Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij | Ph.D.


Reader in
Birkbeck College,
University of London



I’m Reader in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, and a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). I work in social epistemology, both theoretical and applied, with a particular interest in the value of truth and what empirical psychology and different types of statistical models might tell us about how that value likely propagates (or fails to propagate) throughout social structures under different social circumstances and interventions.

On the theoretical side, I’ve worked on

As for applied social epistemology, I’ve

  • explored the problems posed for democracy by public ignorance (see here and here) and the pitfalls of social deliberation in democratic decision making; and

  • done experimental work on self-resolving information markets to explore if such markets can be made to match traditional markets in accuracy, without relying on external events in settling pay-offs.

At present, I’m

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.