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R.S. (Robin) Tschötschel MSc

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Political Communication & Journalism

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number:C 8.02
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
Contact details
  • PhD Research

    Under the current working title "In the thick of a Gestaltshift: climate change and the public sphere", my PhD research was dedicated to investigating how news media portray political and scientific consensus and controversy about climate change and how citizens respond to these portrayals.

    In three related studies comparing Germany and the United States, I showed that in the former, climate change is primarily debated as a political, rather than a scientific issue. This results in political actors across the spectrum increasingly incorporating 'green' ideas into their profiles. In addition, citizens don't respond to information about climate science the same way they do in the US, where politically motivated attacks on climate science are more pervasive.

    With most empirical research done, my current focus lies on drawing overarching theoretical conclusions about how to understand the current state of the public conversation about climate change. I also develop and disseminate recommendations for scientists, journalists, politicians and citizens who want to play a role in making a just transition to a carbon-neutral future happen.

  • CV, Affiliations, and External Links
  • Publications




    • Tschötschel, R. S. (2020). Identity polarisation in German and US online climate change news. Paper presented at International Communication Association (ICA), Gold Coast, Australia.
    • Tschötschel, R. S. (2020). Studying identity and knowledge in mediated communication using Actor-Network Theory. Paper presented at Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap 2020, .


    • Tschötschel, R. S. (2019). Co-constructing identity and knowledge through communication: The case of climate change. Paper presented at ECREA's Political Communication Section Interim Conference, Poznań, Poland.
    • Tschötschel, R. S., & Jacobs, T. (2019). Actor-networks caught in discourse: Disentangling knowledge and identity.
    • Tschötschel, R. S., Schuck, A. R. T., & Wonneberger, A. (2019). The good, the bad and the ugly: Patterns of controversy in German, Canadian, and US climate change news. Paper presented at Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap, Nijmegen, .
    • Tschötschel, R. S., Schuck, A. R. T., & Wonneberger, A. (2019). The good, the bad and the ugly:
 Patterns of controversy and consensus in German, Canadian, and US climate change news. Paper presented at Conference on Communication and Environment, Vancouver, Canada.


    • Tschötschel, R. S., Wonneberger, A., & Schuck, A. R. T. (2018). Patterns of controversy in US, Canadian, and German online climate change news. Paper presented at ECREA Bi-Annual Conference 2018, Lugano, Switzerland.


    • Burgers, L. (organiser), Mak, C. (participant) & Tschötschel, R. (participant) (31-10-2019). Discussing Climate Change with Future Generations, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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