Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij | Ph.D.


Reader in
Birkbeck College,
University of London



I’m Reader in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), and Research Associate at LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS). I work in social epistemology with a particular interest in the value of truth and what empirical psychology and different predictive models and mechanisms (e.g., prediction markets) tell us about how truth propagates throughout social structures under different circumstances.

On the theoretical side, I’ve worked on

As for applied social epistemology, I’ve

At the moment, I’m

  • looking at addressing problems of public political ignorance by determining electoral outcomes through models of fully informed preferences, which raises interesting questions about both political legitimacy and how to model political behaviour;

  • replicating the type of information effects on political attitudes found through aforementioned models by exploring how different ways of presenting economic evidence concerning migration influence people’s attitudes, together with NIESR and Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS); and

  • defending epistemic consequentialism (see here and here) in a project with Jeff Dunn (DePauw), originally funded by the British Academy. As part of the project, Jeff and I edited a volume on epistemic consequentialism for Oxford University Press, and are currently working on a book-length defence of ‘epistemic utilitarianism.’

For more on my research projects, past and present, see my research projects page.

I live in north east London with my wife and son. Whenever the three of us get a chance, we travel.

You'll find my contact information at the foot of this page.