Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij | Ph.D.


Reader in
Birkbeck College,
University of London



I’m Reader in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, Visiting 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 or mechanisms (e.g., prediction markets) might tell us about how that value propagates throughout social structures under different circumstances.

On the theoretical side, I’ve worked on

As for applied social epistemology, I’ve

  • done experimental work on self-resolving information markets to demonstrate that such markets can be made to match traditional markets in accuracy, without relying on external events in settling pay-offs; and

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

At the moment, 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.