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Bernhard Forchtner

University of Leicester

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United Kingdom

Bernhard Forchtner is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester (United Kingdom). Before joining Leicester, he was Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences at the Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany). He works on the far right, in particular their environmental communication. Recent publications include ‘Climate change and the far right’ (in WIREs Climate Change, 2019) and the edited volume The Far Right and the Environment (Routledge, 2019).

Country(ies) of Specialty

Austria Germany United Kingdom

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Communications research Climate Justice Public opinion

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Selected Books

Forchtner, B. (2023) (ed). Visualising Far-Right Environments. Communication and the Politics of Nature. Manchester University Press.

Ekberg, K., Forchtner, B., Hultman, M. and Jylhä, K. M. (2022). Climate Obstruction. How Denial, Delay and Inaction are Heating the Planet. Routledge.

Forchtner, B. (ed) (2019). The Far Right and the Environment: Politics, Discourse and Communication. Routledge.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Forchtner, B. and Gruber, M. (forthcoming): Far-right world ordering from the margins: Ethno-ecological degrowth and the nation in the Swiss Democrats’ discourse about the natural environment, Global Studies Quarterly.

Forchtner, B. and Lubarda, B. (2023): Scepticisms and beyond? A comprehensive portrait of climate change communication by the far right in the European Parliament, Environmental Politics, 32(1): 43-68.

Lubarda, B. and Forchtner, B. (2023):Far-right narratives of climate change acceptance and their role in addressing climate skepticism, The Journal of Environmental Education.10.1080/00958964.2023.2257622

Balzter, H., Macul, M., Delaney, B., Tansey, K., Espirito-Santo, F., Ofoegbu, C., Petrovskii, S., Forchtner, B., Nicholes, N., Payo, E., et al. (2023): Loss and damage from climate change: Knowledge gaps and interdisciplinary approaches, Sustainability, 15(15):11864.

Forchtner, B. and Özvatan, Ö. (2022): De/legitimising EUrope through the performance of crises: The far-right Alternative for Germany on “climate hysteria” and “corona hysteria”, Journal of Language and Politics, 21(2): 208 – 232

Forchtner, B. (2019): Climate change and the far right, WIREs Climate Change, 10(5): 1-11. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.604.

Forchtner, B. (2019): Nation, nature, purity: Extreme-right biodiversity in Germany, Patterns of Prejudice, 53(3): 285-301.

Forchtner, B., Kroneder, A. and Wetzel, D. (2018): Being Skeptical? Exploring Far-Right Climate-Change Communication in Germany, Environmental Communication, 12(5): 589-604.

Forchtner, B. and Tominc, A. (2017):Kalashnikov and Cooking-spoon: Neo-Nazism, Veganism and a Lifestyle Cooking Show on YouTube, Food, Culture and Society, 20(3): 415-441.

Forchtner, B. and Kølvraa, C. (2017): Extreme right images of radical authenticity: multimodal aesthetics of history, nature and gender in social media, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 4(3): 252–281.

Forchtner, B. and Kølvraa, C. (2015): The nature of nationalism: populist radical right parties on countryside and climate, Nature & Culture, 10(2): 199–224.