Dr Bernhard Forchtner

Lecturer in Media and Communication

Contact details

Office: 2.14 Bankfield House

Email: bf79@le.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2829

Personal details

My research interests fall within the areas of the discursive construction of social identities through social memories, environmental communication and/or by far right populists/radicals.

I have previously taught in a number of areas, including qualitative methods (critical discourse analysis, narrative analysis), media, sociological theory and environmental sociology as well as memory studies.



As module leader

  • MS1001: Introduction to Media and Communication
  • MS7006: Global Affairs – Actors, Communication and Culture
  • MS7310: Strategic Communications Management

As contributor

  • MS2002: Analysing Communication Processes
  • MS3003: Science, Environment and Risk Communication
  • MS7004: Media and Communication Research Methods
  • MS7306: Advertising Research Methods


My PhD research looked at different ways in which claims to know the lessons from the past can be utilised very differently, thus constituting a range of subject positions. During my PhD, I was also involved in a major research project on multilingualism and identity in the European Union (funded by the European Commission under its Sixth Framework Programme, contract number: 028702).

Since then, my interests have shifted and I am now primarily working on the far right in Europe and environmental communication. Here, I am interested in particular in how issues such as global warming and/or biodiversity (to name only two) are playing their part in far right communication.

I am furthermore increasingly interested in how mainstream discourses about the environmental position subjects and enable inclusion and exclusion. My research has been funded by the European Commission (2013-15, Marie Curie Action, FP7/2007-2013, grant agreement no. 327595), Austrian Academy of Sciences (2009-11) and the Economic and Social Research Council (2007-2010).

Link to Publications


  • Political communication (in particular but not restricted to communication by nationalist/far-right actors across Europe as well as communication by and about the European Union)
  • Environmental communication (in particular but not restricted to how environmental communication might facilitate inclusion and exclusion)
  • Discursive construction of the past/collective memories and research drawing on multimodal (critical) discourse analysis

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Contact Details

School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Campus based courses
E: mcs-enquiries@le.ac.uk
T: +44(0)116 252 3863

Distance Learning Courses
E: css-dl@le.ac.uk
T: 0116 252 3755

Research degrees (campus-based and distance learning courses)
T: +44(0)116 252 2785
E: MCS-Research@le.ac.uk

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