Dr. Manjana 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.
Her 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. She is 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. Her current research focuses on the role of future thinking (imagination) in sustainability transformations and the study of social tipping points.