Manjana Milkoreit is Assistant Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University. Her dissertation analyzed how cognitive processes influence the search for cooperative multilateral solutions in the UNFCCC. Her current research program explores the broader 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 developing a research program on imagination and transformation.

Manjana is an active member of international, multidisciplinary research networks on complexity, resilience and social-ecological systems, including the Resilience Alliance and the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation. She holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Ph.D. in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo.


  • 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. (in press) Social Tipping Points in Social-ecological Systems? A Literature Review. Environmental Research Letters.
  • 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.
  • Milkoreit, M. (2017) MindMade politics: The Cognitive Roots of in International Climate Governance. (forthcoming). The MIT Press.
  • 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. (forthcoming). Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
  • Milkoreit, M. (2016). The Promise of Climate Fiction – Imagination, Storytelling and the Politics of the Future. In Wapner, Paul and Hilal Elver (eds.) Reimagining Climate Change, chapter 10, pp. 171-191. Routledge Publishing.
  • Milkoreit, M. (2015). Science and Climate Change Diplomacy – Cognitive Limits and the Need to Reinvent Science Communication. In Patman, R.G. and Davis, L. (eds.) Science Diplomacy: New Day or False Dawn?, chapter 6, World Scientific.
  • 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. Available online August 26th, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.08.003.
  • Milkoreit, M. (2015). Hot Deontology and Cold Consequentialism – An Empirical Exploration of Ethical Reasoning among Climate Change Negotiators. Climatic Change, 130(3): 397–409. DOI 10.1007/s10584-014-1170-8.
  • Norström, A. V., Dannenberg, A., McCarney, G., Milkoreit, M., Diekert, F., Engström, G., Fishman, R., Gars, J., Kyriakopoulou, E., Manoussi, V., Meng, K., Metian, M., Sanctuary, M., Schlüter, M., Schoon, M., Schultz, L., & Sjöstedt, M. (2014). Three necessary conditions for establishing effective Sustainable Development Goals in the Anthropocene. Ecology and Society, 19(3), 8. Milkoreit, M and Mock, S. (2014) The Networked Mind – Collective Identities as the Key to Understanding Conflict. In Masys, A.J. (ed.), Networks and Network Analysis for Defence and Security, Lecture Notes in Social Networks, pp. 161-188. Springer International Publishing. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-04147-6_7.
  • Homer-Dixon, T. F., Milkoreit, M, Mock, S., Schröder, T. and Thagard, P. (2014). The Conceptual Structure of Social Disputes: Cognitive-Affective Maps as a Tool for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. SAGE Open. DOI: 10.1177/2158244014526210
  • Homer-Dixon, T.F., Leader Maynard, J., Mildenberger, M., Milkoreit, M., Mock, S.J., Quilley, S., Schröder, T. and Thagard, P. (2013). A Complex Systems Approach to the Study of Ideology: Cognitive-Affective Structures and the Dynamics of Belief Systems. Journal of Social and Political Psychology 1 (1): 337–63. Doi:10.5964/jspp.v1i1.36
  • Hochstetler, K. and Milkoreit, M (2013). Emerging Powers in the Climate Negotiations: Shifting Identities and Role Conceptions. Political Research Quarterly, 67(1): 224-235. DOI: 10.1177/1065912913510609
  • Norström, A. V., Dannenberg, A., McCarney, G., Milkoreit, M., Diekert, F., Engström, G., Fishman, R., Gars, J., Kyriakopoulou, E., Manoussi, V., Meng, K., Metian, M., Sanctuary, M., Schlüter, M., Schoon, M., Schultz, L., & Sjöstedt, M.(2013). Social Change Vital to Sustainability Goals. Nature, Vol. 498, June 2013, p. 299.