Manjana Milkoreit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University. Her current research program explores the role of cognition and emotion in global environmental governance, especially in climate change politics. This includes the science-policy-society interface, for example the use of scientific knowledge (esp. concerning climate tipping points) in governance processes, the role of ideologies in advancing or preventing effective societal responses to climate change, and the ability to imagine climate futures based on available science.

She also explores changing conceptions of the Anthropocene and their implications for Earth system governance. Manjana directed the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University from 2014 to 2016 and is advancing interdisciplinary research on imagination and transformation. She co-edited a special issue on “Imaginative capacity for transforming to sustainability“ with Michele-Lee Moore (Stockholm Resilience Center). Manjana is an active member of international, multidisciplinary research networks on complexity, resilience and social-ecological systems. She holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Ph.D. in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo.

Recent Publications

  • Milkoreit, M. (2017) Mindmade Politics: The Cognitive Roots of International Climate Governance. The MIT Press.
  • Milkoreit, M. (2019). The Paris Agreement on Climate Change – Made in USA? Perspectives on Politics.
  • Milkoreit, M. and K. Haapala (2018). The Global Stocktake – Design Lessons for a New Review and Ambition Mechanism in the International Climate Regime, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, pp. 1-18.
  • Milkoreit, M., J. Hodbod, J. Baggio, K. Benessaiah, R. Calderon-Contreras, J. F. Donges, J.-D. Mathias, J. C. Rocha, M. Schoon, S. E. Werners. (2018). Defining Tipping Points for Social-ecological Systems Scholarship – An Interdisciplinary Literature Review. Environmental Research Letters 13 (3), 033005.
  • Galafassi, D., S. Kagan, M. Heras, M. Milkoreit, C. Bilodeau, S. J. Bourke, A. Merrie, G. Pétursdóttir, I. Stoddard, J. D. Tàbara. (2018). ‘Raising the Temperature’: The Arts on a Warming Planet. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Special Issue: 1.5C Climate Change and Social Transformation, Vol. 31, pp. 71-79.
  • Milkoreit, M. (2017). Imaginary Politics – Climate Change and Making the Future. Special Feature: Envisioning Sustainable Transitions, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 5:62.
  • Milkoreit, M. (2017). Pop-cultural Mobilization: Deploying ‘Game of Thrones’ to Change US Climate Change Politics. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, pp. 1-22.
  • Bennett, E., Biermann, F., Biggs, R., Carpenter, S., Ellis, E., Galaz, V., Hichert. T., Lahsen, M., Martin-Lopez, B., McPhearson, T., Milkoreit, M., Nicholas, K., Norstrom, A., Olsson, P., Pereira, L., Peterson, G., Preiser, R., Raudsepp-Hearne, C., Solan, M., Verwoort, J., Vince, G., Xu, H. (2016). Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14 (8), pp. 441-448.
  • Hochstetler, K. and Milkoreit, M. (2015). Responsibilities in Transition – Emerging Powers in the Climate Change Negotiations. Global Governance 21 (2), 205-226.
  • Milkoreit, M., Moore, M-L., Schoon, M., Meek, C. L. (2015). Resilience Scientists as Change Makers – Growing the Middle Ground Between Science and Advocacy? Environmental Science and Policy, pp. 87-95.