Sustainability transitions & transition management; sustainability governance; embodied & enactive cognition; anticipation & experiential futuring; adaptation & transformation.
Marisa Manheim’s research investigates how embodied experiences can be mobilized to build consensus and develop creative approaches to solving society’s sustainability challenges. This research lies at the intersection of design, public participation in science and technology, and sustainability transitions management. Marisa has a background in user experience design and spent eight years prior to her Ph.D. as policy and programming director for an urban agriculture nonprofit in Pittsburgh, PA. Her doctoral research, which investigated decision-making about recycled wastewater as a drinking water supply in Arizona, received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, a Babbitt Center Dissertation Fellowship and a WateReuse Arizona Scholarship.