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Research Research Projects DBU: Climate scepticism - argumentation patterns and psycho-social background

Climate Scepticism - Argumentation Patterns and Psycho-Social Background

Research Project


The project "Die Klimaskeptiker - Argumentationsmuster und psychosoziale Hintergründe" is a qualitative study based on in-depth interviews. The project explores the following fundamental questions: Which non-conscious resistances play a decisive role for climate opponents? And how can a guideline for communication with climate opponents be developed by analyzing their arguments?

The planned project is therefore concerned with discussing the question of why the communication of knowledge about climate change encounters internal resistance among certain citizens. This is particularly true when climate researchers publicly state and justify that climate change is highly likely to be man-made.

Knowledge about the psychological, psychosocial, and unconscious reasons for climate scepticism makes it possible to develop a guideline for communication with climate sceptics. This should contribute to defusing the public discussion with climate sceptics.




Research Partner and Funding Institution

Contact Person

Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. rer. pol. Alexander J. Wulf


Professor für Wirtschaftsrecht
Room H.810
Telephone +49 30 374 374 -420 Send an email