max boykoff


Maxwell Boykoff

Center Director

Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
1333 Grandview Avenue
Campus Box 488
Boulder, CO 80309-0488

Tel: 303-735-0451
Fax: 303-735-1576

Maxwell Boykoff is the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. He also is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies program and is Adjunct faculty in the Geography Department. In addition, Max is a Senior Visiting Research Associate in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz and Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Max has ongoing interests in cultural politics and environmental governance, science and environmental communications, science-policy interactions, political economy and the environment, and climate adaptation He has experience working in North America, Central America, South Asia, Oceania and Europe, and is a co-author and editor of six books and edited volumes, along with over fifty articles and book chapters.

Max’s research and creative work has developed primarily in two arenas:

  1. cultural politics of science, climate change and environmental issues = this refers to ways that attitudes, intentions, beliefs and behaviors of individuals and groups shape (and are shaped by) the perceived spectrum of possible action in the context of science-policy, climate change and environmental issues.
  2. transformations of carbon-based economies and societies (with emphasis on the interface of science and practical action) = this refers to decarbonization politics, policies and decision-making, with particular interest in how these activities find meaning in people’s everyday lives, as well as how they, in turn, feed back into science-policy decision-making.

Max integrates these research and creative works with ongoing commitments to mentorship, teaching and service. He supervises postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students through the International Collective on Environment, Culture and Politics. See Max’s ‘current/former students’ page for more about their research and current positions.

Max was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He is proud to be a Badger.

A Note for Prospective Graduate Students

If you are considering applying to the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado and would like to work with me, please send an email with these three attachments:

  1. A C.V.
  2. A description of why you’d like to enroll in the Environmental Studies program, and work in my research group
  3. A statement about how your research interests may relate to one of these two research projects (where I am currently interested in advising students):

Recent Publications

Boykoff, M. and D. Oonk, 2018. Evaluating the perils and promises of academic climate advocacy. Climatic Changedoi: 10.1007/s10584-018-2339-3.

Watts, N., M. Amann, N. Arnell, S. Ayeb-Karlsson, K. Belesova, H. Berry, T. Bouley, M. Boykoff, et al., 2018. The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: Shaping the health of nations for centuries to come. The Lancetdoi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32594-7.

Ghosh, A. and M. Boykoff, 2018. Framing sustainability and climate change: Interrogating discourses in vernacular and English-language media in Sundarbans, India. Geoforumdoi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.11.014.

Boykoff, M., 2018. Burden sharing at the water's edge (Book Review of 'Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore' by Elizabeth Rush). Nature Climate Change 8doi: 10.1038/s41558-018-0288-5.

Boykoff, M. and B. Osnes, 2018. A Laughing Matter? Confronting climate change through humor. Political Geographydoi: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2018.09.006.

Boykoff, M.T., B. Osnes, and R. Safran, 2018. Contando Historias Sobre la Ciencia del Cambio Climático: Dentro del Invernadero. La Comunicacion Audiovisual de la Ciencia, Ed. G. Orozco, M. Frances, and B. Leon, 137-155, Editorial Sintesis.

León, B., M. Boykoff, J. Huda, and C. Rodrigo, 2018. Framing in Climate Change Videos. Communicating Science and Technology Through Online Video: Researching a New Media Phenomenon , Ed. B. León and M. Bourk107-119, Routledge.

Watts, N., M. Amann, S. Ayeb-Karlsson, K. Belesova, T. Bouley, M. Boykoff et al., 2017. The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: From 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health. The Lancet , doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32464-9.

Osnes, B., R. Safran, and M. Boykoff, 2017. Student Content Production of Climate Communications. What is Sustainable Journalism?, Ed. P. Berglez, U. Olausson, and M. Ots93-111, Peter Lang.

Luedecke, G. and M. T. Boykoff, 2017. Environment and the Media. The International Encyclopedia of Geography, Ed. D. Richardson, N. Castree, M. F. Goodchild, A. Kobayashi, W. Liu, and R. A. Marston, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., doi: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0464.

Boykoff, M. T. and G. Luedecke, 2016. Elite News Coverage of Climate Change. Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Climate Science , doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.357.

Goodman, M.K., J. Littler, D. Brockington, and M. Boykoff, 2016. Spectacular environmentalisms: Media, knowledge and the framing of ecological politics. Environmental Communication 10 (6) 677-688, doi: 10.1080/17524032.2016.1219489.

Fischhendler, I., D. Boymel, and M. T. Boykoff, 2016. How Competing Securitized Discourses over Land Appropriation Are Constructed: The Promotion of Solar Energy in the Israeli Desert. Environmental Communication 10 (2) 147-168.

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