Climate Science, Activism and Policy in Unusual Times: Long-term Effects of the Trump Presidency

The Trump Administration’s approach to climate science and policy reverses many prior measures and achievement by the Obama administration. These changes have received mixed responses – often praise from Republicans and criticism, as well as resistance, from Democrats. In this talk, Dr. Milkoreit will discuss the various ways in which a US president – any president – can affect not just short-term policies but also long-term national and global developments in both political and Earth systems. Given the unusual response to the Trump administration by American scientists, she will also raise questions related to the Resistance, science activism and the relationship between science and politics.

Manjana Milkoreit, assistant professor at Purdue University -- Dr. Miloreit’s research addresses 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. Milkoreit 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 Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, where she led ASU’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative.
Tuesday, October 17, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
COOR 5536
Coor Hall