Dr Bernhard Forchtner

Senior Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5230
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: forchtner@gcr21.org





Since 08/2019

University of Leicester

School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Associate Professor

01/2016 - 7/2019

University of Leicester

School of Media, Communication and Sociology


11/2013 - 10/2015

Humboldt-University of Berlin

Marie Curie Fellow

10/2011 - 02/2013

Humboldt-University of Berlin

Humboldt Center for Social and Political Research/ the Berlin Graduate School for Social Sciences

Wilhelm von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow

10/2007 - 10/2007

Lancaster University

Linguistics and English Language

Doctoral student

Research Interests

  • Environmental communication/ politics
  • Far-right communication/ politics
  • Critical Discourse Studies, narrative and visual analysis


Dr Bernhard Forchtner joined the research group 'Global Cooperation and Diverse Conceptions of World Order' in February 2023 and will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre until December 2023.

Research Project at the Centre

Far-Right Environments: Multimodal Narratives and the (De)legitimation of Global Action, 1986-2018

This project proposes the a longitudinal study of far-right multimodal environmental communication to understand how global environmental issues have facilitated far-right world-making and ordering, starting with the Chernobyl disaster (1986). It adopts a narrative approach to written text and images – from photographs to art, cartoons, infographics and scientific figures – to analyse how far-right narrativization of such issues (e.g., nuclear, ozone, climate) has developed. Unveiling the evolution of narratives about global environmental crises is key to reconstructing underlying narrative identities. Indeed, the lack of historicity in work on far-right environmental communication of global issues prevents a thorough understanding of/ response to far-right identity politics and delegitimation of the ‘liberal script’ in world politics today.


  • Political Ecology of the Far Right (PEFR) network
  • International Environmental Communication Association (IECA)
  • Institute for Environmental Futures (University of Leicester)


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

Kristoffer Ekberg, Bernhard Forchtner, Martin Hultman, Kirsti M. Jylhä (2022). Climate Obstruction. How Denial, Delay and Inaction Are Heating the Planet, London: Routledge.

Bernhard Forchtner (ed.) (2021). Narrative in Critical Discourse Studies, Special Issue of Critical Discourse Studies.

Bernhard Forchtner and Özgür Özvatan (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

Bernhard Forchtner and Balša Lubarda (2022). Scepticisms and beyond? A comprehensive portrait of climate change communication by the far right in the European Parliament, Environmental Politics, doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2022.2048556.

Bernhard Forchtner, Marcos Engelken Jorge, and Klaus Eder (2020). Towards a revised theory of collective learning processes: argumentation, narrative and the making of the social bond, European Journal of Social Theory, 23(2): 200-218.

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

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

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

Ruth Wodak and Bernhard Forchtner (eds.) (2017). The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics, Oxon: Routledge.

Bernhard Forchtner (2016). Lessons from the Past? Memory, Narrativity and Subjectivity, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

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