My research integrates scholarship on global environmental governance and cognitive theory to study actor motivations, beliefs and agency, institutional and policy design and effectiveness related to climate change. I am interested in challenges at the science-policy-society interface, including the use of scientific knowledge in environmental decision-making, and the role of ideologies in advancing or preventing effective societal responses to climate change. My current research focusses on the role of future thinking (imagination) in sustainability transformations and the study of social tipping points.
- SGO2302 Environment and Society, Spring 2021 https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/sv/iss/SGO2302/v21/index.html
Dr. Milkoreit received her Ph.D. in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining the University of Oslo, she was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University, and a Postdoctoral Researcher at Arizona State University’s Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. At ASU she lead the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort to engage scholars, writers and the public in a conversation about the role of imagination in societal responses to climate change.
- Discovery Park Visiting Scholar, Center for the Environment, Purdue University
- Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Purdue University (2016-2020)
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University (2013-2016)
Select publications from last five years:
Milkoreit, M. (2017) Mindmade Politics: The Cognitive Roots of International Climate Governance. The MIT Press.
Moore, M.L. and M. Milkoreit, (2020). "Imagination and transformations to sustainable and just futures." Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 8(1).
Milkoreit, Manjana, J. Bansard, S. van der Hel. (2020). "Agency and Knowledge in Environmental Governance – A Thematic Review." In Understanding Agency in Earth System Governance Research, Michele M. Betsill, Tabitha M. Benney, and Andrea K. Gerlak (eds.). Earth System Governance Project; Harvesting Initiative. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
Milkoreit, M. (2019). "The Paris Agreement on Climate Change—Made in USA?" Perspectives on Politics, 17(4), 1019-1037.
Milkoreit, M. (2019). "Cognitive capacities for global governance in the face of complexity: the case of climate tipping points." In Global Challenges, Governance, and Complexity. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Milkoreit, Manjana, Jennifer Hodbod, Jacopo Baggio, Karina Benessaiah, Rafael Calderón-Contreras, Jonathan F. Donges, Jean-Denis Mathias, Juan Carlos Rocha, Michael Schoon, and Saskia E. Werners. 2018. "Defining Tipping Points for Social-ecological Systems Scholarship – An Interdisciplinary Literature Review." Environmental Research Letters 13 (3).
Milkoreit, Manjana. 2017. "Imaginary Politics – Climate Change and Making the Future. Special Feature: Envisioning Sustainable Transitions." Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 5: 62.