Pontus Strimling

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

  • Jylhä, Kirsti M., Rydgren,Jens & Pontus Strimling (2019), Radical right‐wing voters from right and left: Comparing Sweden Democrat voters who previously voted for the Conservative Party or the Social Democratic Party, Scandinavian Political Studies, doi.org/10.1111/1467-9477.12147.

  • Strimling, P, Vartanova, I, Jansson, F & K Eriksson, (2019), The connection between moral positions and moral arguments drives opinion change, Nature human behaviour, 1-9.

  • Eriksson, K, Simpson, B & P Strimling (2019), Political double standards in reliance on moral foundations, Judgment and decision making,Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 440–454.