Miranda Boettcher is a Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. She is primarily involved in a research project which examines how a wide array of stakeholders, agendas, and bodies of knowledge shape the ongoing development of climate engineering as a set of imaginaries, discourses and policy options.
Her current research combines her background in linguistics and environmental politics to assess the discursive social construction and legitimization of research and governance agendas in emerging technology fields, using climate engineering as a case-study. Her work aims to help understand the formation of terms, objects, narrative rationales and authoritative governance roles structuring demands for and responses to climate engineering research governance, thereby shedding light on the discursive structures underpinning meaning-making on governance in this emerging field.
Miranda Boettcher worked in the International Relations Department at the University of Heidelberg from 2010 – 2012. Subsequently, she worked as an Investigator for the Mintz Group in San Francisco, and was then employed as a Research Analyst by the Berlin-based consultancy firm Foresight Intelligence before joining the IASS in 2015.