Kirsti was a visiting researcher from the Institute for Futures Studies (Stockholm, Sweden) in 2019.
Kirsti’s research is generally focused on studying the underpinnings of sociopolitical opinions and ideological worldviews, as well as how these opinions and worldviews in their turn influence individuals’ attitudes and behaviors in different contexts. Currently, she is investigating 1) psychological obstacles to climate action (e.g., climate change denial), and 2) psychological and social factors explaining the re-emerge of the radical right in Europe during the past decades.

In SharkLab, Kirsti collaborated with the research team to examine the psychological processes that could explain resistance to change to a plant-based diet, which would be one of the most efficient ways to reduce personal greenhouse gas emissions. She also aims at expanding her research to more generally study attitudes toward non-human animals and humans who aim at protecting animals and improving their rights.


Key Publications

  • Jylhä, K. M., Rydgren, J., & Strimling, P. (2018). Sverigedemokraternas väljare: Vilka är de, var kommer de ifrån och vart är de på väg? [Sweden Democrats’ voters: Who are they, where do they come from and where are they headed?]. Research report 2018:2. Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm.
  • Hellmer, K., Stenson J., & Jylhä, K. M. (2018). What’s (not) underpinning ambivalent sexism?: Revisiting the roles of ideology, religiosity, personality, demographics, and men’s facial hair in explaining hostile and benevolent sexism. Personality and Individual Differences, 122, 29-37.
  • Jylhä, K. M., Cantal, C., Akrami, N. & Milfont, T. L. (2016). Denial of anthropogenic climate change: Social dominance orientation helps explain the conservative male effect in Brazil and Sweden. Personality and Individual Differences, 98, 184-187
  • Jylhä, K. M. & Akrami, N. (2015). Social dominance orientation and climate change denial: The role of dominance and system justification. Personality and Individual Differences, 86, 108-111.
  • Häkkinen*, K. & Akrami, N. (2014). Ideology and climate change denial. Personality and Individual Differences, 70, 62-65.

* Now Jylhä.