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Researcher

Kirsti Jylhä

Telephone: +46 8 402 12 00

Kirsti Jylhä

PhD, Psychology

I received my doctorate at Uppsala University in 2016. In my thesis, I studied psychology of climate change denial. My focus was more specifically on investigating which ideological variables help explain the variation in, for example, individuals’ tendency to believe that human activities are causing changes in the climate system and that these changes may have negative consequences.

My research aims generally at studying the psychological and social underpinnings of sociopolitical opinions and ideological worldviews, as well as how these opinions and worldviews in their turn influence individuals’ attitudes and behaviors in different contexts.

My current project aims to examine and overcome the psychological barriers to climate action.  I also study with Pontus Strimling and Jens Rydgren how people's voting behavior and party choice are influenced by underlying psychological structures and sociological factors.

Three recently published works:

  • Jylhä, Kirsti , Strimling, Pontus & Rydgren, Jens, Sweden Democrat voters. Who are they, where do they come from, and where are they headed?, Research Report 2019:1, 108 p., Institute for Futures Studies.

  • Jylhä, K. M. (2018). Denial versus reality of climate change. In D. DellaSala, & M. Goldstein (Eds). Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene. Elsevier.

  • Hellmer, K., Stenson T. J., & Jylhä, K. M. (2018). What's (not) underpinning ambivalent sexism?: Revisiting the roles of ideology, religiosity, personality, demographics, and men's facial hair in explaining hostile and benevolent sexism. Personality and Individual Differences, 122, 29-37.