tab ‘Publications’ and on my personal website.

Policy processes and the politics of expertise

Policy impinges on all aspects of self and society. It shapes not just societal outcomes but, more importantly, the processes that produce these outcomes. To study policy is to investigate a dynamic and unpredictable process that transgresses the convenient distinctions between state and non-state actors. Empirically, my research focuses on the European Union as a key power center in today’s world. Any attempt to understand the diffuse operation of power in the international sphere must closely consider the EU in its ambiguously transnational operation.

Geopolitics, security, and diplomacy

This strand in my research focuses on the geographical assumptions and definitions that underpin international politics in general and diplomatic negotiation in particular. These assumptions are central to the processes by which complex political issues come to be defined and managed in a particular manner. Empirically, my current work focuses on transnational diplomatic practices in the European Union. This example anchors a broader argument about knowledge and authority in bureaucratic settings.

Arctic governance

The Arctic is a scene of hot diplomatic activity as many state and non-state actors seek to influence governance processes there. A new strand in my research focuses on regulatory power and regulatory competition in the Arctic. It examines, in particular, the efforts of China and the European Union to increase their influence in Arctic governance. My effort is to advance our understanding of the emerging inter-national and trans-national regulatory regimes in the Arctic.

The list is complete for the last year or so but includes only the principal publications on some of the earlier years. See my research website for the complete list.

2020

KUUS, M. (2020) “Professions and their expertise: charting the spaces of ‘elite’ occupations”. Progress in Human Geography. Online early: https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132520950466

KUUS, M. (2020) ‘Europe’s future depends on perspective not policy’. New Perspectives 28 (issue TBD): 1-5. Essay based on Keynote Address 1B at the Hamburg (Insecurity) Sessions, 21 November 2019. https://doi.org/10.1177/2336825X20934970

KUUS, M. (2020) ‘Regulatory power and region-making in the Arctic: China and the European Union’ (Euro commentary). European Urban and Regional Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776420925539.

KUUS, M. (2021, online early) ‘Political Geography III: Bounding the International’. Third of three progress reports on political geography. Progress in Human Geography (https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132519869457).

KUUS, M. (2020) ‘Toward the geopolitics of geoeconomic ideas’. In ‘Reading Geopolitics of the Knowledge-Based Economy by Sami Moisio’ (review forum). Political Geography  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0962629820301980

KUUS, M. (2020, in press) ‘Powerful and Elite Subjects’. In J. Darling and H. Wilson (ed.). Research Ethics for Human Geography: A Handbook for Students.

KUUS, M. 2020. ‘Political Geography II: Institutions’. Progress Report. Progress in Human Geography  44(1) 119–128. Second of three progress reports on political geography.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132518796026.

2019

KUUS, M. 2019 'The terroir of bureaucratic practice: Everyday life and scholarly method in the study of policy' Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 37(4), 617-633   https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774x18802954

KUUS, M. 2019. ‘Political Geography I: Agency’, Progress in Human Geography 43 (1): 163-171, 2019. First of three progress reports on political geography. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0309132517734337

KUUS, M. 2019. ‘State Power, Spatial Inequality, and Geographical Expertise: Notes on Method’. In Thilo Lang and Franziska Görmar (eds). Regional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation: Rethinking Spatial Policies in Europe. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 79-94.

2018

KUUS, M. 2018 'Transnational institutional fields: Positionality and generalization in the study of diplomacy' Political Geography 67, 156-165   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.02.008

KUUS, M. 2018 'Political economies of transnational fields: harmonization and differentiation in European diplomacy' Territory, Politics, Governance 6(2), 222-239                  https://doi.org/10.1080/21622671.2016.1266960

2016

KUUS, M. 2016 'To Understand the Place: Geographical Knowledge and Diplomatic Practice' The Professional Geographer 68(4), 546-553

KUUS, M. 2016 'Diplomacy and Audit: Technologies of Knowledge in Europe' Geoforum 68(1), 39-47

2015

KUUS, M. 2015 'Symbolic Power in Diplomatic Practice: Matters of Style in Brussels' in Diplomacy and Practice Theory ed V. Pouliot and J. Cornut (special issue: Cooperation and Conflict) 50(3), 368-384.

KUUS, M. 2015 'For Slow Research' (short commentary) in Debates and Developments forum: Urban Policy Mobilities: Moving Forward ed C. Temenos and T. Baker International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 39(4), 838-840

KUUS, M. 2015 'Transnational Bureaucracies: How Do We Know What They Know?' Progress in Human Geography  39(4), 432-448

 

 

I work with students whose interests focus on policy processes, the politics of expertise, security, and political identity. See my research website for further information.