Skip to content
Simon Matti
Simon Matti

Simon Matti

Professor and Head of Subject
Luleå University of Technology
Political Science
Social Sciences
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
+46 (0)920 492331
A316 Luleå

I am professor of political science, at the Political Science Unit, Luleå University of Technology, and senior researcher at the Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), University of Gothenburg.

I recieved my MSc in Political Sciences and my PhD ( 2003 and 2009 respectively) from Luleå. I have also studied at the School of Politics, International Relations and the Environment (SPIRE), Keele University, UK.


Currently, I teach on the following courses: Comparative Politics; Democracy, Development and Democratization; as well as Institutional Theory. Additionally, I give guest lectures on several other courses and programmes, mainly on the topics of democracy, political systems and environmental politics.


My current research interests primarily deals with: Public policy; Values, public opinion and behaviour; Legitimacy; policy strategies and instruments; as well as issues concerning citizenship and democracy.

My thesis, Exploring Public Policy Legitimacy: A Study of Belief-System Correspondence in Swedish Environmental Policy, dealt with the issue of policy legitimacy, where the importance of legitimacy for policy perfomance constitutes the starting-point for a comparison of the normative principles embedded in political aspirations and expressed through the official policy discourse, and the beliefs and values held by those subject to the policy. In the thesis, I discuss the concept of policy legitimacy theoretically and construct a framework for studying and evaluating it. This framework is applied to the case of Swedish household-oriented environmental policy by the use of a qualitative analysis of Swedish policy documents (years 1994-2006) and two mass-surveys to Swedish citizens. The thesis was written as a part of the SHARP Research Programme, financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning.

This video has been blocked due to your cookie settings.
Accept marketing cookies or watch the video on Youtube.


Article in journal

Cross-national analysis of attitudes towards fossil fuel subsidy removal (2023)

Harring. N, Jönsson. E, Matti. S, Mundaca. G, Jagers. S
Nature Climate Change, Vol. 13, s. 244-249
Article in journal

Public acceptance of fossil fuel subsidy removal can be reinforced with revenue recycling (2023)

Harring. N, Jönsson. E, Matti. S, Mundaca. G, Jagers. S
Nature Climate Change, Vol. 13, s. 214-215
Article in journal

A Research Agenda to Better Understand the Human Dimensions of Energy Transitions (2021)

Steg. L, Perlaviciute. G, Sovacool. B, Bonaiuto. M, Diekmann. A, Filippini. M, et al.
Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 12
Article in journal

Bridging the ideological gap? How fairness perceptions mediate the effect of revenue recycling on public support for carbon taxes in the United States, Canada and Germany (2021)

Jagers. S, Lachapelle. E, Martinsson. J, Matti. S
Review of Policy Research, Vol. 38, nr. 5, s. 529-554