Mikael Klintman

I am Professor of Sociology at Lund University in Sweden, and a visiting scholar at CPNSS, at London School of Economics. The overriding theme of my research concerns preconditions for people and organisations to produce valid knowledge and make choices that reduce environmental and health-related harm, in a wide range of sectors. Theoretically, I combine social and behaviour economic strands of thought with evolutionary theory. This combination of thought has helped me developed a framework of “social rationality” for explaining human and organisational motivations to engage in, or not engage in, activities that reduce environmental and health-related harm. This is discussed in depth in my book: “Citizen-Consumers and Evolution: Reducing Environmental Harm through Our Social Motivation” (Palgrave, 2013). More recently, I have examined fundamental lessons that ought to be subject to mutual learning about human interests across the social, economic, and evolutionary sciences, despite the compartmentalisation of each discipline’s knowledge, and often "proud ignorance" of what the others are doing. This work led to my book “Human Sciences and Human Interests”: Integrating the Social, Economic and Social Sciences” (Routledge, 2017).

Dates of Visit: 25 January 2017 – 31 July 2018

Project Title: Understanding and Managing Knowledge Resistance Concerning Environmental Problems

Project Description: Currently, I am working on how to understand and overcome certain versions of, the universal phenomenon of knowledge resistance (including but moving far beyond post-truth and alternative facts), applied to environmental and health-related problems (how various human sciences perceive and analyse resistance to knowledge, with empirical analyses of the extent knowledge resistance can be managed and reduced through various types of knowledge collaborations of diverse participants). I’m doing interviews and focus group discussions with human scientists, and try to see to what extent inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration can serve as ways for coping with conscious as well as unconscious knowledge resistance.