Niklas obtained a PhD in Practical Philosophy from Stockholm University in 2012. His undergraduate studies in philosophy were conducted at Linköping University, the University of Aberdeen and Stockholm University. In addition to a degree in philosophy, he has a Master of Sciences in Business and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics. His main research interests are in philosophy of the social sciences and political philosophy.
During his time at the IAS, he will examine an answer to the question of how highly oppressive and unequal societies survive. According to the theory of ideology, unequal societies persist because ideology prevents the members of these societies to act on their real interests. The theory also claims that unequal societies produce the ideology that contributes to the society's persistence. Many philosophers and social scientists have been suspicious of the second claim. He will use recent development in epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of the social sciences to dispel these worries.