Maxwell T. Boykoff

Max Boykoff

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, 2006
CIRES Fellow and Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Program (ENVS)

E-mail: Boykoff@colorado.edu
Office: 1333 Grandview
Phone: 303-735-0451
Web:http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/ about_us/meet_us/max_boykoff/

Research Interests

Max’s research and creative work has two primary focal areas. One is on the ‘cultural politics of climate change’ which refers to how the attitudes, intentions, beliefs and behaviors of individuals and groups shape (and are shaped by) the perceived spectrum of possible action in the context of climate change. A second focus is on the transformations of carbon-based economies and societies, with a particular emphasis on the interface of science and practical action, including policies. Through many connected projects and collaborations, his research commitments have been fueled by interests in 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.

Current Research: Cultural politics of science, policy, and the environment

My research and creative work has two focal areas. One focus is on the ‘cultural politics of science, policy, and the environment,’ which refers to how the attitudes, intentions, beliefs, and behaviors of individuals and groups shape (and are shaped by) the perceived spectrum of possible action in the context of climate change. A second focus is on the transformations of carbon-based economies and societies, with a particular emphasis on the interface of science and practical action, including policies. Through many connected projects and collaborations, my research commitments have been fueled by my interests regarding 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. My work in cultural politics of science, policy, and the environment has sought to critically analyze the role of various actors and organizations shaping political and cultural dimensions of environmental science and policy discussions in the public arena. For a few examples:
• Professor Deserai Crow (CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Studies Program) and I have co-edited a book entitled “Culture, Politics and Climate Change: How Information Shapes Our Common Future” (Routledge/Earthscan, 2014). This book explores how cultural values shape and are shaped by politics and policy outcomes via information. http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/publications/ special/cpcc/index.html.
• Through our International Collective on Environment, Culture and Politics research group (http:// sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/icecaps/), CU-Boulder graduate students Kevin Andrews, Meaghan Daly, Lauren Gifford, Lucy McAllister, and Xi Wang, CIRES postdoctoral scholar Joanna Boehnert, CIRES CSTPR Outreach and Engagement coordinator Ami Nacu-Schmidt, and I monitor media coverage of climate change at various scales (updated monthly at http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/icecaps/ research/media_coverage/index.html). We also established and maintain appraisals of 50 sources across 25 countries around the world and also monitor country-level coverage in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, the UK, and the United States. In addition, through collaborations with Rogelio Fernandez-Reyes, in Spain, and Midori Aoyagi-Usui and Shoko Yamaguchi, we maintain counts at country levels as well.

 

 

 

Selected Publications

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Also: Dr. Boykoff is a member of the CIRES Professor.