Miss Felicia Ronnholm

Research project: How do Right-Wing Populists Frame Climate Change and Why do They Frame it as They do?


My thesis aims to establish how far-right populists frame climate change and why they frame it as they do. Prior research concludes that right-wing populists tend to be climate sceptics, and frame the phenomenon as a trade-off or yes/no issue. However, other theories of far-right populist discourse that have not been studied in relation to climate change, such as conflictive and advocative populist communication, could impact how they frame the phenomenon. Additionally, scholars have argued that the concept of national sovereignty, personal relationships with the fossil fuel industry, and support for those 'left behind' affect why far-right populists frame climate change as they do. My project aims to expand on this research and, as not all far-right populists have ties to the fossil fuel industry, I will investigate if they have close relationships with other high emission and extractive industries that contribute to climate change.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: How do Right-Wing Populists Frame Climate Change and Why do They Frame it as They do?
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After graduating from the Social Science programme at the International High School of the Gothenburg Region, I moved to London to attend BA Creative Writing and Human Rights at Kingston University. I graduated with first-class honours and received the award for the best overall performance by a student on the Human Rights course. Prior to returning to Kingston to study for a PhD, I also graduated with distinction from Middlesex University's MA Environmental Law and Justice course. Throughout my time at university, I focused mainly on researching topics related to environmental and climate politics such as deforestation in Indonesia and Brazil for commercial purposes, environmental movements in the US, and ecocide and wildlife crimes. Furthermore, I conducted research relating to animal rights and environmental ethics. I also engage in animal rights and environmental issues as an activist by taking part in activities on a weekly basis.

Areas of research interest

  • Environmental, Climate and Animal Rights Policy
  • Green Politics
  • Environmental Sociology and Ethics
  • Right-Wing Populism
  • Nationalism
  • Green Criminology
  • Deforestation Policy in Amazonia and Southeast Asia
  • Discourse, Framing and Social Movement Theory


  • BA in Creative Writing and Human Rights, Kingston University
  • MA in Environmental Law and Justice, Middlesex University

Funding or awards received

  • Kurt Belfrages Minnesfond