Pontus Strimling

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Pontus Strimling

Associate Professor, Economics

I am a research leader at the Institute for Future Studies, on the theme "New Technologies and the future of humanity", and assistant manager at the Centre for Cultural Evolution.

I am a methodically broad researcher of social science who investigates how culture changes. At the moment I am actively working on how AI will influence society in the coming 15 years and why values and norms change.

In my work I focus on changes of patterns on a societal level depending on large quantities of individual events. Examples of central variables that my explanations are based on are: what governs purchasing decisions, what behaviours are most likely to be punished or what arguments lie behind different values. With a starting point in these events on an individual level, I make mathematical models that predict societal changes such as changes in the public opinion, or which AI applications that are being spread. 

Three recently published works:

  • Eriksson K, Vartanova I, Strimling P, Simpson B. (2018) Generosity pays: Selfish people have fewer children and earn less money. J Pers Soc Psychol. doi:10.1037/pspp0000213.

  • Strimling, P., & Frey, S. (2018). Emergent Cultural Differences in Online Communities’ Norms of Fairness. Games and Culture, 1555412018800650.

  • Strimling, P., de Barra, M., & Eriksson, K. (2018). Asymmetries in punishment propensity may drive the civilizing process. Nature Human Behaviour, 1.