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A political scientist specialised in:
- European Union and Multilevel Governance,
- Governance coordination and Metagovernance
- Theories of European Integration
- Rural Development and the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy
- Regional Policy
- Sustainable Development Policies in Developing Country Contexts.
- Michael is an Adjunct Professor / dosentti at the University of Helsinki
PhD Political Science (Administrative Studies), University of Helsinki
M.Soc.Sc Political Science, University of Helsinki
BA Political Science, University of Helsinki
2015 Principal Research Scientist, Natural Resources Institute Finland
2010-2014 Visiting Professor & Senior Research Fellow, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
2008-2014 Principal Research Scientist, MTT Agrifood Research Finland
2013 Visiting Professor, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro Brazil
2011-2012 Visiting Professor, University of Strasbourg, France
2007-2008 Project Researcher, University of Helsinki
2006-2007 Research Fellow, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
2003-2006 Finnish Doctoral Graduate School Consortium in the Administrative Sciences
Michael Kull‘s spatial story
Transcending borders…from rural Niedersachsen to Norden and beyond
I was born in a very small village of about 99 inhabitants, located in the Eastern and rural corner of the German Land Niedersachsen.
The house of my childhood years stood approximately 100 metres away from the barbed wire that cut through Germany for almost three decades, separating us and millions of other Germans from their families in Eastern Germany. I grew up with parents working in local government and engaged in different types of rural development activities. The countryside “in the shadow of the border” offered a rich cultural life but also constituted a space that saw farms seizing to exist and people starting to increasingly engage in alternative types of economic activities (mainly via a big car producer in the nearby city of Wolfsburg). This melange of parental socialisation and own experience of rural transformations formed my interest in rural governance and development.
The border to the East was much of a daily experience and part of our everyday life. Die Grenze and der Zaun were always present when travelling to the nearby villages, to football trainings, visiting family in the GDR etc. Yet, as a small boy, I had to test the validity of borders that were supposed to be in the middle of a creek, a stretch of water that was famous for plenty of good fish. Transcending these borders was luckily without (major) consequences and I developed an early sense of the meaning of re-imagining and “planning” wet spaces.
Scandinavia and especially Sweden caught my early interest and I took my first Swedish language lessons during my high school years at the age of 17. In a city headquartering one of the biggest car producer on the planet – my yellow Volvo 240 D6 Overdrive was a good way of showing my affiliation to Sweden and only accompanied by less than half a dozen other cars produced in the country I admired and visited a lot during these days.
As a student of political science, public administration and European Studies in thrilling Berlin of the mid-1990s, I moved my linguistic interests onto Norwegian and Finnish as well. Meeting the love of my life, living in Finland, I was frequent traveller on good old GTS Finnjet, a ferry connecting Germany to Helsinki. I also wrote my BA thesis aboard this legendary ship. In 1997 Finland became my new home country, Espoo my hometown. I still live there with my wonderful family and bilingual children also transcending linguistic borders themselves.
Work-wise, MA and PhD theses were completed in Helsinki, and I started my post-doc years at a Finnish state research institute (MTT Finland, later Natural Resources Institute Finland) dealing with rural affairs in the EU and beyond as well as at Tallinn University of Technology, working on EU integration and governance. Visiting professorships and scholarships brought me back to Germany, Strasbourg and Brazil.
Since I started at Nordregio in 2015, I am commuting between Stockholm and Espoo, extending my research interest into marine governance issues and look forward for some stimulating years in this formidable environment that Nordregio offers. Whilst transcending borders will continue at many different levels, at least the cycle became somewhat full in terms of finally arriving in Sweden – something young Michael looked forward to, back in the early 1990s.
- Evaluation of Åland Rural Programme 2014-2020
- The Sustainable Hub to Engage in Rural Policies with Actors (SHERPA)
- Towards coherence and cross-border solutions in Maritime Spatial Planning (Baltic SCOPE)
- BONUS BASMATI – Baltic Sea Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Ecosystem Services
- PanBaltic SCOPE
- Advancing the bioeconomy transition in the Nordic Region (BioWiseTrans)
- Rural attractiveness in Norden
- Regional collaboration on service provision and social innovation
- Carbon Neutral Islands
- Study on taxation in support of green transition
- Nordregio News 3 2017
- BONUS BASMATI HANDBOOK: Process, Methods and Tools for Stakeholder Involvement in Maritime Spatial Planning
- Attractive Rural Municipalities in the Nordic countries: Jobs, People and Reasons for Success from 14 Case Studies
- Policy brief – Public service delivery in the Nordic Region: An exercise in collaborative governance
- Public service delivery in the Nordic Region: An exercise in collaborative governance
- Citizen engagement in policy formulation – New article from Nordregio researchers
- Is territorial governance needed in smart specialisation and maritime planning?
- The long-term vision for rural areas
- During 2017-2020, what did we learn about sustainable rural development?
- 30 Nov-1 Dec: Long-term vision for rural areas, SHERPA
- Bioeconomy – a super force for the Nordic region?
- “Radical, equal, innovative and attractive” – The future for rural Europe?
- Results from Pan Baltic Scope: towards coherent maritime spatial plans
- A Sustainable policy hub for rural actors – SHERPA
- Yle Nyheter and Vasabladet about the Attractiveness project
- Pioneering work for sustainable use and development of the Baltic Sea – The Baltic SCOPE project presents its results
- January 25-26: Final Baltic SCOPE meetings
- Nov 8-9: Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR
- Baltic SCOPE partners meet in Copenhagen
- Nordregio at the Finnish Rural Parliament 2021
- BONUS BASMATI: The final seminar
- Rural Attractiveness Webinar
- 24-26 September, Nordregio presents in OECD, Seoul
- Cross border meeting: When planners meet, in the Gulf of Bothnia
- Maritime Spatial Planning Forum – Global meets Regional
- Pan Baltic Scope: 3rd Partner Meeting & 6th Planning Forum
- Cross border meeting: Better maritime planning – towards a shared future, together
- Book launch “Maritime Spatial Planning – Past, Present and Future”
- BioWiseTrans Final Conference: “People and Networks Matter – Enabling Sustainable Bioeconomy Transition”
- 2nd partner meeting of Pan Baltic Scope
- Conflicts and Synergies in Maritime Spatial Planning
- Towards Smart, Attractive and Resilient Nordic Regions: a dialogue among researchers and practitioners
- Pan Baltic SCOPE Opening Conference
- Nordic Ruralities: 5th Nordic Conference for Rural Research
Related external pages
- Overcoming fragmented transboundary MSP governance and weak stakeholder engagement in the implementation of the EUSBSR Dec 2017 publication: EU Commission: Interact Programme
- Coherent Cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning for the Southwest Baltic Sea: Results from the Baltic SCOPE project Feb 2017 publication: Baltic SCOPE project
- Towards Coherent Cross-Border Maritime Spatial Planning in the Central Baltic Sea Mar 2017 publication: Baltic SCOPE project
- Lessons Learned: Obstacles and Enablers When Tackling the Challenges of Cross-Border Maritime Spatial Planning Mar 2017 publication: Baltic SCOPE project
- Recommendations on Maritime Spatial Planning Across Borders Mar 2017 publication: Baltic SCOPE project