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 the ways in which social institutions—ranging from individual organisations to societies as a whole—can be set up to promote it.

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 in collaboration with Dysrupt Labs, 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 reserach 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.