Sverker Sörlin

“Frost or Heat on Humanities and Social Sciences? Understanding the Climate Change in North American Knowledge Landscapes”


Sverker Sörlin (Ph.D. Umeå 1988) is a professor of Environmental History at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, where he is also a member of the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory (2012–18). His research focuses on the roles and functions of knowledge in environmentally informed modern societies; currently he works on projects on the science politics of climate change, the emergence of and changes within environmental expertise, and the environmental turn in the humanities and the social sciences. Professor Sörlin’s latest publication include Science, Geopolitics and Culture in the Polar Region – Norden beyond Borders (ed., Ashgate 2013) and The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change (ed. with Libby Robin and Paul Warde, Yale UP, 2013). He has written a biography of Charles Darwin (in Swedish, 2009) and published articles in journals such as BioScience, Environmental Science & Policy, and Science in Context. He is frequently consulted by the Swedish government as a policy analyst/advisor and was a scholar at Princeton’s prestigious Institute of Advanced Study in 2013–14.

Personal website at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Stockholm