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Kirsti M. Jylhä

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

Kirsti Jylhä is a 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 dispositions in explaining variation in climate change denial, such as the tendency to believe that human activities are not causing changes in the climate system and that these changes will not have serious consequences. In her current research, the focus is more broadly on different attitudes, emotions, and beliefs related to environmental issues. Jylhä is a board member of the Association for Climate and Environmental Communication Science (Ilvies RY, in Finland), that aims to develop both research and public impact of environmental communication and related fields.

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Jylhä, K.M., Stanley, S., Ojala, M., & Clarke, E.J.R. (2023). Science denial: A narrative review and recommendations for future research and practice. European Psychologist.

Mosquera, J., & Jylhä, K.M. (2022). How to feel about climate change? An analysis of the normativity of climate emotions. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 30(3), 357-380.

Sangervo, J., Jylhä, K. M., & Pihkala, P. 2022. Climate anxiety: Conceptual considerations, and connections with climate hope and actionGlobal Environmental Change, 76, 102569. 

Pihkala, P., Sangervo, J., & Jylhä, K. M. (2022). Nuorten ilmastoahdistus ja ympäristötunteet [Climate anxiety and environmental emotions of young people]. In T. Kiilakoski (Ed.), Doing things sustainably. Youth Barometer 2021. Helsinki: Ministry of Education and Culture, The State Youth Council, and The Finnish Youth Research Network. 

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.

Pihkala, P., Cantell, H., Jylhä, K. M., Lyytimäki, J., Paloniemi, R., Pulkka, A., & Ratinen, I. (2020). Ahdistuksen vai innostuksen ilmasto? Ilmastoviestinnän ja -kasvatuksen keinoja ilmastoahdistuksesta selviytymiseen [A climate of anxiety or enthusiasm? Means of climate communication and -education for coping with climate anxiety]. In E. Pekkarinen, & T. Tuukkanen (Eds). Maapallon tulevaisuus ja lapsen oikeudet [Future of the planet and the rights of the child]. Office of the Ombudsman for Children in Finland.  

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

Jylhä, K. M. (2018). Denial versus reality of climate change. In D. DellaSala, & M. Goldstein (Eds). Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene2, 487-492. Elsevier Science & Technology.

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)

Häkkinen, K. & Akrami, N. (2014). Ideology and climate change denialPersonality and Individual Differences, 70, 62-65.