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Knowledge Resistance: Causes, Consequences, and Cures

Knowledge resistance – in simplified terms referring to people being unable or unwilling to accept available and established knowledge – represents one of the key challenges facing contemporary democracies.

The research program ”Knowledge Resistance: Causes, Consequences, and Cures" – is a six-year interdisciplinary research program starting in 2019, with professor Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm University) as Primary Investigator (PI).

The main purpose of the research program is to form and offer an established framework within which knowledge resistance can be investigated, theoretically as well as empirically.

The research program includes around fifteen scholars from four disciplines: philosophy, psychology, political science, and media and communication science.

Among other things, the research program will investigate the supply of disinformation in traditional and social media, and the role of selective exposure and selective attention to different forms of media and media messages, as well as the moderating and mediating role of trust in media, for knowledge resistance.

Project leader for media and communication

Professor Jesper Strömbäck.

Participating scholars

  • Hajo Boomgaarden, professor at the University of Wien
  • Rens Vliegenthart, professor at the University of Amsterdam
  • Yariv Tsfati, professor at the University of Haifa


The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences

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