Max Boykoff
Director • Professor • Research Fellow, CIRES
Environmental Studies • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences



Office Hours

  • Wednesdays from 10 - 12pm

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*Office hours will be virtual


Ph.D. Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz (2006)
B.S. Psychology, Ohio State University

Research Interests

  • 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.
  • 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 is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program and is Adjunct faculty in the Department of Geography. In addition, Max is a Senior Visiting Research Associate in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Max also served the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy, which was a part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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 integrates his 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 to 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 describing your research interests and how they may relate to one of the following research projects which is where I am currently interested in advising students: The Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) and Inside the Greenhouse

I prefer to discuss research interests with potential graduate students in person, by telephone or Skype/Zoom before making decisions. So please contact me as soon as you decide that you would like to apply.

A Note to Prospective ENVS Honors Undergraduate Students

My research focuses on cultural politics and climate change.