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Manjana Milkoreit

Manjana Milkoreit

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Purdue University


Department of Political Science
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Purdue University


Manjana Milkoreit joined Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science.

Dr. Milkoreit's research integrates international relations scholarship and cognitive theory to study actor motivations and policy design in global climate change politics and diplomacy. She is interested in governance challenges at the science-policy and science-society interfaces that impact the search for and implementation of sustainable solutions to climate change. These include the use of scientific knowledge in policy and governance decisions, the role of ideologies in advancing or preventing effective societal responses to climate change, and meaning-making processes related to the Anthropocene.

Two major topics dominate her current research agenda: the challenges of future thinking (scientifically informed imagination) in climate change policy and decision-making, and the design of effective review mechanisms under the Paris Agreement, which was concluded in December 2015.

Manjana received her Ph.D. in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo (Canada), where she held a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Prior to her appointment at Purdue University she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. At ASU she lead the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, a collaboration between the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative, the Center for Science and the Imagination, and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.


  • MPP, Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • PhD, Global Governance, University of Waterloo


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Journal Articles


Bennett, E. M., M. Solan, R. Biggs, P. T. McPhearson, A. Norstrom, P. Olsson, L. Pereira, G. D. Peterson, C. Raudsepp-Hearne, F. Biermann, S. R. Carpenter, E. Ellis, T. Hichert, V. Galaz, M. Lahsen, M. Milkoreit, B. Martin-Lopez, K. A. Nicholas, R. Preiser, G. Vince, J. Vervoort and J. Xu. 2016. Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14(8):441–448. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1309. (link )


Hochstetler, K. and M. Milkoreit. 2015. Responsibilities in transition: Emerging powers in the climate change negotiations. Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations 21(2):205-226.

Milkoreit, M., M. Moore, M. Schoon and C. Meek. 2015. Resilience scientists as change-makers—Growing the middle ground between science and advocacy?. Environmental Science & Policy DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.08.003. (link )


Homer-Dixon, T., M. Milkoreit, S. J. Mock, T. Schröder and P. Thagard. 2014. The conceptual structure of social disputes: Cognitive-affective maps as a tool for conflict analysis and resolution. SAGE Open DOI: 10.1177/2158244014526210. (link )

Milkoreit, M. 2014. Hot deontology and cold consequentialism–an empirical exploration of ethical reasoning among climate change negotiators. Climatic Change 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1170-8. (link )

Norström, A., A. Dannenberg, G. McCarney, M. Milkoreit, F. Diekert, G. Engström, R. Fishman, J. Gars, E. Kyriakopoolou, V. Manoussi, K. Meng, M. Metian, M. Sanctuary, M. Schluter, M. L. Schoon, L. Schultz and M. Sjöstedt. 2014. Three necessary conditions for establishing effective Sustainable Development Goals in the Anthropocene. Ecology and Society 19(3):8. (link )


Hochstetler, K. and M. Milkoreit. 2013. Emerging Powers in the Climate Negotiations: Shifting Identity Conceptions. Political Research Quarterly DOI: doi:1065912913510609.

Homer-Dixon, T., J. Leader Maynard, M. Mildenberger, M. Milkoreit, S. J. Mock, S. Quilley, T. S. and P. Thagard. 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):. DOI: doi:10.5964/jspp.v1i1.36.

Book Chapters


Milkoreit, M. 2016. The Promise of Climate Fiction – Imagination, Storytelling and the Politics of the Future. In: Wapner, P. and E. Hilal eds., Reimagining Climate Change. Routledge Publishing. (link )


Hochstetler, K. and M. Milkoreit. 2015. Responsibilities in Transition – Emerging Powers in the Climate Change Negotiations. Pp. 205-226 Global Governance . Vol 2.

Milkoreit, M. 2015. Science and climate change diplomacy – cognitive limits and the need to reinvent science communication. Pp. Chapter 6 In: Davis, L. S. and R. G. Patman eds., Science Diplomacy: New Day or False Dawn?. World Scientific Publishing Company. ISBN: 978-9814440066.


Milkoreit, M. and S. J. Mock. 2014. The networked mind: Collective identities and the cognitive-affective nature of conflict. Pp. 161-188 In: Masys, A. J. ed., Networks and Network Analysis for Defence and Security. Springer International Publishing. (link )



Milkoreit, M., J. A. Swofford, D. Bodansky and S. Klinsky. 2016. Case Critical: Postcards from Paris. Presentation at the Case Critical Lecture, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability (panelist), January 20, 2016, Arizona State University, Tempe. (link )