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Boykoff, Max Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Max Boykoff's research and creative work focuses on cultural politics and environmental governance, creative climate communications, science-policy interactions, disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation. Through many connected projects and collaborations, his research commitments have been fueled by his passion to examine how climate science and policy find meaning in people’s everyday lives, as well as how this, in turn, feeds back into science-policy decision-making.

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  • climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, cultural politics and environmental governance, science-policy interactions, political economy and the environment, media representations of environment, science and policy

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • ATLS 3173 - Creative Climate Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    We generate multimodal compositions on the subject of climate change and engage with various dimensions of issues associated with sustainability. We work to deepen our understanding of how issues associated with climate change are or can be communicated, by analyzing previously created expressions from a variety of media (interactive theatre, film, fine art, television programming, blogs, performance art, for example) and then be creating our own work. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000. Same as ENVS 3173 and THTR 4173.
  • ENVM 5750 - Climate Politics and Science-Policy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Explores, understands and critically analyzes influences and trends in climate politics and science-policy. Course participants will gain an improved understanding of the myriad factors, pressures and processes that are involved in contemporary climate politics under-girding explicit policy proposals. Course participants will more capably identify consequential spaces of decision-making, recognize tractable places for change and fashion constructive strategies for their own research by way of best available evidence from work done in these areas. Overall, our attention to these course themes, concepts and case studies will help us to more capably understand, analyze and engage in the high-stakes 21st century arena of climate politics and science-policy. Previously offered as a special topics course. Same as ENVS 5750, GEOG 5750 and SOCY 5750.
  • ENVS 1000 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020
    Surveys environmental studies, examining ecological, socioeconomic, political, aesthetic, and technological factors that influence the quality of life on Earth. Required for ENVS majors.
  • ENVS 3022 - Climate Politics and Policy
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Engages students in exploring the realm of contemporary and historical climate policy at three major levels of government: international, national and local/regional. Through course lectures, discussions, readings and activities, students will become conversant with the actors, mechanisms and concerns involved in climate policy and politics and develop their own sense of how to judge the success of climate policies. Fulfills intermediate social science requirement in Environmental Studies Major. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000 or GEOG 1972. Same as GEOG 3022.
  • ENVS 3173 - Creative Climate Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    We generate multimodal compositions on the subject of climate change and engage with various dimensions of issues associated with sustainability. We work to deepen our understanding of how issues associated with climate change are or can be communicated, by analyzing previously created expressions from a variety of media (interactive theatre, film, fine art, television programming, blogs, performance art, for example) and then be creating our own work. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000. Same as ATLS 3173 and THTR 4173.
  • ENVS 5750 - Climate Politics and Science-Policy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Explores, understands and critically analyzes influences and trends in climate politics and science-policy. Course participants will gain an improved understanding of the myriad factors, pressures and processes that are involved in contemporary climate politics under-girding explicit policy proposals. Course participants will more capably identify consequential spaces of decision-making, recognize tractable places for change and fashion constructive strategies for their own research by way of best available evidence from work done in these areas. Overall, our attention to these course themes, concepts and case studies will help us to more capably understand, analyze and engage in the high-stakes 21st century arena of climate politics and science-policy. Previously offered as a special topics course. Same as ENVM 5750, GEOG 5750 and SOCY 5750.
  • GEOG 3022 - Climate Politics and Policy
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Engages students in exploring the realm of contemporary and historical climate policy at three major levels of government: international, national and local/regional. Through course lectures, discussions, readings and activities, students will become conversant with the actors, mechanisms and concerns involved in climate policy and politics and develop their own sense of how to judge the success of climate policies. Fulfills intermediate social science requirement in Environmental Studies Major. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000 or GEOG 1972. Same as ENVS 3022.
  • GEOG 5750 - Climate Politics and Science-Policy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Explores, understands and critically analyzes influences and trends in climate politics and science-policy. Course participants will gain an improved understanding of the myriad factors, pressures and processes that are involved in contemporary climate politics under-girding explicit policy proposals. Course participants will more capably identify consequential spaces of decision-making, recognize tractable places for change and fashion constructive strategies for their own research by way of best available evidence from work done in these areas. Overall, our attention to these course themes, concepts and case studies will help us to more capably understand, analyze and engage in the high-stakes 21st century arena of climate politics and science-policy. Previously offered as a special topics course. Same as ENVM 5750, ENVS 5750 and SOCY 5750.
  • THTR 4173 - Creative Climate Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    We generate multimodal compositions on the subject of climate change and engage with various dimensions of issues associated with sustainability. We work to deepen our understanding of how issues associated with climate change are or can be communicated, by analyzing previously created expressions from a variety of media (interactive theatre, film, fine art, television programming, blogs, performance art, for example) and then be creating our own work. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000. Same as ENVS 3173 and ATLS 3173.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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