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Could playing games help solve global problems? Manjana Milkoreit will discuss the research design and early findings of Gaming Climate Futures — an ongoing science-policy engagement project with participants in the global climate change negotiations. Integrating four distinct social scientific approaches to the study of climate change: (1) the political study of actors and their national interests, (2) an STS perspective on the coproduction of global-scale knowledge and institutions between science and politics, (3) work on the potential of art to shape how the future is imagined, and (4) research on the power of games as learning tools, Gaming Climate Futures pursues two goals simultaneously. First, it creates an innovative science communication process centered on a serious game for the climate negotiation community. Second, the project studies the impacts and effectiveness of serious gameplay in a global governance context, including immediate cognitive changes among participants, as well as potential effects on longer-term political dynamics in UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Manjana Milkoreit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University. Her research integrates international relations scholarship, science and technology studies, futures research and cognitive theory to study actor motivations and decision-making in global climate change politics. 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 and the capacity of imagining futures in political and policy processes, the role of arts and culture in advancing effective societal responses to climate change, and meaning-making processes related to the Anthropocene. 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 Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, where she led the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative.