Manjana Milkoreit

Manjana Milkoreit

Assistant Professor // Political Science

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2226


Phone: (765) 496-3921

Ph.D., Global Governance, University of Waterloo, 2013
M.A., Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2007

Current CV



Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
International Relations



Ecological Sciences and Engineering


Research Summary

Dr. Milkoreit's research integrates international relations scholarship and cognitive theory to study actor motivations and beliefs, institutional and policy design related to climate change. She is interested in governance 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. Two topics dominate her current research agenda: the challenges of future thinking (scientifically informed imagination) in climate change politics and the design of effective review mechanisms under the Paris Agreement.



Targeting or Tipping into Climate Futures: A Serious Game for Serious Decisions. Breaking Through: Developing Interdisciplinary Solutions to Global Grand Challenges, Mellon Foundation Initiative. Principal Investigator. $144,816.


Selected Publications

Milkoreit, Manjana. 2019. The Paris Agreement on Climate Change – Made in USA? Perspectives on Politics. doi: 10.1017/S1537592719000951

Milkoreit, Manjana, J. Bansard, S. van der Hel. (in press). "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, Manjana and Kate 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 (19) 1: 89-106. doi: 10.1007/s10784-018-9425-x

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). doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaaa75

Milkoreit, Manjana. 2017. "Imaginary Politics – Climate Change and Making the Future. Special Feature: Envisioning Sustainable Transitions." Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 5: 62. doi: 10.1525/elementa.249

Milkoreit, Manjana. 2017. Mindmade Politics: The Cognitive Roots of International Climate Governance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Hochstetler, Kathryn and Manjana Milkoreit. 2015. "Responsibilities in Transition – Emerging Powers in the Climate Change Negotiations." Global Governance 21 (2): 205-226. Accessed from

Milkoreit, Manjana. 2014. "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


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