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Dr. Manès Weisskircher is Head of the DRESDEN-concept Research Group “REXKLIMA – Far-right politics versus climate action?”


Right-wing extremism and the politics of climate change are two of the most pertinent political phenomena of our time, but they are usually examined separately in the social sciences. The junior research group REXKLIMA (Far-right politics versus climate action? Nationalist opposition in a transnational political field) amalgamates both issues.

Dr. Manès Weisskircher leads the group, which is based at two DRESDEN-concept partner institutions: the Institute of Political Science at TUD Dresden University of Technology and the Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies (HAIT). The research group is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for a period of five years (2023 to 2027). Dr. Manès Weisskircher has led the DRESDEN-concept research group since November 1, 2023.

Dr. Manès Weisskircher addresses three questions to give us an insight into REXKLIMA's research work:

Manès Weisskircher has a Magister in Political Science and a Magister in International Development from the University of Vienna, as well as a Master of Science in Economic History from the London School of Economics (LSE), and a Master of Research in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI). He also completed his doctorate on social movements and political protest at the EUI in 2019. From 2017 to 2021, Dr. Manès Weisskircher worked as a Research Associate at the Mercator Forum Migration and Democracy (MIDEM) and the Chair of Political Theory at the Institute of Political Science at TUD. After his stay as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, he returned to TUD and HAIT in Dresden as the Junior Research Group Leader of the REXKLIMA group.

  • REXKLIMA is interdisciplinary and works across various TUD institutes – the subproject “Right-wing populist and far-right ecology: ideology and framing” is based at TUD’s Institute of Political Science.
  • The subproject “Right-wing populist and right-wing extremist ecology: mobilization and effects” is conducted at the HAIT.

In addition, the members of REXKLIMA also investigate other key issues in right-wing populism and right-wing extremism research, particularly in the areas of research on political parties and protest.