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Kirsti M. Jylhä

Institute for Futures Studies
Email kirsti.jylha [at] iffs [period/dot] se

Kirsti Jylhä is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, Sweden. She received her doctorate at Uppsala University in September 2016. In her PhD research, she studied the role of ideological attitudes and personality in explaining variation in climate change denial, such as individuals’ tendency to believe that human activities are causing changes in the climate system and that these changes will have serious consequences. Kirsti’s current postdoctoral project investigates climate-related attitudes and beliefs further and aims to develop ways to overcome the psychological barriers to climate action.

Kirsti M. Jylhä’s website.


Jylhä KM, Tam K-P, Milfont TL. 2021. “Acceptance of group-based dominance and climate change denial: A cross-cultural study in Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Sweden,” Asian Journal of Social Psychology. 2021;24(2):198-207.

Jylhä KM, Strimling P, Rydgren J. 2020. “Climate Change Denial among Radical Right-Wing Supporters,” Sustainability. 2020;12(23):10226.

Kirsti M. Jylhä, Jens Rydgren & Pontus Strimling. 2019. ”Sweden Democrat voters: Who are they, where do they come from and where are they headed?Research report, Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm (May 2019).

Kirsti M. Jylhä. 2018. ”Denial versus reality of climate change.” In Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (2018).

Kirsti M. Jylhä, Jens Rydgren. & Pontus Strimling. 2018. ”Sverigedemokraternas väljare: Vilka är de, var kommer de ifrån och vart är de på väg?” Research report, Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm (2018).

Kirsti M. Jylhä. 2016. “Ideological roots of climate change denial: Resistance to change, acceptance of inequality, or both?Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (September 2016).

Kirsti M. Jylhä, Clara Cantal, Nazar Akrami, & Taciano L. Milfont. 2016. “Denial of anthropogenic climate change: Social dominance orientation helps explain the conservative male effect in Brazil and Sweden,Personality and Individual Differences (August 2016).

Kirsti M. Jylhä. 2016. “Refusing to acknowledge the problem: Interests of the few, implications for the many.” In E-IR Edited Collections: Environment, climate change and international relations, E-International Relations Publishing (August 2016).

Kirsti M. Jylhä & Nazar Akrami. 2015. “Social dominance orientation and climate change denial: The role of dominance and system justification,”Personality and Individual Differences (November 2015)

Media Coverage

A person portrait of Kirsti Jylhä and an interview on her research on climate change denial by Laura Hallamaa. Unbelievable change,” Helsingin Sanomat, May 5, 2020.

A person portrait of Kirsti Jylhä and an interview on her research on climate change denial by Jennie Aquilonius. Obsessed with changing the world,” Universitetsläraren, February 10, 2020.

Interview with Kirsti Jylhä about climate change denial by Hanna Eskonen.Why do same people doubt climate change and oppose immigration? Yle, April 22, 2019.

Kirsti Jylhä’s research on climate change denial discussed by Neha Thirani Bagri. You need to get inside the mind of a climate change denier if you want to change it,” Quartz, November 17, 2016.

Kirsti Jylhä’s research on climate change denial discussed by Kevin Enochs. Does Climate Change Exist? Depends on Your State of Mind,” Voice of America, October 7, 2016.