Sverker Sörlin

Non-resident Long-term Fellow for Programmes on Environmental Humanities, SCAS.
Professor of Environmental History, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm


Sverker Sörlin, b. 1956, has a long-standing career in research policy advice, academic leadership,
and as a public intellectual. He is currently Professor of Environmental History in the Division of
History of Science, Technology and Environment at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stock-
holm and co-founder of the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory. He has held appointments
and visiting positions in universities and institutes in Sweden and abroad, including UC Berkeley,
Cambridge, Cape Town, Oslo, UBC Vancouver, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

A specialist in the history of environmental field sciences, his current research is focused on the
formation of global environmental governance and the science politics of the cryosphere, climate
change and the Anthropocene. As a writer and critic, he has published narrative non-fiction, essays,
biographies, journalistic pieces and scripts for television and film. He is also a government adviser
on research policy and, during the past few years, has worked in particular on the history and future
of the humanities. He is a member of the Climate Policy Council of eight experts appointed by the
Swedish government and charged with evaluating, on an annual basis, the government’s policies to
reach the net zero emission target by 2045. 

Recent books in English include The Future of Nature (with Libby Robin and Paul Warde, Yale UP,
2013), The Environment – a History of the Idea (with Libby Robin and Paul Warde, Johns Hopkins
University Press 2018) and Grounding Urban Natures: Histories and Futures of Urban Ecologies
(co-edited with Henrik Ernstson, MIT Press 2019). He has also published a book on Antropocen -
En essä om människans tidsålder
(in Swedish, The Anthropocene: An Essay of the Age of Humanity,
Weyler  2017). He serves on the editorial board of several journals, including the Environmental
Humanities
(Duke UP), Environment and Planning E, and The Anthropocene Review.

He currently leads (2018-2023) the ERC Advanced Grant project SPHERE – Study of the Planetary
Human Earth Relationship: The Rise of Global Environmental Governance
at KTH, along with
partners in Cambridge, Berkeley, and Sydney. 


This information is accurate as of the academic year 2020-21.